Saturday, September 5, 2009

Vet Medical Center - East TN

Verteran's Administration Medical Center in Johnson City, TN.

Since 1903, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 170,000 veterans living in a 41-county area of Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

Mike's Dad, James, had knee replacement surgery on Tuesday at the Vet Hospital in Johnson City, TN. He's due to come home tomorrow. The drugs have James a little mixed up, the nurse left him some pills to take with his supper and she walked out of the room, he tried to hide the pills by sticking them in his applesauce, Mike and I had to tattle on him, the nurse came back, crushed the pills, and stood over him until he swallowed them.
I was very impressed with the facility. Before my Dad passed, I used to take him to a Vet Medical Center in North Carolina (Asheville) but he never was hospitalized there (many times in our local hospital though - Emphysema).

Daddy and James, both idolized Ronald Reagan.

The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center is recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as a patient-centered integrated healthcare organization for veterans providing excellent healthcare, research, and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner; and a back-up for National emergencies. VAMC Mountain Home is primarily affiliated with the James H. Quillen College of Medicine *, offering residency training in all major medical and surgical specialties.
The grounds were quite beautiful and then Mike and I walked around the cemetery for a bit, I could have stayed there for hours.

It reads that Billy was a hurricane hunter, he was only 23. My father, a Korean War veteran, was a Billy who was in the Air Force, he would have liked to have had a tombstone here, to be buried here under the shade tree.

I'm proud of you Buck. Proud of all of ya.

Wanda was in the Persian Gulf and died last year. Carroll was a navy man, and loved my his wife and children. They're in the section where it reads that their bodies have not been recovered or identified, seems so heartbreaking for the families, no closure.

I'm glad the soldiers have a place to call home. I'm glad that some of my taxes are supporting Vet Hospitals.


BlueRidge Boomer said...'s a beautiful campus...with beautiful people....that's where City Boy goes for Medical care...they are always super to super ...that he volunteers to drive the Ashe County VA van,,,he drives the guys to Johnson City, TN and Salem, VA...he arranges his work schedule around his driving......


Mom L said...

What a beautiful tribute! I hope Mike's Dad makes great progress with his recovery. Couldn't you take one of the goats in to visit him?

Nancy in Atlanta

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Anonymous said...

Wishing James a speedy recovery!

The buildings all have such character. Just like all the men and women who serve our country. God Bless them all!

have a great day.

Flartus said...

Just doing some catch-up reading tonight. My mom had double-knee replacement 15 years ago; still going strong! I wish your FIL a quick recovery--it's not fun, I know!

Nice tribute to our fallen servicemen and women. I like that you picked some out from the crowd. How appropriate that I read this on 9/11.