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Pat’s Place: Dickenson Community Hospital dedicates breakroom in memory of beloved team member

CLINTWOOD, Va. — For the team at Dickenson Community Hospital, the passing of Patricia ‘Pat’ Schmidt, a beloved fellow team member, was like losing a member of their family. Pat served 17 years in environmental services, where she was admired for her hard work keeping the facility clean, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dickenson Community Hospital team recently gathered to dedicate the hospital’s breakroom in her name. The space includes a new shadowbox with sentimental items to honor her life. “Pat was the hardest working person at her age that I know. She gave it her all,” said Dickenson Community Hospital administrator Terri Roop. “This is where we gather as a family, and I want to dedicate this as ‘Pat’s Place.’” We are grateful for the essential work of our environmental services team members across Ballad Health and are touched to see this tribute to one who will be dearly missed.

Community invited to send Valentine’s Day cards to Niswonger Children’s Hospital patients

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Spread the love to Niswonger Children’s Hospital patients by sending them Valentine’s Day cards. Valentine’s cards that are filled out by community members will be distributed to all patients in the children’s hospital. Valentines must be filled out and submitted by noon on Sunday, Feb. 12.   “It might seem like a simple gesture, but things like Valentine’s cards can really brighten a child’s day, especially during a scary time like a hospital stay.” Paul Jett “This program has brought so much joy to our patients in the past, and we can’t wait to shower them with love again this year,” said Chris Jett, CEO of the Ballad Health Niswonger Children’s Network. “Nobody wants to spend a holiday in the hospital, but our community members always pitch in to bring as much joy as they can to our patients, and it’s heartwarming to see.” Community members who wish to fill out…

Getting into the holiday spirit: Overmountain Recovery team hosts food drive

The team at Overmountain Recovery is committed to providing compassionate care and services for those on the path to recovery. We are proud of their generosity and dedication, which doesn’t stop at patient care. Overmountain Recovery team members recently hosted a food drive to provide assistance to those in need over holiday season. With donations from staff and the community, more than 75 families were served!

Thank you to everyone who helped support the Kentucky flood donation drive

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent donation drive to assist those impacted by the devastating floods in Kentucky! This comes on the heels of our donation to flood victims in Buchanan County, Virginia, just a few weeks earlier — evidence of how giving our team members are when people are in need. Thanks to team member and community support, Ballad Health was able to make a donation of diapers and baby wipes to help families in the southeastern part of Kentucky that was heavily damaged by flooding in late July. The flooding resulted in 39 deaths, with many people losing their homes and possessions. Team members and community members were able to drop off donations at all Ballad Health locations. Along with the donated items, Ballad Health also worked with healthcare providers in the region to send needed medical equipment and other supplies. Team member Laura Roark, a nurse manager at Holston Valley…

Our Kentucky flood drive ended Wednesday

Our Ballad Health Niswonger Children’s Network is collecting donations of baby diapers and wipes to aid in the relief efforts for those impacted by the flooding in Southeastern Kentucky. The flood drive concludes at the close of business on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and donations are still welcome and much-needed by those affected by the flooding. (Keep in mind, this is a separate donation drive from the one we did previously to assist flood victims in Buchanan County, Virginia.) Teams members can donate at any of our hospitals in the collection bins in your local HR department. Community members can drop off donations at all Ballad Health locations in Virginia, as well as at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center. NOTE: If you’re on a mobile device, click on the link below to see the informational flyer in PDF format.

Donation drive of baby diapers, wipes to assist Kentucky flood victims

Coming on the heels of the flooding we saw recently in Southwest Virginia, more flooding has devastated parts of Southeastern Kentucky. Our Ballad Health Niswonger Children’s Network is collecting donations of baby diapers and wipes to aid in the relief efforts. Teams members can donate at any of our hospitals in the collection bins in your local HR department until close of business on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Community members can drop off donations at all Ballad Health locations in Virginia, as well as at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center. NOTE: If you’re on a mobile device, click on the link below to see the informational flyer in PDF format.

Unified effort between Ballad Health, Southern Appalachian Medical Mgmt. leads to $50,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A successful joint effort between Ballad Health and Southern Appalachian Medical Management has resulted in strong outcomes for local patients – as well as a $50,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.  The effort began a year ago, when Ballad Health partnered with local orthopedic surgeons to improve patient care for all orthopedic patients in Ballad Health facilities. The surgeons, representing many local practices, had previously joined together as Southern Appalachian Medical Management (SAMM) to leverage their collective wisdom to streamline the care process. The collaboration between leaders from SAMM and Ballad Health now comprises the Orthopedic Executive Committee (OEC), with a unified goal to coordinate community initiatives and improve quality and value of care in the Appalachian Highlands. By aligning the administrative capabilities of Ballad Health with the patient care expertise of the surgeons, significant progress in patient outcomes were realized. Through instituting best care objectives across…

Ballad Health supports Buchanan County flood recovery efforts, accepts donations at area hospitals

Buchanan County, Virginia, was hit by devastating flooding on the night of July 12 that damaged more than 150 homes and left many people homeless or without water or electricity. Some of the county’s roads are blocked with trees, debris and even uprooted houses, and power lines are snapped. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency. Ballad Health is holding a donation drive for team members to assist those impacted by the flooding. We will have donation barrels available at each of our 21 hospitals, either in human resources or administrative offices, for team members to drop off items — with a focus on things that help residents who have no electricity, water or sewer for the next few weeks, and will be cleaning out mud from their residences. Ballad Health will also donate several pallets of cleaning and hygiene products for residents in Buchanan County. NOTE: We are also holding a public…

Wear red on Friday, Feb. 4, (and send us a photo) to show your support in the fight against heart disease

Just a reminder – team members are encouraged to wear red, where appropriate, on Friday, Feb. 4, as part of National Wear Red Day, to bring greater attention to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans. February is also recognized as American Heart Month. If you wear red on Friday, take a photo and send it to us so we can feature it on Ballad Health social media. Email photos to caroline.wright@balladhealth.org. Remember, heart disease is largely preventable. Here’s what you can do now to reduce your risk: Don’t smoke. Eat for heart health. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose. Thank you in advance for sharing your “Wear Red” photos and for doing your part to fight heart disease!

Sponsor an Angel: Make this holiday season special by giving through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program

Ballad Health is again supporting The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, where people can sponsor an “angel” (a local child in need) by providing a gift of new clothes and toys for the child at Christmas. Walmart is partnering with Salvation Army for the Angel Tree program. Once a child is accepted as an Angel, donors can shop for their Christmas wish list. Ways to give: You can sponsor an Angel through a gift from the local online registry by clicking here. Or you can visit a local Walmart or The Mall at Johnson City to select an Angel off the tree. Once the gifts are received, The Salvation Army will distribute them to families in need for Christmas morning. Your facility may be sponsoring an angel, so check with your department manager for more details on that. Please consider making a contribution to the Angel Tree program and brightening the holiday season for a…

Be on the lookout for donation boxes at our facilities to support Project Thanksgiving and Toys for Tots!

Ballad Health is participating in donation drives to support Toys for Tots, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding Southwest Virginia. All hospitals will have donation boxes placed in facility admitting departments. This is a chance to make the holidays special for families and individuals in need. Please consider making a donation this holiday season! Project Thanksgiving drives Donation boxes should be placed in all hospitals on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with the donations and boxes picked up on Friday, Nov. 19, in order for the food to be distributed to families in need for Thanksgiving. Tennessee facilities will donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, while Virginia facilities will support Feeding Southwest Virginia. Food donations should be canned or boxed items – no frozen food or produce, please. To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee or to make a monetary donation, please visit https://netfoodbank.org/. To learn more…

Smyth County Community Hospital team members bring some holiday cheer to a pair of families going through tough times

MARION, Va. – Team members at Smyth County Community Hospital adopted two local families for Christmas this year and provided them with various clothes, toys and food for the holidays. For one family, with four young children, the team members provided each of the kids with winter clothing, pajamas and toys. It wasn’t originally in the plans, but every department chose to purchase some gifts for the mother, as well. A team member even donated their Speedway in Lights ticket to the family. Team members wrapped and labeled all the gifts. Dinner included a turkey dinner from Food City, ready to pick up on Christmas Eve, that included turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy and a dozen rolls. A second family had three children whose father was at home under hospice care due to end-stage disease. Again, the team members wanted to make sure the children were provided for at Christmas, so they purchased winter…