TriCities Grand Rounds October

Hensley Joining Medical Associates of Church Hill

CHURCH HIL  Dr. David Hensley is joining Medical Associates of Church Hill as a family practice physician.

Hensley will deliver compassionate primary care to pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. He will open his office at 115 Garland Ave., in October and be accepting former and new patients.

 A physician since 1983, Hensley is board-certified in family medicine.

Hensley is a Kingsport native who graduated from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 1983. He completed a family practice residency program in Alabama in 1986. In the last 25 years, he has practiced medicine at Edwards Air Force Base in California and in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. He most recently practiced with Holston Medical Group.

 “It has been a privilege to improve the lives of patients during my medical career,” Dr. Hensley said. “I really enjoy practicing family medicine and the breadth of care that entails. Now, I look forward to the next chapter, an exciting venture with Wellmont Health System that will deliver a healing environment to the patients entrusted to my care.”


Boyce joins Mountain States Medical Group Trauma Services

JOHNSON CITY–Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert H. Boyce, FAAOS, has joined Mountain States Medical Group Trauma Services.

Boyce received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, where he also completed his residency. He completed a fellowship in AO/ASIF orthopedic trauma surgery at the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa; and in spinal surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Boyce is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the North American Spine Society, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

He has elected to complete two additional years of fellowship training in subspecialties of orthopedics beyond the required five years of residency training. He has particular expertise in the treatment of complex fractures of the joints, pelvis and hip socket, as well as limb salvage surgery.


Brown joins MSMG Gastroenterology, Abingdon

ABINGDON, Va.–Joseph (Sandy) Brown, MD, has joined Mountain States Medical Group Gastroenterology.

Brown received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Utah Medical Center.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology.


Horton joins Mountain States Medical Group Trauma Services

JOHNSON CITY–Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Todd Horton has joined Mountain States Medical Group Trauma Services.

Horton received his doctor of surgery and medicine degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Horton completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He is a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, most recently serving as staff orthopedic surgeon/director of surgical services for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, Expeditionary Medical Force 13, Camp Lemonier, Djibouti.

Horton is on the teaching staff and director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Division of Orthopaedics and Trauma at Johnson City Medical Center; clinical associate professor at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine; and clinical adjunct professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.


HMG welcomes dermatologist Jami Lynn Reaves, DO, FAOCD

KINGSPORT–Holston Medical Group (HMG) welcomes board certified dermatologist Jami Lynn Reaves, D.O., FAOCD, to its HMG “family of care.”  Dr. Reaves brings high-level expertise in dermatology to the region, practicing at both HMG Medical Plaza in Kingsport and Sapling Grove Professional Building in Bristol.

Reaves comes to HMG after serving as a staff physician with Arizona Desert Dermatology in Kingman, Arizona, where she also completed her residency program through Midwestern University. Reaves was also in residency through the Family Medicine Program at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

She received her doctorate of osteopathic medicine at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Reaves is a member of the American Society of Mohs Surgeons, which focuses on Mohs surgery for skin cancer patients.

Reaves is also a member of the American Ostepathic Association, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Christian Medical and Dental Association where she served as president. She will be practicing in Suite 2B at the HMG Medical Plaza 105 W. Stone Drive. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Reaves, patients may call HMG Dermatology (423) 230-4657.


Holston Medical Group welcomes Renda K. Knapp, MD

KINGSPORT–Holston Medical Group (HMG) welcomes Renda K. Knapp, MD, to Seasons at Kingsport, located in the HMG Medical Plaza. Seasons is the comprehensive women’s health division of the HMG “family of care.”  Knapp is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and she is also a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

With a bachelor of science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a doctor of medicine from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Knapp brings years of experience in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology to HMG. Additionally, Knapp has served as an assistant clinical professor at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, the Christian Medical Society, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and other professional organizations.


Jessica Hommel Joins Medical Staff of Bristol Regional Medical Center

BRISTOL – Dr. Jessica Hommel, a pediatrician, has joined the medical staff of Bristol Regional Medical Center.

She comes to the region from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where she served as a pediatric clinical instructor in the children’s clinic and pediatric sedation unit and the pediatric emergency department. Prior to undertaking these duties, she completed a pediatric residency at the center.

Hommel graduated from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. She is board-certified in pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Hommel, who also has joined Bristol Pediatric Associates, will deliver a gentle, healing approach to children; routine checkups, vaccinations and immunizations; monitoring of growth and development; and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. She provides preventive care and one-on-one time to counsel with parents on their child’s needs.


Nolan Named Senior Vice President of Assurance and Compliance at Wellmont Health System

KINGSPORT – Robert Nolan, a veteran leader in the healthcare compliance field, has been named senior vice president of assurance and compliance services at Wellmont Health System.

Nolan serves as the focal point for all compliance and audit activities at Wellmont. That includes coordination, consultation, communication and serving as a liaison with government officials pertaining to planning, implementing and monitoring the compliance and audit program.

Nolan has 13 years’ experience in the healthcare field. He came to Wellmont from Pharmerica in Louisville, Ky., where he served as vice president and chief compliance officer and company privacy officer. Before that, he served a year in the same roles at Senior Care Inc. in Louisville.

Earlier in his career, Nolan worked for Tenet Healthcare at facilities in South Carolina and Pennsylvania and for Marymount Medical Center and Our Lady of the Way Hospital, both in Kentucky, in compliance positions.

One of the highlights of his career was implementing the first formal ethics and compliance programs at the facility level for one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare providers. He has also made presentations at many compliance conventions.

As he explored the chance to work for Wellmont, Nolan was impressed with the system’s executive leadership team and the audit committee.

“The opportunity to assist an organization like Wellmont in its efforts to be a steward of limited healthcare resources is one for which most compliance professionals look their entire careers,” he said.


Murillo to Practice Internal Medicine, Psychiatry for Medical Associates of Rogersville

ROGERSVILLE – Dr. Liliana Murillo has joined Medical Associates of Rogersville as a physician in internal medicine and psychiatry.

Murillo will deliver primary care and mental health services for adult patients. She will serve on the medical staff of Hawkins County Memorial Hospital and provide seamless access to services of Wellmont Health System.

She recently completed an internal medicine and psychiatry residency program at East Tennessee State University. As part of her residency, she practiced medicine at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.

During her medical career, Dr. Murillo has served as an internal medicine physician, provided medical care in homes and worked in intensive care.

Murillo graduated from medical school at Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina, her native country. She completed an additional internal medicine residency and taught medicine to medical students there. She has completed research on clinical depression/dementia and served as a clinical research assistant at the University of Iowa.


HMG celebrates “first in the state” multi-specialty group achievement in the patient-centered medical home model of care

Milestone marks a paradigm change in the delivery of health care, resulting in improved patient wellbeing, greater patient satisfaction and reduced costs.

KINGSPORT,—With an audience of legislators, government officials, and managed care thought-leaders present, Holston Medical Group (HMG) President Scott R. Fowler, MD, JD, announced a “first in the state” achievement at a September 1, 2011 morning news conference, held at the HMG Medical Plaza, Kingsport.  The milestone announcement marks a paradigm change in the delivery of health care, resulting in improved patient wellbeing, greater patient satisfaction and reduced costs.

“It is now my privilege to announce that Holston Medical Group has become the first multi-specialty group in the state of Tennessee to receive the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) recognition as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home,” said Fowler, adding that the announcement connects HMG to “one of the most exciting developments in patient care in the last 20 years.”

The patient-centered home approach to care is an emerging national model that provides a coordinated team approach to patient care, attaining and retaining health and wellbeing.

The result, according to HMG leaders, is improved patient wellbeing, greater patient satisfaction and reduced costs, most notably in the treatment of chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Fowler called NCQA recognition the “gold standard in quality measurement by the nation’s foremost organization,” advancing evidence-based, nationally-recognized standards of care.   

To achieve NCQA recognition, organizations must exceed nine rigorous standards and ten elements.  HMG scored so well that the group achieved a Level 3 status, the nation’s highest level of recognition.

“This singular achievement by both the administrative and provider staff is testament to Holston Medical Group’s commitment to improved efficiency, quality of care, and most importantly, to the patents of Northeast Tennessee,” says Donald W. Fischer, PhD, president and CEO of the American Medical Group Association.

Patient-Centered Medical Homes are developed around the complete patient experience.  The model uses sophisticated technology, such as electronic medical records, email portals and data exchanges, to enhance communication.

HMG collaborative partner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, says the driving focus is “better health through better quality, improved costs and overall better outcome for our members.”

“We congratulate HMG on this tremendous accomplishment and look forward to continuing our partnership, ensuring our chronic care patients have the access they need, when they need it,” said BCBS’s Kevin Raynor, manager, provider performance management.

HMG’s collaborative patient-centered medical home relationship with commercial managed care providers includes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Cigna, and Humana. 

According to Fowler, working with managed care partners, HMG is taking the lead in “moving away from a model of care that has the goal of greater volume—more tests, more visits, more labs—to a model of care that has the goal of better outcomes, improved value and reduced costs.”

 “Our managed care partners are telling us they want transparency.  They want measurable outcomes.  They want to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits,” said Fowler.  “They want us to consistently treat patients using evidence-based guidelines.  And, they are willing to partner with us, coming to the table and reward us for that success.”

According to BCBS, a patient-centered medical home model of care results in five measurable results:  decreased per-person health costs, reduced visits to the emergency room, fewer hospital admissions, fewer injuries and illnesses and improved patient satisfaction.

“Based on measurable results, we’re leading the way across our region, our state and our nation,” said Fowler, “It’s a better way.”

To obtain NCQA Level III PCMH recognition, HMG had to adhere to nine major standards in excellence including:

•           Access and Communication

•           Patient Tracking and Registry Functions

•           Care Management

•           Patient Self-Management Support

•           Electronic Prescribing

•           Test Tracking

•           Referral Tracking

•           Performance Reporting & Improvement

•           Advanced Electronic Communications


Level III is the highest level achievable for a medical home, and the recognition is valid for three years.


Gabriel Hommel Joins Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, Staff of Bristol Regional

BRISTOL – Dr. Gabriel Hommel, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates and the medical staff of Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Hommel provides compassionate care in general orthopedics and orthopedic trauma, treats fractures and performs arthroscopic surgery and total joint replacements. He delivers specialized care in sports medicine.

A graduate of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, Hommel completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He also finished an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Foundation.

Hommel is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Frontier Health’s Aftercare Program Nets Star of Excellence

JOHNSON CITY—Frontier Health awarded a Star of Excellence to its Aftercare Program for helping ensure that people who are discharged from a psychiatric hospital get connected to needed aftercare services as soon as possible and that they have the tools needed to progress into recovery.

Frontier Health’s mid-fiscal year rate is 10.9 days for access to aftercare— less than either national standard, and half the time of the national average. Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) set a 14 day standard for aftercare following discharge from a psychiatric hospital. HEDIS defines quality standards for Medicaid and others. The Mental Health Corporations of America trend was set at 24.6 days for access to aftercare.

Evidence shows that individuals are more successful when they receive aftercare services as soon as possible. Research shows that an appointment with a medical provider within two weeks following discharge is the best option so that the client can manage their recovery, review how any new medications are working, and have a sufficient supply of medication and access other needed services to promote recovery.

Star of Excellence is given for excellence in the area of Performance Improvement, exceeding in efforts to improve the quality of care that individuals receive.


Tori and Justin Asbury to join MSMG Family Medicine, Elizabethton

ELIZABETHTON – Husband-and-wife physicians Tori Asbury, DO, and Justin Asbury, DO, joined Mountain States Medical Group Family Medicine on Sept. 1.

Both physicians are board-certified, received their doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residencies at VCU-Riverside Family Medicine. They have participated in several international mission trips. Both are members of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.


Wellmont Foundation Adds Several Members to Board of Governors

KINGSPORT – Wellmont Foundation, the fundraising organization of Wellmont Health System, has added several new members to its board of governors.

New board members are Kay Bunn, Jerry Caldwell, Dr. Locke Carter, Ryon Grubbs, Stephen Harville, John Matney, Edwin Roop, Mary Shrader and John Williams.

“These men and women are outstanding additions to our board of governors,” said Todd Norris, Wellmont’s senior vice president of system advancement. “They will provide valuable insight as we steward the generous donations we receive from the communities we serve to enhance the Healing Environment offered at Wellmont. We are pleased they have agreed to assist us.”

Meanwhile, other foundation board members have completed their service, leaving a trail of accomplishment. They are Dr. Ava Carter, Jim Cornett, Laurence LaGuardia and T. Arthur Scott.

“We are grateful to these community servants who have enhanced our health system with their wisdom and leadership,” Norris said. “As a not-for-profit health system, we always have to look for innovative ways to deliver cutting-edge care. These members helped Wellmont maintain its regional, state and national leadership in health care.”


Karakattu Joins Medical Associates of Lee as Family Physician

PENNINGTON GAP, Va. –Dr. Monika Karakattu has joined Medical Associates of Lee as a family physician.

Karakattu delivers primary care services for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients and seamless access to Lee Regional Medical Center and other facilities of Wellmont Health System. She provides preventive medicine and wellness care and has a special focus on women’s health issues and pediatrics.

A graduate of Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India, Dr. Karakattu recently finished a residency with ETSU Family Physicians in Bristol, Tenn. She also served as a resident medical officer at three hospitals in India in the fields of ophthalmology, emergency care, obstetrics and gynecology.

Karakattu has assisted with more than 50 C-section procedures. She conducted research at Medical University of South Carolina on prevention of pre-term births.

She is a member of the American Association of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Indian Medical Association.


ETSU doctoral psychology program highlighted in HRSA report

JOHNSON CITY – The PhD program in psychology at East Tennessee State University was featured in the “Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices” report recently published by the Office of Rural Health Policy at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


The report highlighted the PhD program and its concentration in clinical psychology in the category of “Training” and discussed ETSU’s unique mission to train psychologists for the rural primary care setting.

ETSU was awarded approval for its PhD program in 2006 and will soon produce its first graduates.  The educational curriculum includes offering services in rural primary care clinics as well as conducting research there, and developing collaborations with other rural professionals.

To begin developing its PhD program in psychology, ETSU received a grant from HRSA to host a series of workshops that brought together regional mental health professionals as well as experts on integrated and rural care.  Information and feedback from those meetings were used to create the mission of the new program and what its training component should encompass.

The program has just obtained eligibility to seek accreditation for its clinical concentration and is expected to submit its self-study to the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation later this fall.




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