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'Rally for the Valley' to oppose Ballad changes

From staff reports • Dec 28, 2018 at 3:05 PM

KINGSPORT — A “Rally for the Valley” will be held at the Kingsport Farmers Market Saturday at 4:30 p.m. to express opposition to Ballad Health’s plan to reorganize services at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.

According to a news release, speakers will include Dr. Mickey Spivey, Dani Cook, Tim Bradshaw and other local community and political leaders.

In November, Ballad announced changes to its trauma and neonatal intensive care services. The trauma center at HVMC would move from Level 1 to Level 3, while NICU services would be consolidated in Johnson City.

Elected officials in Sullivan, Hawkins and Scott counties have approved resolutions opposing Ballad’s plan, and the Tennessee Department of Health is seeking additional information from Ballad before approving changes to the NICU services.

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