JCMC opens new team member parking garage, first...


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Marking the first major step in a series of construction projects planned for Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC), Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) officials celebrated the opening of a new parking garage on the JCMC campus Wednesday morning.

The 277,660-square-foot structure houses 867 parking spaces designed for use by MSHA team members. It was constructed on the south side of the hospital in order to free up parking for patients and families close to the Heart Center, Chest Pain Center, and ICU. The completion of the parking garage is also a crucial first step in making room for the new surgery tower scheduled to be completed on the south side of JCMC in 2013.

"Mountain States Health Alliance and our flagship hospital, JCMC, committed to moving forward with this structure when many others were pulling back on capital projects. In this economic climate, that took a lot of courage on the part of our leadership and our board of directors," said Candace Jennings, MSHA's senior vice president of Tennessee operations. "At this time of year when all our thoughts turn to giving thanks for the blessings we have, we are especially thankful that MSHA has been able to make this investment in the future, looking forward to even bigger and better projects that will benefit the residents of Johnson City and the region at large."

Groundbreaking for the new surgery tower is scheduled to take place in January. The 160,000-square-foot addition will feature 16 operating suites, expanded and updated to house the latest surgical technology and equipment, along with 48 patient beds for pre- and post-surgical care. Beneath the surgery center, hospital officials are planning an expanded Regional Cancer Center with updated radiation therapy equipment and expanded patient exam rooms. Other updates planned at JCMC include remodeling of patient rooms and nurses stations in the Women's Center for improved comfort and better workflow, a new central sterile supply center, and updated heating and cooling equipment for the entire facility.

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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