For COVID-19 information, please click this alert.


State of Franklin Healthcare Associates: Rich Panek, CEO and Dr. David Moulton, Director of Quality

Posted by on May 17, 2021

Congratulations to SoFHA Imaging Center and Comprehensive Breast Center

Posted by on Apr 29, 2021

Congratulations to our SoFHA Imaging Center and Comprehensive Breast Center on their recent Ribbon Cutting. We are proud of these two new locations and all that has been accomplished. Thank you to Mayor Joe Wise and the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce for being part of our celebration. To learn more about the SoFHA Imaging…

Focus on Quality Drives Growth for SoFHA

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021

State of Franklin Healthcare is not a company looking to get bigger for the sake of getting bigger. Instead, the mission is to develop a patient-centered culture focused on reducing costs, providing better quality, and improving the patient experience. “We measure twice and cut once,” said SoFHA CEO Rich Panek. “We don’t grow just to…

Lingerfelt Returns Home to Pursue Her Passion for Helping Others

Posted by on Apr 8, 2021

Dr. Amanda Lingerfelt’s desire to become a doctor started around the time she was 7 years old. The Unicoi County native watched her mother go through some health issues that required a lot of diagnostic tests, and she found the whole process fascinating. When she told her family she intended to become a doctor when…

SoFHA Featured by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Posted by on Mar 22, 2021

In their Quality Care Quarterly newsletter for Spring 2021, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has featured State of Franklin Healthcare Associates. The article highlights how, in using data from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, SoFHA and partner Mountain Region Family Medicine have been able to maximize performance. The full newsletter and article are available to read here.

Unanticipated stint in the Navy leads Dr. Michael Snyder into Internal Medicine

Posted by on Feb 10, 2021

The retirement of a primary care physician can be a stressful time for that physician’s patients. In many cases, those patients have trusted the same doctor with their healthcare needs for many years. Since Dr. Christopher Hemphill retired last year, many of his patients at First Choice Internal Medicine have been greeted by a new…

Full Circle: Dr. Tara Shields’ journey into medicine brings her back home to Johnson City

Posted by on Jan 14, 2021

Dr. Tara Shields loves to go exploring from time to time, but all her favorite journeys have one thing in common – they come full circle.  “I love to travel,” said Shields. “That’s one of the things I like to do. But I’m always happy when I come home because everybody is so warm here,…

SoFHA Imaging Center aims to lower costs, improve patient experience

Posted by on Jan 8, 2021

818 Sunset Drive, Suite 100, Johnson City | 423.433.6550 Last summer, the leaders at State of Franklin Healthcare Associates came to an important realization. Patients were often waiting too long for important imaging studies, which led to anxiety and delays in diagnosis. And once patients did get in for imaging tests, the costs were higher…

31 Days of Wellness

Posted by on Jan 1, 2021

Throughout the month of January, we are highlighting things you can do every day for your mental and physical well-being. 2020 was a tough year for all of us, but 2021 can be used as a great refresh to become healthier, stronger and to achieve personal goals that we’ve been putting off. We are highlighting…

State of Franklin OB/GYN Specialists Delivers Affordable, Patient-Centered Care

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020

Every woman will face her share of tough decisions over the course of a lifetime, but no decision is more crucial than choosing the medical professionals responsible for providing high quality care throughout a pregnancy and ultimately delivering a healthy child. At State of Franklin OB/GYN Specialists, that responsibility is not taken lightly. In fact,…