Johnson County Community Hospital celebrates 20 years of caring

2/23/2012


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MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. – Johnson County Community Hospital (JCCH) celebrated its 20th anniversary Tuesday, giving staff and community members a chance to reflect on the long journey the hospital has taken and on what the facility means to the community.

“It was 20 years ago this month that Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC), in partnership with this community and some wonderful friends, reopened the old Johnson County hospital,” said Lisa Heaton, AVP/administrator for JCCH. “It had been closed several times in its history, but we are so proud to say today that we have made it for 20 years.”

The two-bed hospital, which is part of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), is the only acute care facility in the Mountain City area, operating a 24-hour emergency department and providing various other services, including cardiac rehabilitation, respiratory therapy and various diagnostic services. JCCH was designated a critical access hospital in 2001. It received the 2011 Rural Health Quality Award from the National Rural Health Association and the 2011 HealthLeaders Media’s Top Leadership Team Award for Small and Rural Hospitals.

Johnson County Community Hospital also offers Wings Air Rescue service, enabling quick transport of patients in need of higher-level service to Sycamore Shoals Hospital or Johnson City Medical Center.

The anniversary celebration was held in the JCCH conference room and was broadcast live on WMCT-AM radio. Heaton was presented with a plaque commemorating the hospital’s 20 years of service. Heaton, JCCH Board of Directors chairman Jim Vincill and MSHA Vice President for Marketing & Communications Ed Herbert spoke briefly about the history of the hospital, which changed names, sizes and locations several times, and how it has become a stable and important part of the community.

Johnson County originally opened a hospital in 1972 that went through several changes, and it was closed in 1988. The facility reopened in 1992, in partnership with Johnson City Medical Center, and when Mountain States Health Alliance was formed it became part of MSHA. In 1998 JCCH moved to its current location.

It is one of the smallest hospitals in the nation, with only two beds, but had more than 10,000 emergency department visits last year, and a financial impact study last year by East Tennessee State University showed an economic impact on Johnson County of more than $7 million per year.

 “Over the years we’ve been through a lot of changes – name changes, administrative changes – but one thing that has never changed is the relationship we have with our friends, our community and Mountain States Health Alliance,” Heaton said. “And we want to congratulate our team members who’ve been here for 20 years.”

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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