Tryon Medical Partners Team News
November 2019
Message from CEO Dr. Dale Owen
A year ago today, the first few Tryon Medical Partners offices were two months into operation. We were working on overdrive to open the last few locations, managing evening and weekend appointments to keep our patients on track. It was exciting, and sometimes exhausting.

More than a year later, our practice is still busy and growing! Eight locations, 500+ employees and more than 118,000 patients later, we have successfully given our community a real choice when it comes to healthcare. We are improving outcomes by strengthening relationships between patient and provider, and among all Tryon Medical team partners.

There is still much to be done to right the wrongs of “big healthcare,” but it’s important to take the time to reflect on how far we have come. Our patients appreciate every long shift, afterwork phone call and sacrifice you have made to bring us this far. THANK YOU for your commitment and dedication to our mission. I am so proud of Team Tryon.
Be Thankful for Your Team
Expressing gratitude for those with whom you work can make your hectic days more pleasant. 

“The more you can train your brain to seek out the good in your business and in life, the more fulfilled you’ll become...” - Blank Singer
Fall into a Healthier You
We tell our patients to eat healthier and exercise, but are we practicing what we preach? It's never too late in the year to start a healthy habit.

Check out these creative ways to get outside , become more active and spend time with your family.
Tryon Team Tips from Human Resources
  • Please remember to review and approve your timecard.
  • Our offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal business hours will resume Friday, Nov. 29.
  • As year-end approaches, if you participate in the Health Savings Plan (HSA), check your annual contributions to ensure you won’t over contribute 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.
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Tryon Medical Partners News
What is Tryon Direct?
Tryon Direct is a unique direct primary care solution that Tryon Medical is offering to businesses in Mecklenburg County. Tryon Direct enables employers to provide their employees exceptional primary and preventive care, while reducing their overall healthcare costs by as much as 25%.

Workers whose employers offer Tryon Direct can enjoy:
  • Unlimited visits and 24/7 access to Tryon Medical clinical staff
  • Same-day appointments and virtual visits
  • Referrals to high-quality specialists within the practice

Currently there are two companies (and another on the way) who have partnered with Tryon Medical Partners to offer Tryon Direct to their employees: Precision Plumbing and Price Brothers. Learn more about Tryon Direct .
When "Small Talk" Becomes a HIPAA Violation
By Wynona Raby

Last week, I was speaking with a friend who relayed the following story: While attending a banquet, she sat next to a healthcare employee from the local hospital. She and the employee began to chat, and during the conversation, the employee began to discuss a patient. The employee did not use the patient's name but described her using sufficient details.

As the employee talked, my friend realized the employee was discussing her own sister! What do you think happened next?
  1. The employee and my friend met for ice cream.
  2. My friend contacted the healthcare facility.
  3. My friend hugged the employee and said, “Thank you for discussing details surrounding my sister.”
You guessed it, #2. The lesson from this is to stay compliant and not discuss patients unless it is with appropriate colleagues or persons who have a business need to know.

Compliance Champions: You are our eyes and ears! Contact us at 704-489-3376 or   by emailing compliance .
Congratulations to Our Exceptional Team Partners

We would like to congratulate our T+ team partners for this quarter! These employees were selected from more than 120 team partners, recognized by patients for providing exceptional customer service:

Donisha McCrae (Pineville)
Amy Foster (SP 6)
Claudia Mitchell (SP 6)
Kristin Stevens (SP 10)

Thanks to all of you who go above and beyond every day to build stronger relationships!
November Events
Make a Donation: Thanksgiving Food Drive
Tryon Medical Partners is participating in a Thanksgiving Food Drive. You can help by:
  • Donating these food items
  • Donating funds to purchase food basket items
  • Volunteering your time to collect and prepare food baskets

All locations can participate. Click here for more information .
Veteran's Day
 Monday, Nov. 11
We recognize and appreciate those who have served our country, and thank their families who support them. Reach out and thank a veteran! 

Remember, EAP offers a list of free services available to veterans and their families. 
Thursday, Nov. 28
It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year! The holidays are quickly approaching. Some look forward to the holiday season, but for others, it can be stressful. Read these tips to:
Team Partners: New and on the Move
We welcome new team partners and others making moves within the practice.
Abigail Metts, PRN

Travaughn Mitchell, PRN
Kavan Ganhdi


Phildericka Starks

PRN Team

Jean Robert Metayer

Megan Foland
SouthPark 6
Amber Coffman, MA

Lauren Nejberger, RN

SouthPark GI

Priya Patel, PA-C

Christi Riggins, MA

Tryon Management Group

Karen White

Kimberly Baker, PCC

Karina Cuartas, MA

Marilyn Cunningham, MA

Davina Merowit, PCC

Harry Pinckey, RN


Stefany Pineda
Terri Nixon Moves to Tryon Direct
SouthPark 7 and 8 say goodbye to Terri Nixon, who has served as Practice Manager since the very beginning of Tryon Medical Partners. We will miss Terri, but she won't be going far! Terri is moving to the Tryon Direct team to be the Live Answer Nurse. Congratulations, Terri!
Team Tryon in the Community
Think Pink: Waverly Shows Spirit for Breast Cancer Awareness
MedAssist 5K
Sixty-two team partners signed up for the MedAssist 5K held Saturday, Oct. 26 ! Tryon Medical Partners was a proud sponsor of the event, benefiting our community by raising money to provide life-saving medications to those in need. We placed third with our donation total of $2,988.61! Thanks to all who participated.
Team Partners Get Spooky and Kooky for Halloween
Compliance Department Supports Autism Awareness
Tryon Medical's Wynona Raby served as "fun master" in charge of face painting at Autism Charlotte 's first "Paths to the Future" community event.
Team Tryon Ballantyne Enjoys a Picnic
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