Category Archives: Announcements & Affirmations

RMC Stroke Certified – Feb 2019

{Tim Suter, Director of Emergency Services}

Celebrating Roane Medical Center’s Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death and adult disability in the United States. Every 40 seconds, someone suffers a stroke and every four minutes a stroke will take another minute. When suffering from a stroke, every moment counts and every decision is critical.

Thankfully, Roane County citizens can rest a little easier knowing that Roane Medical Center (RMC) underwent a rigorous onsite review to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. RMC is part of the region’s only stroke hospital network, Covenant Health. Member hospitals collaborate to provide a rapid diagnosis, averaging over 80% of stroke victims seeing an emergency physician within 15 minutes of arrival far and above the national average of 67%.

Jason Pilant, Chief Administrative Officer of Roane Medical Center, believes this achievement is “Due to the hard work and dedication of our staff, stroke care clinical team and our physician partners at the Roane Medical Center. “ Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, echoed. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, Roane Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high-quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

Source RMC

Roane County Emergency Medical Services – Dec 2018

{Tim Suter, Director of Emergency Medical Services}

Community Affirmation: Roane County emergency medical responders work long hours in every imaginable condition. The hard work they do behind the scenes can go unnoticed in the face of personal tragedy. They don’t work for the praise and certainly not the money. Our emergency medical responders chose a vocation that requires a passion for the job and compassion for the suffering. Here is one of many examples of a Roane County Emergency Medical Service provider who works passionately with compassion.

Sir: I am writing to you about one of your EMTs. He responded to our home at (redacted) on November 1st. He was really sweet and kind to my mother after she had fallen in our home. He kept her calm while she was put on the gurney to be transported to the ER at Roane Medical Center. His kindness did not stop there. While he was finishing up his paperwork he noticed me waiting to hear about Mom. He came over to give me a word about mom and to let me know that she was being taken care of by the doctor. He gave me words of encouragement. You have a fine man in Charles Dodson and I appreciate his time. He may not have rushed into a burning building but the care he showed my mom makes him a hero and his speaking to me in the ER waiting room helped me to make decisions with a clear mind. He and his teammates are real hero’s to me and I wish that you would accept my thanks for their services and convey to them my thanks. – Ruby Curtis

Mike Hooks Rep to TN Emergency Communications Board – Sept 2018

{Summarized from Roane County News}

Mike Hooks, Roane County E-911 Director, and East Tennessee’s District Representative to Tennessee Emergency Communications Board: Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Mike Hooks to another term on the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board as the District representative for East Tennessee. The mission of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board is to ensure effective access to 911 service. Hooks said. “I can’t thank Gov. Haslam enough for putting that trust in me.”

Hooks also thanked Deputy Governor Jim Henry, State Sen. Ken Yager and State Representatives, Kent Calfee and Ron Travis. “They worked on getting me reappointed to the position.” Hooks has been director of Roane County E-911 since 2000, and his new term runs through June 30, 2021. When accepting the nomination, Hooks shared, “I have about 38 years of public safety work and experience… I feel like I can bring a lot to the state board and help them direct the next generation of 911.” For example, one of the new innovations Hooks and the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board are working towards is implementing a Text-to-911 for emergency situations, for cases when talking might not be possible.

Join us in expressing our appreciation for Mike Hook’s 38 years of service and three cheers to get him through 40!

Roane County Household Hazardous Waste Day

{Ralph Stewart, Solid Waste and Recycling Director}

Help keep Roane County clean and safe by properly disposing of your household hazardous waste. You are probably thinking you don’t have any hazardous materials in your house. Surprisingly, many household items are flammable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic and should not be thrown into the garbage. This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference by safely disposing of these materials. You are protecting the environment and others from being harmed. This one-day event is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as a FREE and SAFE way to rid your home of household hazardous materials.

Is this for businesses or for Roane County residents? Households from any county are able to participate. Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Waste (i.e., wastes from non – household sources such as businesses, schools, farms, churches, etc.) is acceptable by appointment only. Call 615.643.3170 to request a price quote and schedule an appointment.

Are there any hazardous wastes that residents should not bring? Please do not bring any:

  • medical/ infectious waste (except needles and sharps in puncture-proof containers)
  • explosives – radioactive materials (including smoke detectors)
  • alkaline batteries no longer contain mercury and therefore can be thrown away in the trash
  • Paint is accepted on Tuesdays at the Post Oak Convenience Center located at: 123 Post-Oak Valley road in Rockwood
Household Hazardous Waste Includes:

Household Hazardous Waste Includes

From The HouseFrom The WorkbenchFrom The Yard From The Garage
Art/Craft SuppliesDegreaser


Moth Balls Paint thinnerNo – pest stripsGasoline
Floor Cleaners Stain RemoverRodent KillerBrake Fluid
Rechargeable Batteries Fluorescent bulbsHerbicidesCarburetor Cleaner
Drain CleanersSealantPool ChemicalsKerosene
Photo Chemicals Wood StripperMuriatic Acids
Chemistry SetsSolventPesticides
Metal/Furniture polishRust/Wood PreservativeInsect spray
Where: Recycling Center 215 White Pine Rd, Harriman 37748
When: Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9am-2pm Please call the Roane County Recycling Center at 865.590.7779 for more information.

Protecting Tennesseans From Emergencies and Disasters – Feb 2018

{Laura Conner, District Director Roane and Morgan County Health Departments}

East Regional Health Office Recognized for Protecting Tennesseans From Emergencies and Disasters: The Tennessee Department of Health East Regional Health Office (TDH), tasked with improving the health and prosperity of people in East Tennessee, has been busy. One in five East Tennesseans utilizes TDH services, while we are all indirectly affected by their emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of healthcare facilities, and inspection of food service establishments. In January TDH East Regional Health Office was recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for its ability to plan for, respond and to recover from public health emergencies. Our East Regional Health Office demonstrated these capabilities by meeting comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a unique partnership between National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are proud to have been recognized by Project Public Health Ready for our high level of preparedness for emergencies,” said East Regional Health Director Janet Ridley. “This honor reflects tremendous effort, dedication, creativity, and cooperation by our entire team across our region. We will continue to improve our ability to quickly and effectively respond to any public health crises in our communities.”