Local business news in brief
Jan 23, 2007 at 8:33 AM
Medical device to debut at Holston Valley
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KINGSPORT - A state-of-the-art medical device that protects patients during vascular procedures will be used for the first time in the United States on Wednesday at Holston Valley Medical Center, according to a news release from Wellmont Health System. Dr. Chris Metzger, a board-certified cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates, will use a new embolic protection device when he performs a carotid artery stent procedure on a patient at Holston Valley. Metzger was chosen by ev3 Inc., the maker of the SpiderFX embolic protection device, to be the first physician to use the SpiderFX before its commercial launch. The SpiderFX, which acts as a safety net to protect the brain from vascular debris that can be released during a stent procedure, was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Representatives from ev3 - including the senior research and development engineer for the SpiderFX project - will be present at Holston Valley to observe the procedure. Holston Valley, a tertiary referral center for Wellmont's Regional Heartcare Network, has been recognized as one of America's 100 top heart hospitals based on patient outcomes.
Area banks change name to GreenBank
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GREENEVILLE - Greene County Bancshares Inc. on Tuesday announced it is changing all its banks in the region to GreenBank, including the Sullivan County Bank branch in downtown Kingsport, the Hawkins County Bank branches in Surgoinsville and Rogersville, and the Washington County Bank. With branches in East and Middle Tennessee, as well as one each in Bristol, Va., and Hot Springs in western North Carolina, the Greeneville-based bank has been operating under 18 distinct bank names. The single name will be used in 51 bank offices in a 400-mile area. "We recognized the importance of having our customers and potential customers experience the true convenience, breadth and scope of our banking network, which were obscured by our organization operating under 18 different names." The bank has extended its operating hours to include early morning and evening, as well as weekend hours on Saturdays and Sundays in selected areas. Changes at all branches are scheduled to be completed by April. Greene County Bancshares Inc., with total assets of more than $1.7 billion, is the holding company for the bank.