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Local Hospital Brings High-Quality Health Care to Abingdon, VA

Johnston Memorial Hospital is improving its services and bringing better care to the Abingdon, Va. community.

By Teressa Campbell on February 26, 2014

ohnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia
Abingdon / Jeff Adkins

Johnston Memorial Hospital has made meeting the community’s needs its top priority. The hospital’s main goal is to provide the quality care that patients need, close to home. To support this goal, the hospital recently expanded several services and implemented flexible visiting hours, allowing families extra time with their loved ones in areas such as the critical care unit.

“We want people to know they don’t have to travel long distances to access these high-level services,” says JMH CEO Sean McMurray. “Family is an integral part of the healing process. We want them to know this and feel welcome here as they support their loved ones in their care.”

Sustainable Design

Part of the Mountain States Health Alliance, JMH is a not-for-profit hospital located in Abingdon. Founded in 1905, JMH opened a new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified facility in 2011, offering the first “green” hospital in Southwest Virginia. The hospital site features a water saving irrigation system for landscaping, and half the site will remain open space. The hospital was constructed with low-emitting materials, and the entire campus is nonsmoking.

Four Ways JMH Is Improving Health Care in Abingdon

As health care continues to evolve, JMH is working diligently to evolve with it. By expanding services and looking for opportunities to grow, JMH ensures the residents of Abingdon and Washington County will continue to benefit from quality health care. Some steps the hospital has recently taken to improve its care:

• Expanded Cardiovascular Services – In summer 2014, JMH will launch interventional cardiology services, which will allow it not only to diagnose heart problems, but also treat them.

• New Vascular Surgeon – The hospital recently recruited a new vascular surgeon to develop the vascular program at JMH and better provide for patients with vein and arterial issues.

• Expanded Cancer Services – To expand its cancer services, JMH is upgrading its linear accelerator to use the latest stereotactic technology. This will allow physicians to treat tumors more precisely with radiation.

• New Critical Care Specialists – Recently, the hospital recruited two new specialists, board-certified in critical care medicine and pulmonology. Their expertise will help the hospital meet the needs of critically ill patients.

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