Mountain States honored as Economic Ambassador by WCEDC


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States Health Alliance has been recognized as an Economic Ambassador by the Washington County Economic Development Council. The award was announced at the WCEDC Annual Meeting, held at the Millennium Centre.

The honor is bestowed upon people or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the economic development of Washington County, Tenn., and the Tri-Cities region.

“Mountain States truly is an ambassador for economic development for our area,” said Mitch Miller, CEO for the WCEDC. “They’re the largest health care provider in Washington County and the region. It’s a great impact they’ve had, not only in the health care field but overall to the region’s economy.”

Mountain States’ impact is a result of being the area’s largest employer, with more than 8,000 jobs in the region and an estimated regional impact of about $1.3 billion for the Tri-Cities and $680 million in Washington County alone, Miller said.

In choosing Mountain States for the award, the WCEDC recognized the five Washington County facilities for their accolades, noting Franklin Woods Community Hospital as the first LEED-certified “green” hospital in the state; Niswonger Children’s Hospital as the region’s only children’s hospital and home for one of only six St. Jude Research Hospital Affiliate Clinics; and Mountain States’ flagship hospital, Johnson City Medical Center, as one of six Level 1 Trauma Centers in Tennessee.

Also noted were two major partnerships recently announced in Washington County that are expected to create 100 new jobs. A contract was signed with HealthSouth Corporation to allow HealthSouth to take over management of MSHA’s Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital and expand to include additional rehabilitation beds. A second agreement was made through a letter of intent with Signature HealthCARE to build a new assisted living and skilled nursing facility at the site of the former of North Side Hospital, an estimated $16 million investment that will be complete within two years.

Miller also noted Mountain States has been a leader in developing the Med-Tech Regional Business Park, a 130-acre mixed-use medical and technology-oriented development with 22 individual building sites valued at over $100 million. Among its facilities are Franklin Woods, The Wellness Center and MSHA’s corporate headquarters.

“Mountain States stepped up and really was a leader in developing a regional business park that brought in not only new health care opportunities but also the opportunity for technology-related companies here in Washington County,” Miller said. “We truly are fortunate to have an organization like Mountain States here.”

The Economic Ambassador Award was one of four honors given out at the awards banquet. The other three were:

Community Champion Award – Tweetsie Trail Task Force

Commercial Project of the Year – Tupelo Honey Cafe in downtown Johnson City

Industry/Office Project of the Year – NN Inc., for expanding their company and bringing their corporate headquarters to the SunTrust Bank Building in Johnson City

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