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Washington County, VA Offers Quality Health Care Close to Home

Orthopedic clinic expands, hospital increases access

By Teree Caruthers on January 30, 2018

Washington County, VA
Washington County / Jeff Adkins

Patients of Dr. Timothy McGarry, an orthopedic surgeon from Abingdon, now have a new space to receive treatment. McGarry Orthopedic Clinic recently moved from his 2,700-square-foot facility into the Southwest Virginia Energy Center near Bristol — a space six times larger. The Center was originally built to house startups and research and development efforts within the energy sector, but the Center’s administrators soon realized that those companies could be located at various sites around the city depending on their needs.

“This realization made us look outside the original market for a fit for the building not only because we could manage our R&D companies from different sites but also because the coal industry took a downward turn during construction,” says Alicia Young, vice president of finance and assistant treasurer for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Foundation.

Young says although an orthopedic clinic was not originally part of the plan for the building, the building’s design has been a good fit for McGarry’s practice.

“The Center is located at an ideal location, and the patients have easy access into the building. The tenant has patients coming from a wide radius, and the surrounding restaurants and businesses may be accessed during the trip to the office,” she says.

McGarry Orthopedic has been a staple in the Washington County area for more than two decades and offers a wide range of services, including joint replacement, rehabilitation and pediatric orthopedic care. McGarry converted the bottom of the two-story building into an expansive patient reception area, which will allow the practice to see more patients and reduce wait times. While the original intention for the building may not have been realized, the theme of “energy” prevails with the new tenant.

“That image of energy, helping these patients get their energy back,” McGarry Orthopedic Clinic business manager Michael McGarry said in an interview with WCYB NBC 5. “Looking at services may be like physical therapy or anything related to helping patients get back on their feet.”

Young says McGarry’s practice is also pumping new energy into the surrounding community and the Foundation.

“The revenue stream from a permanent tenant in the Center will allow the Foundation funds for its mission, supporting the programs of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. A permanent tenant will have a positive economic impact on the area by bringing employment and business revenue. Having the Center occupied is positive for the surrounding area,” she says.

Johnston Memorial: Quality Care Close to Home

The 116-bed Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon serves as a health-care hub for not only Washington County but all of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The not-for-profit medical facility has been a long-standing partner in the community, committed to providing the highest-quality health care close to home. The hospital campus includes a cancer center, a family birth center and a medical plaza.

The cancer center operates with the whole patient in mind and offers a wide range of treatment options and services, including radiation and chemotherapy, genetic testing, nutritional support, clinical trial education, medication assistance, Triumph Cancer Navigation services, cancer screenings as well as support and community resources. Johnston Memorial also offers a full range of imaging services, from 3-D mammography to interventional radiology, to ensure the most accurate diagnosis.

Johnston Memorial has also been successful in recruiting physicians and advanced practitioners to the community, increasing access to health care for many residents — particularly in rural parts of the region. In 2015, for example, the hospital partnered with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine to establish a primary care residency program in Abingdon. Committed to tackling many of the health issues plaguing the region, Johnston Memorial offers an interventional cardiology program to treat heart disease, and its diabetes care center offers preventive education and medical management for diabetic patients age 12 and older.

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