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The Heritage Center wins Business Development Award of Excellence

The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, recently won the Business Development Award of Excellence for parent company Life Care Centers of America’s Appalachian Region. 

On Dec. 1, 2015, Life Care’s Eastern Division held a banquet at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, bestowing honors on one skilled nursing and rehab facility per each of its five regions. The awards recognize facilities for innovative programs in serving their communities.

The Heritage Center helps patient recover after bowel surgery

Johnny Purkey needed rehabilitation badly after having bowel surgery for bleeding in his digestive tract.

“When I came to The Heritage Center [in Morristown, Tennessee], I could hardly move or eat,” said Purkey. “At one point, I was diagnosed with pneumonia along with fractured ribs and was afraid of what the future held.”

The Heritage Center welcomes its first on-site physician

David Johnson, M.D., recently started as the first on-site physician at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee.

In his new role, Johnson enhances physician accessibility to patients and families. He aids in hospital transitions and pharmacy communications, and being on-site allows him to personally respond to medical changes or emergencies in a timely manner.

The Heritage Center helps Collake recover from knee replacement

Maureen Collake needed rehabilitation after undergoing a total knee replacement at Morristown-Hamblin Hospital in Tennessee.

When she arrived at The Heritage Center in Morristown on June 19, 2017, Collake needed moderate assistance to get in and out of bed, bathe and manage her medications....

The Heritage Center helps patient get back to work after auto accident

Thirty-four-year-old Crystal Griffin never expected to need rehabilitation in a skilled nursing center, but thanks to her experience at The Heritage Center in Morristown, she is walking again and back at her local factory job....

The Heritage Center helps 107-year-old return home after hip fracture

A fall on June 28, 2017, led 107-year-old Morristown, Tennessee, resident Martha Whaley to the hospital with a broken hip.

“We weren’t very optimistic about her prognosis as we went through this same thing five years ago with the other hip,” said Whaley’s daughter, Robin Andrews....

Human and canine duo at The Heritage Center win THCA volunteer award

On Aug. 29, 2017, two special volunteers at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, received the 2017 Group Volunteer Award during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s awards luncheon in Nashville.

Olivia and Maddie Inman have been volunteering at The Heritage Center for three and a half years. Olivia is a retired special education teacher in Morristown, and Maddie is her 8-year-old Welsh Corgi mix....

Rymers, former owners of The Birds Nest, featured in national magazine

Fred Rymer, who ran The Birds Nest antique store in Russellville, Tennessee, for more than a decade with his wife, Dorothy, has been featured in a national magazine.

The Rymers currently live at The Heritage Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Morristown run by Life Care Centers of America....

The Heritage Center receives Silver National Quality Award

The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, recently received the 2017 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The center was notified of its achievement on July 6. Only 191 Silver awards were given this year nationwide....

The Heritage Center leader wins company’s divisional President’s Award

Life Care Centers of America honored Robert Breeden, senior executive director at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, with one of two President’s Awards for its Eastern Division on Aug. 14, 2017.

The honor recognizes distinguished service in the long-term health care management role....

The Heritage Center starts National Nursing Home Week with Movie Night

On May 6, The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, kicked off its celebration of National Nursing Home Week with a Moonlight Movie Night.

More than 200 residents, their family members and community members came out to share a movie experience. The movie of the night was the family-friendly “The Good Dinosaur.” There was more to the evening than simply the film showing, however.

The Heritage Center wins AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award

The Heritage Center, a skilled nursing and rehab facility in Morristown, recently received the 2015 Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The award highlights facilities across the nation that have proven their intention to pursue a rigorous quality improvement system. It is the first of three tiers of recognition (Bronze, Silver and Gold) by AHCA/NCAL and requires a detailed application process submitted to a board of examiners for review.

Rehab at The Heritage Center helps Brown recover from hip replacement

Before his hip replacement, James Brown would walk into the orthopedist’s office on a rollator with his back arched and looking down.

On his most recent visit, Brown was standing upright and looking forward.

Two things made the difference: hip surgery by local expert Dr. Nicholas Grimaldi and rehabilitation at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee....

The Heritage Center helps Pigott function again

Jim Pigott was completely dependent on others when he came to The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, for rehabilitation.

Pigott had just come out of an extended hospital stay for acute congestive heart failure and respiratory failure....

Rehab at The Heritage Center helps Foster get his life back

James Foster was only 69 when a series of health problems hit in fast succession, leaving him extremely weak.

Not only did he have a heart attack, but he also suffered from pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis, hypertension, anemia and liver shock. He was on a ventilator and feeding tube while he was in the hospital....

Therapy at The Heritage Center helps Tobie recover from accident

William Tobie was in a four-wheeler accident in fall 2017 that resulted in multiple fractures and an emergency surgery to remove his spleen.

He was on a ventilator for almost two months....

The Heritage Center helps fall patient get back on his feet

Melvin Hatcher was in rough shape when he came to The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, on Nov. 8, 2017.

Hatcher had fallen and broken his right leg and his left wrist. Complicating matters, he was also battling pneumonia and was too weak for surgery for his broken bones. He was barely able to sit on the edge of his bed for five minutes the first week....

Walking a reality for Russell because of The Heritage Center

Irene Russell is back up and walking, despite breaking her left radius and sacrum in a fall at home.

Therapy at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, has made the difference.

Russell came to the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on Nov. 27, 2017, unable to do much of anything for herself....

The Heritage Center celebrates Nellie Johnson’s 110th birthday

Nellie Maude Johnson, a resident at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, celebrated her 110th birthday on Dec. 16, 2016.

Friends, fellow residents, associates and church family joined Johnson for a party marking this milestone, which makes her a super-centenarian. The dining room was decorated beautifully with gold decorations, and Johnson wore a corsage of white roses and gold ribbon. 

The Heritage Center resident wins regional Christmas card contest

Patricia Trent, a 67-year-old resident at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, recently had her artwork featured on a Christmas card.

Each year, parent company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities to submit Christmas card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions.