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Old 08-14-2019, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Florida/Tennessee
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I love where I am... music rich, good people, great food, peaceful mountains and quiet streams for fishing.
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:53 PM
 
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I love where I am... music rich, good people, great food, peaceful mountains and quiet streams for fishing.
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I agree. It is the way is supposed to be.
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:59 PM
 
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Happy to know that was helpful. I'm afraid SLP is much the same and for the same reasons. ETSU is churning out new grads yearly and there is little population and industry growth to accommodate them. Most SLP jobs will be per diem/contract in the schools with SNF contracts opening here and there. In all of JC I believe there is only one SLP working in OP adults. I work in a "major" facility and we have 1 FT and 2 PT SLPs.
Thanks again! But this was actually quite different from what I read. My impression was that JC has plenty of healthcare jobs for therapists, because of its booming healthcare industry and the local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, etc. It was still a surprise to me that therapist jobs are limited, although I believe your first-hand experience was more convincing than random online information.
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:28 PM
 
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Thanks again! But this was actually quite different from what I read. My impression was that JC has plenty of healthcare jobs for therapists, because of its booming healthcare industry and the local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, etc. It was still a surprise to me that therapist jobs are limited, although I believe your first-hand experience was more convincing than random online information.
Check out indeed. You'll mostly see PRN and part time offerings, primarily SNF. VA openings do happen. Others may disagree but health care is not booming here. It's flat at best. JC is the hub of healthcare for this area but to the detriment of the surrounding areas. Ballad is taking away services at other facilities and redirecting them to JCMC. Healthcare is certainly a major economic driver here but not like you would see in larger areas. I definitely recommend some research on the health system merger that has taken place here and how that limits employment options. There is a lot of community resentment towards Ballad and the way they operate.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:09 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Another thing for the OP. One thing that has always made me scratch my head is that lots of people say that one of the pluses of the Tri-Cities is that it's close to Knoxville, Asheville, and other "desirable areas," but don't say that the Tri-Cities are desirable in and of themselves.

Knoxville is close to two hours. Asheville is a little over an hour from downtown Johnson City, and an hour and a half to any other part of the Tri-Cities. While we're not as isolated as the middle of Mississippi, virtually any part of this area is 3-4 hours from the closest major metros, Charlotte and Nashville.
Some people, like me, find the tri-cities desirable because here you get the plus of a smaller city, less traffic and congestion, a more laid back lifestyle, etc. while still being able to get to Knoxville or Asheville relatively quickly for things that aren't available here, zoos, big name concerts, certain medical specialist, etc.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Thanks again! But this was actually quite different from what I read. My impression was that JC has plenty of healthcare jobs for therapists, because of its booming healthcare industry and the local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, etc. It was still a surprise to me that therapist jobs are limited, although I believe your first-hand experience was more convincing than random online information.
You really need to go to Ballad's website and explore. There are also smaller outfits like State of Franklin Healthcare Associates and Holston Medical Group.

There are a lot of people against Ballad Health. Ballad, like any institution, has problems. With that said, to me, the worst of Ballad's problems are poor PR and communication errors. They aren't communicating well. A press release will come out saying a service is being changed or removed, then the public seizes on that in a pitchfork mob. A week later, another release can come out that services are being improved or added, then that falls on deaf ears and gets no media attention at all. All people hear and remember are the negatives.

People seem to like treasure both legacy systems that they complained to no end about a couple years ago. A lot of process problems and complacency is being ferreted out.

In any event, I've learned nothing will please the pitchfork mob.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Some people, like me, find the tri-cities desirable because here you get the plus of a smaller city, less traffic and congestion, a more laid back lifestyle, etc. while still being able to get to Knoxville or Asheville relatively quickly for things that aren't available here, zoos, big name concerts, certain medical specialist, etc.
Since I've been back here in 2016, I've worked in or commuted through the worst of the area traffic. I've worked in two offices on Stone Drive in Kingsport. Stone Drive's traffic during core business hours from the John B. Dennis interchange all the way down to Clinchfield or so is brutal - by far the worst in the Tri-Cities for a city road. Roan St. and State of Franklin have nothing to the mess that is Stone Drive.

I've also done the Johnson City to Kingsport and Kingsport to Johnson City morning commutes on I-26. Those devolved into 35-45 minute commutes each way during rush hour. Any minor accident, roadwork, etc. causes I-26 to come to a near complete standstill at rush hour. I was supposed to meet someone in Boone's Creek at 5:45 two weeks to sell something. I left Kingsport around 4:50. There was a wreck on I-26 and I was stuck there until after 6, by which time the buyer had to leave. This is becoming commonplace on 26 during rush hour.

The I-26 mess is not Nashville, but it is no small town commute either. The best you can do between north side JC and somewhere like HVMC is around 20 mins with no traffic. Commute from a farther distance or a problem, and you're looking at major city commutes.
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Old 08-16-2019, 02:46 PM
 
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MTBuc & Serious Convo -- Thanks so much for the insight. Perhaps the Ballad Health saga might mean opportunities for folks interested in private practice to break away and do their own thing . . . My belief is that patients and those who treat them want more from the health care system than what they're getting -- and we all deserve it. My hope is to make change for the better where I can.

Good information all around from everyone! This forum has been illuminating!

(And nice photo Dave_n_Tenn!)
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:24 AM
 
Location: CT
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these threads are helpful to us , and shows us up in CT that we want to relocate ASAP ... we are look to get into mental health field ( I have 26 years exp) and my wife is a RN BSN so there much be some work to be had!!
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