MSHA to open Regional Cancer Center in Elizabethton

6/13/2012


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) officials announced plans this week to open a new Regional Cancer Center at Sycamore Shoals Hospital (SSH). The outpatient oncology clinic will be located in the medical office building at 1497 West Elk Ave., Suite 11.

Oncologists Dr. Martin Palmeri and Dr. Devapiran Jaishankar will begin seeing patients at the new office in July. The clinic will offer consultations, lab work, and diagnostic scans as well as basic outpatient care like port flushes and injections.

“These services used to mean a trip to Johnson City for patients in Carter and Johnson Counties,” said Vanessa Bramble, MSHA’s director of oncology services. “Now, patients will be able to receive quality care from the physicians they trust closer to home.”

The clinic is part of the Sycamore Shoals Hospital’s larger move toward providing services that are targeted to meet the needs of the community it serves.

“There are a lot of oncology patients in our community who will be served by this clinic,” said Dwayne Taylor, CEO of SSH. “We are always listening to what the community tells us they need, and we’re glad to be able to announce this new service as part of our plans to better meet the needs of our area’s growing senior population. We believe the patients will appreciate the convenience and ease of using this clinic.”

Initially, the clinic will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with potential to expand service days as demand indicates. Patients can reach the clinic by calling the same number they currently use – 423-232-6900. Calls for Dr. Palmeri or Dr. Jaishankar or their staff will automatically be routed to their current location, so patients won’t need to call a different number on clinic day.

 “Of all the things that are important to a cancer patient, time is one of the most precious,” Bramble said. “If we can save our patients a trip to Johnson City, that’s more time that they can spend doing the things that are important to them.”

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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