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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bristol Regional offers safe sitter babysitting course

Bristol Regional Medical Center will be hosting a child care safety course for girls and boys, ages 11-15 and curriculum is done through Safe Sitter Inc., to provide life skills, safety skills, and child care training. ... read more about Bristol Regional offers safe sitter babysitting course.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Kenny Shafer named chief operating officer for Johnson City Medical Center

Kenny Shafer, an accomplished healthcare executive with extensive experience in Ballad Health hospitals, has been named the chief operating officer for Johnson City Medical Center. Shafer comes to this role after a successful tenure as a chief operating officer. ... read more about Kenny Shafer named chief operating officer for Johnson City Medical Center.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

B.E.A.R. Buddies in Carter County seeks volunteers

Even though schools are out for summer, Niswonger Children’s Hospital is helping local students stay on track with their reading development – with support from the community. The B.E.A.R. Buddies (Being Engaged to Achieve Reading) program is seeking volunteers. ... read more about B.E.A.R. Buddies in Carter County seeks volunteers.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tennessee Big Shots, Benefiting Niswonger, to be Live on Golf Channel

The World Long Drive Association is coming to Kingsport. The Tennessee Big Shots Benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital event will be Aug. 12-13, 2018, with a live broadcast conclusion on the Golf Channel. ... read more about Tennessee Big Shots, Benefiting Niswonger, to be Live on Golf Channel.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ballad Health, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine

ETSU and Ballad Health announced a partnership to create a new fellowship program in addiction medicine. Ballad Health will fund any un-reimbursed costs of the program, which could cost more than $2.5 million over 10 years. ... read more about Ballad Health, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ballad Health’s Wine Women & Shoes event raises $159,000 to enhance breast cancer screening programs

Nearly 800 local women will receive assistance through proceeds from this fourth annual event, held at the Virginian Golf Club. Wine Women & Shoes gives underserved women the ability to receive lifesaving exams and screenings, such as 3-D mammograms, breast MRI tests and genetic analyses and counseling. ... read more about Ballad Health’s Wine Women & Shoes event raises $159,000 to enhance breast cancer screening programs .

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ethan Collins named chief nursing officer at Smyth County Community Hospital

Praised as both an excellent bedside nurse and an insightful leader, Ethan Collins has been appointed as Smyth County Community Hospital’s chief nursing officer. He will also serve as chief nursing officer at Francis Marion Manor Health & Rehabilitation and Smyth County Home Health. ... read more about Ethan Collins named chief nursing officer at Smyth County Community Hospital .

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ballad Health board authorizes adoption of Epic as its common technology platform

Ballad Health selected Epic as its partner for implementing a common, comprehensive electronic health record. The board of directors approved adoption of this technology platform to bring together all Ballad Health hospitals and service points. ... read more about Ballad Health board authorizes adoption of Epic as its common technology platform.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Covered Bridge 5k Run/3k Walk June 9 to benefit Sycamore Shoals Hospital; registration open

The annual Covered Bridge 5k Run and 3k Walk benefiting Sycamore Shoals Hospital is set for Saturday, June 9, at 8 a.m. Parking and registration will be located in the heart of downtown at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue between Riverside Drive and Sycamore Street. ... read more about Covered Bridge 5k Run/3k Walk June 9 to benefit Sycamore Shoals Hospital; registration open.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dr. Chris Metzger shares expertise, helps train Harvard endovascular fellows

As the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital is a training ground for some of the nation’s most promising medical professionals. But for a select few, training isn’t complete without a visit to Holston Valley Medical Center with Dr. Chris Metzger. ... read more about Dr. Chris Metzger shares expertise, helps train Harvard endovascular fellows.