MSHA opens new outpatient rehab center on State of Franklin

10/17/2011


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) officials held a ribbon-cutting and open house Monday to celebrate the new location for MSHA’s outpatient rehabilitation services. The event marks the culmination of a collaborative relationship that has developed over the past several years among Mountain States Health Alliance, State of Franklin Healthcare Associates (SoFHA), the City of Johnson City and the Washington County government.

“This journey started just a few short years ago when MSHA purchased SoFHA’s former facility on Princeton Road, which then helped the SoFHA physicians to move into their new facility in Med Tech Park,” said Candace Jennings, MSHA senior vice president for Tennessee operations. “In deciding what to do with that newly acquired space, we realized that there was an opportunity for collaboration with Johnson City and Washington County to swap properties, and we began arrangements to trade the Princeton property for this facility you see today.”

That move allowed the Washington County Health Department to move into a larger space, helping them better serve the needs of their patient population.

In 2010, Washington County took ownership of the former SoFHA building, and MSHA began renovations on the building at 415 N. State of Franklin Road. MSHA invested more than $1 million to renovate the building and prepare it for outpatient rehab patients.

During Monday’s event, Misty Collins, a patient who received treatment at Mountain States Rehabilitation after a car accident, spoke about the building and staff.

“The building is so clean, the therapists are so helpful, and while no one wants to go through a car accident, they really treat their patients well here,” Collins said.

Grace Pereira, MSHA assistant vice president over rehabilitation services, pointed out that this new location consolidated multiple sites into one convenient location near Johnson City Medical Center.

“Bringing it all together is more convenient for our patients and our physicians,” Pereira said.

Johnson City Commissioner Jane Myron said, “This is an example of great collaboration between the city, the county and private businesses working together to improve the lives of local 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
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