Tryon Medical Partners Team News
December 2019
Practice Self-Care This Holiday Season
By Elaine Campbell, DO
As a medical practice, this time of year can be REALLY BUSY. Colder temperatures keep people indoors, where they are more susceptible to germs. The busyness of the holidays stresses immune systems, so our exam rooms stay packed with people. Then someone in the office gets sick, and those who manage to stay healthy are saddled with even more to do!
When your “day job” is to take care of others, it can be overwhelming. This can also compound the pressure, anxiety and sadness that comes with what should be a joyful time of year.
Remember that you cannot care for others if you are not caring for yourself. Even if it means skipping a party or leaving a chore undone, squeeze in some you time.  Click here  to see a short list of things I do to beat the holiday blues. I hope you find it to be a helpful way to make the holidays truly happy!
Tryon Team Tips from Human Resources
Holiday Office Closings
  • Our offices will close at 1:00 pm Tuesday, Dec. 24, and will remain closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, Dec. 26. 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Final Reminder for Year-End BENEFITS REVIEW

If you participate in the Health Savings Plan, please be sure to check your annual contributions to ensure you won’t overcontribute for 2019. The HSA incentives do not automatically stop so you must update your HSA elections in Paylocity. 

The IRS allows an annual contribution of $3,500 for employee only and $7,000 for family. If you are 55 or older, you can contribute an additional $1,000. 

Please contact Human Resources for more information.

Please be sure to log in to Paylocity and check the following before Dec. 31, 2019:
  • Verify correct spelling of your name
  • Verify your home address
  • Verify your Social Security Number
  • Review your marital status, birthdate and dependents, if applicable
Under the “Pay” section, please review the following:
  • Check your information for accuracy
  • Verify that correct state and local tax withholdings are accurate
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Make This a (Happy) December to Remember
Make the Holidays Your Own

You take one look at the calendar and you're hit with pictures of perfect holidays. But what about the people who aren't included those snapshots?

What if you are single, without little ones to decorate the Christmas tree or light menorah candles? If you don't belong in a traditional holiday portrait, you can still make the holidays your own by creating traditions that are unique to you . Learn how .
Hints for Healthy Holiday Eating

Holiday parties and family gatherings can present a special challenge when it comes to eating healthily.

The key to a diabetes-friendly gathering is having a variety of healthy food selections, and this doesn't mean that you'll have to completely sacrifice all of your favorites!

Read these tips from the National Diabetes Education Program.
Breathe Deeply to Relieve Holiday Stress
By Claire Presswood, MD
Deep breathing exercises can help you feel calm and relaxed, and lower stress in your body. When you breathe deeply, you are sending signals to your brain to calm down, and your brain, in turn, sends this message to the rest of your body.

Take a moment and find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted to practice some deep breathing exercises:
  1. Sit or stand with good posture, or lie flat on the floor with your hand on your belly.
  2. Inhale through your nose for four seconds and let your belly push your hand out.
  3. Hold for four seconds.
  4. Exhale through pursed lips for four seconds and feel the hand on your belly go in.
  5. Hold for four seconds.
  6. Repeat this cycle three to 10 times.
What should you do if your dog chokes on a new chew toy,
or your cat eats ribbon? Learn this and more from EAP.
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Tryon Medical Partners News
Tryon Direct: How Direct Primary Care Can Cut Healthcare Waste
Did you know:
  • Healthcare and insurance industries generate $750B in waste each year?
  • In 2018, Americans spent $2.5 trillion on healthcare? That’s $10,739 per person. (In Charlotte, the cost is 20% higher.)
  • Across the U.S., the rate of specialist referrals has increased by 94% over the past 10 years?

Due to time pressures driven by high patient loads, primary care physicians delegate nearly 40% of primary care services that they could handle if they had more time to do so.
In a perfect world, a primary care physician would have the time to forge a strong relationship with not only his or her patient, but a team of in-house specialists to provide continuity of care.

Tryon Medical Partners is building that perfect world, and Tryon Direct is bringing that unique healthcare model to businesses struggling to afford a quality healthcare solution to keep their employees healthy.

Is Tryon Direct working? Absolutely. We are getting amazing feedback from our current companies, and four more have signed on for 2020.
THANK YOU for all that you do to make our Tryon Direct clients' employees (our patients) feel welcome.
Good Things Come in T+ Packages

Every day our patients fill these boxes with kind words of appreciation for team partners who go above and beyond. If a patient tells you about a "T+ moment" with you, encourage them to share their positive experience by filling out a T+ card and putting it in this special box. Good things happen when team partners help one another get the recognition we deserve.
Team Partners: New and on the Move
We welcome new team partners and others making moves within the practice.

Everdean McCord

Live A nswer

Alaina Ellison

Leigh Warren


Juan Pimentel


Diana Maikut

PRN Team Clinical

Alexis Hood, RN

Bethany Reuter, RN

Rachel Miles, RN

Noelle Sabatt, PRN RN

Jennifer Carvajal

Angela Wright, CMA

Melinda Naba, MA

Latrice Jones, MA

Tamara Sandiford, RN

Elease Bryant

Dolly Vang, CMA

Kellee Smith

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Michael McMahon

Vanessa Wilson

SouthPark 8

Christelle Kombe

Christina Perry, CMA

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Erica Mullis

Melissa Osabutey
Christi Riggins, MA


Arina Nielsen, RN
Team Tryon in the Community
Blessings in a Basket
Thanks to all our team partners who donated food, money and volunteer time to make Thanksgiving special for families in need. Tryon Medical Partners did indeed deliver blessings in many baskets. #TeamTryonGives
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