On Nov. 26, the Scott County Board of Supervisors voted to send resolutions to Ballad Health’s management opposing the changes. On Wednesday, the BOS voted to take it a step further by sending those same resolutions to the health departments in Tennessee and Virginia.
KINGSPORT — Close to 100 concerned citizens sought answers from Ballad Health leaders Thursday night about why Holston Valley Medical Center’s Level 1 trauma status and neonatal intensive care unit are going away under the health care system's regional realignment plan.
Kingsport’s elected officials are asking Ballad Health officials, including CEO Alan Levine, to attend a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kingsport Higher Education Center to offer more insight and details about the decision to downgrade the trauma center at Holston Valley.
Votes by political entities in the region opposing Ballad Health’s reorganization ignore reality. They express a desire to keep regional hospital services much as they are, when status quo has been shown to be unsustainable.
In a meeting at the Times News, Ballad Health President and CEO Alan Levine launched a vigorous defense of the healthcare provider’s announced move to regionalize and realign services amid pushback from local governments and attacks on social media.
Several regional health departments are offering flu vaccines at no charge during the “FightFluTN” vaccination event. Five locations in Sullivan and Hawkins counties will offer the free shots, and no appointments are needed.
Ballad Health announced on Thursday that Lindy White is returning to the healthcare provider as the president of its Kingsport operations, and chief executive officer of Holston Valley Medical Center and Indian Path Community Hospital.
Hawkins County commissioners won't consider a resolution opposing Ballad Health's plan to downgrade Kingsport's Trauma Center until the public voices its opinion on the subject in the presence of Ballad officials next month.
Addressing the BOS and a packed crowd of spectators, Ballad Health officials attended the two-hour meeting to explain the changes and the impact they could have on Scott County residents.
"If we put all our time and resources into getting them to change plans they've already set in stone ... I don't want to look back and say we've had 8-10 months and we're not prepared for the transport of patients (to Johnson City).” — Commissioner John Metz
According to a joint press release issued Wednesday by the SCSO and the Sullivan County Health Department, there was only one case, and infection control measures have been implemented including isolating the inmate to prevent further spread of the disease.
On Wednesday, Ballad Health — the result of a merger of what were Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance — announced Johnson City Medical Center would be the only hospital to retain level one trauma center status for its emergency room.
Ballad Health announced a major realignment of its resources on Wednesday with much of the impact to be felt in Kingsport. A regional trauma and emergency care system was rolled out with new pediatric emergency services scheduled to happen in Kingsport.
Ballad Health launched a series of free informational and enrollment events on Tuesday at affiliated medical facilities in Southwest Virginia to help people find out if they qualify for Medicaid and assist them in applying for coverage.
Sam Quinones, the author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” gave a “Book Club Discussion” about the drug crisis to a packed Cumberland Amphitheatre at the MeadowView Marriott on Monday.