Health Resources Center to offer free health education to Kingsport-area residents

9/14/2011


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Building on 14 years of success in the region, the Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) Health Resources Center (HRC) will soon begin offering health education and screening services to the residents of Kingsport and its surrounding communities. The Kingsport Health Resources Center will open in November on the second level of the Kingsport Town Center next to JCPenney. Kingsport residents will start to see signs go up at the HRC’s new location as renovation of the existing space begins next week.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to offer HRC services to the Kingsport area,” said Monty McLaurin, MSHA vice president and CEO of Indian Path Medical Center. “Our goal is to provide a convenient resource for community members to access health information and connect with programs that can help them live healthier lives.”

The HRC provides a number of free and low-cost health screenings along with free health classes on a variety of topics, including diabetes management, cardiovascular health, nutrition and fitness, mental wellness, tobacco cessation, and weight loss. The classes are led by health professionals, including registered nurses, registered dietitians and physicians.

“One of our goals is to make the physicians of Indian Path Medical Center available to the community as a resource,” said Susan McAuley, a registered nurse and manager of the HRC. “They will be presenting educational programs at the HRC that are free to the community, and individuals will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact directly with the physicians in that setting. These free classes are a great way to get acquainted with various physicians in our area as well as new services that are being offered.”

The HRC also hosts support groups for sleep disorders, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, multiple myeloma, cardiovascular disease and more.

“We’ve always tried to position the mall as a valuable community resource, and this partnership with the Health Resources Center and Indian Path Medical Center will allow us to offer even more beneficial services to the Kingsport community,” said Kevin Harmon, general manager of the Kingsport Town Center. “We look forward to hosting a variety of health fairs, programs and services that will enrich the lives of our customers and help them meet their own health goals.”

The Johnson City HRC has been recognized as a national leader in hospital-sponsored community health education. Other health systems from across the country have studied the HRC’s model and reproduced it in their own markets. Still, McAuley said, the new HRC won’t be taking a cookie-cutter approach.

“We’re not just going to copy everything we’re doing in Johnson City,” McAuley said. “We’re going to go in and listen to the residents and look for feedback on the best way to meet their needs. We want to be sure that we’re offering programs that address what’s most important to Kingsport-area residents.”


About Mountain States Health Alliance
Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit www.msha.com.
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