US News & World Report recognizes JCMC heart program


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Four Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) hospitals were recognized by U.S. News and World Report this year in the Best Hospitals 2011 ranking. The recognition, broken down by specialties, recognizes high performers in each category. Johnson City Medical Center, Indian Path Medical Center, Norton Community Hospital and Johnston Memorial Hospital were all recognized as high performers this year.

Among other specialties, Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) was recognized as a high performer in Cardiology and Heart Surgery.

“The US News and World Report recognition of JCMC as a high-performing cardiology and heart surgery program is truly amazing, as it goes beyond the Tri-Cities," said Ed Herbert, vice president of communications and marketing for MSHA. “JCMC is the only hospital from the Tri-Cities, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Roanoke (VA) or Asheville (NC) to be recognized. That recognition is a real honor, not only for the hospital but the Johnson City market.”

"We are honored that US News has chosen to recognize the superior cardiology program at JCMC,” said Cindy Salyer, vice president for cardiovascular services at MSHA. “But the real winners are our patients, who reap the benefit of excellent heart care. Our team of physicians, clinical caregivers and other team members are passionate about delivering our vision of world class heart care. These honors and recognitions are due to their efforts and are the result of the loving care they bring to each and every heart patient."

JCMC has been the Tri-Cities’ volume leader for heart services for the past 10 years, with more patients receiving their heart care there than at any other hospital.

JCMC was recognized by US News as a high performer in the following specialties:
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

Indian Path Medical Center was recognized as a high performer in the following specialties:
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology
    Norton Community Hospital was recognized as a high performer in pulmonology, and Johnston Memorial Hospital was recognized as a high performer in ear, nose and throat.
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    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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