March 17, 2002

Meals on Wheels provides hot meal to many senior citizens in the area

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Can you make a silk purse from an old sow's ear? The answer to "silk purse making," of course is "probably not."

Carolyn Bradley (with cooler) and Pearl Smith load up meals for the elderly and homebound for home delivery. Meals are delivered daily by volunteers to participants in the Meals on Wheels program. Photo by Dave Boyd.

Sycamore Shoals Hospital working to serve residents with latest technology

From Staff Reports

   Since Sycamore Shoals Hospital (SSH) opened Nov. 23, 1986, the facility has been growing to meet the medical care needs of residents of Carter County and surrounding areas.

Sycamore Shoals Hospital added Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment in September of last year. Photo by Dave Boyd

New Leaf Senior Care brings geriatric psychiatric care to SSH

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Sycamore Shoals Hospital in addition to a larger, better-equipped emergency room and a new MRI facility, last year opened a geriatric/psychiatric unit.

Carter County Health Department dispenses doses of preventive medicine every day

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   The Carter County Health Department delivers spoonsful of healthy medicine every day. It is called preventive medicine and according to Dwain Austin, local director, it is the best medicine.

Dr. Julia Vines, DDS, swabs young Mikala Dial as assistant Kristy Carr assists at a dental clinic at the Carter County Health Department. Photo by Rick Harris

Wings Air Rescue serving Carter County

By Megan R. Harrell

Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

  
Over the past few months Wings Air Rescue has seen a dramatic increase in its number of flights. It has exceeded regular monthly flight volume each of the past five months.

Wings Air Rescue works in conjunction with local EMS to provide Carter County with fast and effective medical transportation. Photo by Dave Boyd

Massage therapy -- one of the fastest growing businesses

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Massage therapy is the fastest growing health profession in Tennessee. Luster Shell, a massage therapist, has been operating her own business since 1996, when she graduated from the Blue Ridge School of Massage.

Nursing home volunteers are 'special' people

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Nursing home employees are special people, but volunteers are just as special, as they visit and do small things because they want to, not because they get paid for their services.

Home medical equipment being utilized more

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   KINGSPORT -- Traditional home medical equipment, home oxygen and other home respiratory services are tremendously more utilized now than in the past, according to J. Craig Higgins, owner and Chief Executive Officer of Mediserve.

Charlotte Taylor Center looks to future with expansion of services in mind

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Just as a diabetic takes insulin, people with fears, and those suffering from depression and obsessive compulsive disorders, need treatment as well. It may be in the form of medication or therapy, but it is just as important as insulin is to the diabetic.

More and more documentation may result in shortage of nurses for local nursing homes

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Carter County has six nursing homes and an adequate number of nursing home beds for the foreseeable future says Scott Oliver, director of Life Care Center of Elizabethton.

Local nursing homes do well on inspection; at or below the state, national averages

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   Nursing homes in Carter County compared favorably to others in the state and country in inspections as found on the Web site, medicare.gov. All information is from the facility's last survey.

Medical care returns to the home to reduce costs

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   Home health care is fast becoming a popular and cost-effective adjunct to hospital and nursing home care.

Area fitness centers offer innovative exercise programs

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   The Johnson City Health and Fitness Center is having success with its new state of the art training program. The Schwinn Fit Advisor program offers innovative assistance to members working to improve their health.

Dr. Hiremagalur finds, treats cardiac problems

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

  
Heart disease is a serious problem in Carter County and surrounding areas, according to Dr. Shobha Hiremagalur, MD, FACC. Public awareness is increasing, but there is still room for improvement, Dr. Hiremagalur said.

First Medical providing area with quality care

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

  
First Medical, 1505 W. Elk Ave., has been providing quality health care for Elizabethton families for the last six years. The practice is made up of 10 doctors and nurse practitioners specializing in Family and Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics.

Sycamore Shoals Catering serves community

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   Business has boomed for Sycamore Shoals Catering since it began as an extension of the hospital in 1989. The catering service is being called on to provide the refreshments for many of the community's social events.

Squad holding its own despite funding issues, leaky roof

By Kathy Helms-Hughes
STAR STAFF

   Carter County Rescue Squad is holding its own in this tough time of economic recession.

New Wellmont Hospital designed to strengthen health care

By Amy Stevens
Wellmont Hospital

   On 29 acres in north Johnson City, bulldozers are shaping the land. Architects are crafting a state-of-the-art design.