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Indian Path set to celebrate 40 years of service

Leigh Ann Laube • Feb 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Starting today, Indian Path Medical Center will host a variety of events to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Indian Path, named from a trail that ancient native Americans traveled on the east side of town, opened its doors in early September 1974 under the Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and its founder, Dr. Thomas Frist Sr.

In 1998, Indian Path became part of Mountain States Health Alliance, which was formed as a nonprofit entity after Johnson City Medical Center purchased six for-profit hospitals in the region.

Today, the hospital is a 261-bed, not-for-profit hospital offering a variety of services.

Monty McLaurin, Indian Path’s chief executive officer, credits the visionaries of HCA for the success of the hospital, even though there have been rough patches along the way.

“When (Indian Path) was built by HCA in 1974, they had the vision to purchase an 80-acre piece of land that had great accessibility. This was probably considered the edge of town in 1974. Being able to visualize a location that has really become a key area, if you take a look at how retail has developed down Stone Drive toward the Pavilion, this is a key area,” McLaurin said. “The second thing is, this was constructed as a 300-bed hospital. It’s not so large you get lost in it, but not so small that you can’t attract the kind of specialists you need.”

Services offered at IPMC include a 24-hour Emergency Department, the Cardio-Diagnostic Outpatient Center, cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary services, the Center for Sleep Disorders, diagnostic imaging, the Family Birth Center, the Joint Replacement Center, Kingsport Day Surgery, Mountain States Rehab Outpatient Services, physical therapy for pregnant and postpartum mothers, neurology, oncology services, orthopedic services, surgical services and women’s services.

“It’s always smart to end up doing a few things very, very well, rather than trying to do everything not so good,” McLaurin said. “Here we’ve been able to focus on some of those key areas and really zero in. ... This hospital has developed a culture of patient-centered care and I think it’s recognized as that.”

During the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Friday Breakfast, set for 7:15-9 a.m. on Friday at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center, McLaurin will announce the 40th anniversary and will share a 40th Anniversary Commemorative Video, produced by the Times Digital Group. The Chamber breakfast is not open to the public.

At 11:30 a.m. on March 4, the hospital will host a ribbon cutting inside its lobby (outside if weather permits). This event, which is open to the public, will feature remarks by Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips and others. In attendance will be members of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, members of Indian Path Medical Center’s board of directors and foundation, hospital physicians and team members. The 40th Anniversary Commemorative Video will be shown, and refreshments will be provided.

Also on March 4, a Founding Physicians Luncheon will be served in the IPMC Board Room. This event, set for 12:30-2 p.m., is not open to the public and is free for attending physicians.

From 2-4 p.m., March 5, the hospital will host an IPMC Team Member 40th Celebration in the Tenesai Room. The celebration, which isn’t open to the public, will feature comments by McLaurin. Team members will receive 40th anniversary commemorative pins for their badges. The eight remaining 40-year veteran team members will be recognized and given commemorative jackets. Honored will be Barbara Knight (Emergency Room), Betty Bell, (MSMG Hospitalist Program), Glen Lewis (Nursing Administration ) Jane Jones (Laboratory), Judy Powers (Short Stay), Marie Lingerfelt (Laboratory), Tommy Davis (Laboratory) and Wanda Britt (Environmental Services).

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