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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.

Rehab at The Heritage Center helps local man lose weight, regain health

On Jan. 30, 2015, Kenneth Banner came to The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, looking for help in managing multiple medical conditions and regaining his independence.

Banner had been in three different hospitals. With a weight of 330 lbs., he suffered from hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, an irregular heartbeat and diabetes.

Couple that met at The Heritage Center weds there

Originally published in the Citizen Tribune on Sept. 16, 2015. Reprinted with permission.

Once upon a time, Walter Williams and Brandi McDonald met under less than perfect circumstances; however, through the trials, they found love and wed Tuesday afternoon. 

Earlier this year, life brought both McDonald with a broken foot and Williams with the loss of both legs to The Heritage Center’s rehabilitation department [in Morristown, Tennessee]. It is there where they met and the beginnings of love took root.

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 participates in the 24th Annual ALPS Walk

On July 25, 2015, The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, participated in the 24th Annual ALPS Walk to Remember, the largest fundraiser each year for ALPS, an adult day care service in Hamblen and Jefferson counties. Associates from The Heritage Center, and their family members, showed up in strong numbers for the fourth year in a row.

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 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.