Mountain States Health Alliance has consolidated its outpatient rehabilitation services in a newly remodeled, 11,000-square-foot facility adjacent to Johnson City Medical Center, a move made possible by a land swap that previously allowed the Washington County Health Department to move to more spacious offices on Princeton Road.
“This journey started just a few short years ago when MSHA purchased State of Franklin Health Care Associates’ former facility on Princeton Road,” Candace Jennings, MSHA senior vice president for Tennessee operations, said at a Monday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new rehab center. “In deciding what to do with that newly acquired space, we realized that there was an opportunity for collaboration with Johnson City and Washington County to swap properties, and we began arrangements to trade the Princeton property for this facility you see today.”
Following the health department’s 2010 move to Princeton Road, Mountain States began renovating the former Health Department building at 415 N. State of Franklin Road, a $1 million investment that allowed the hospital system to consolidate all of its outpatient occupational, physical, speech, orthopedic, vestibular and other rehabilitative therapy services in a single, centrally located facility. The new center began seeing patients in late August.
“Bringing it all together is more convenient for our patients and our physicians,” said Grace Pereira, MSHA assistant vice president of rehabilitation services.
According to Pereira, the move also freed up space at MSHA’s Wellness Center and Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital that allowed for a more efficient and patient-friendly reconfiguration of services at those facilities, including an expansion of pediatric therapy services at Quillen that had previously been provided at three separate locations. For patients, she said, the new center will make therapy easier by providing them with “a single point of reference.”
Therapists at the new center expressed appreciation for the facililty’s use-specific design, easy access for patients, spaciousness and lack of traffic from other treatment areas.
Addressing the city and county land swap, Johnson City Commissioner Jane Myron called the deal “a great collaboration.”
“We have a new facility for Mountain States and for the Health Department. The city was glad to be a part of it,” Myron said.
The new Washington County Health Department, a 43,000-square-foot facility located at 219 Princeton Road, began seeing patients in June 2010.