Section: People & Places in the News, May 2018
New Southside Health Center Opens
(from WDEF-TV)

Erlanger Health System celebrated the opening of their new Community Health Center Southside in April. It offers OB-GYN, primary care, pediatric, lab, and radiology services to the Southside and St. Elmo communities.

“We are extremely proud to offer a great range of healthcare services to those living in the Southside and St. Elmo communities,” said Angel Moore, vice president and CEO of Erlanger Community Health Centers. “This beautiful new facility will provide more convenient and accessible medical services to those living in this area.”

The opening ceremony also paid tribute to retiring state lawmaker Joanne Favors, who worked at the old Southside clinic and was a healthcare advocate in the legislature.
ETSU's Downtown Day Center Celebrates Completion
(from the Johnson City Press)

In one of of the coldest weeks of January and only days after passing its final inspection, the new $1 million Johnson City Downtown Day Center quietly opened its doors to continue expanding on the services it has provided to the community’s homeless population from more humble facilities for more than a decade.

Now fully furnished and complete with a brand new community health care clinic, the center invited its supporters, staff, volunteers, and clients in last month for a celebration fitting the significant milestone it has passed.

Honored guests there to help cut the ribbon included East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland, Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine, Johnson City Mayor David Tomita, and Wendy Nehring, dean of the ETSU College of Nursing that continues to operate the center it founded those many years ago.

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TRP Is Now the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development
(from the Tennessee Center for Workforce Development)

This spring, the Tennessee Rural Partnership unveiled its new name, logo, and website to support its evolution to a complete healthcare workforce development company. The new name – Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development, reflects the company's expanded mission to guide comprehensive healthcare workforce development in the state and its continued commitment to improve the health of Tennesseans through provider placement. The new website can be visited at tncwd.com.

TCWD will maintain its original charge to recruit primary care doctors to serve in rural and underserved areas in Tennessee and to administer its annual $2 million practice incentives. The practice incentives are divided into the Residency Stipend and the Community Incentive award. The Residency Stipend provides $35,000 per year to primary care and behavioral health residents for the length of residency.  The Community Incentive award provides $30,000 to practice sites to assist them with physician and psychiatric nurse practitioner recruitment.

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