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BSC Faculty Member Authors Chapter in Hospital Textbook

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    Friday, October 12 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

dr peggy johnson(Bluefield)—Dr. Peggy Johnson, who joined the faculty at Bluefield State College this semester, authored a chapter in the just-released textbook, "Hospitals: What They Are and How They Work," Fourth Edition.

"A colleague at Texas State University was editing the book and invited interested faculty to contribute to its compilation," Dr. Johnson explained during a break between classes at BSC. "I wrote the chapter entitled "History of Hospitals and Health Care." Her chapter tracked health care from its earliest days to the 21st Century."

"Health care is so dynamic with changes almost daily," she continued. "Because health care places such a cost burden on the country, effort is expended continuously on quality improvements and access for everyone, while at the same time controlling or containing costs."

Johnson's educational and professional career included stops in Tennessee and Texas prior to her arrival at Bluefield State. After working in health care for several years as a clinician and manager, she earned a bachelor's degree in Public Health from East Tennessee State University, later receiving both a master's and doctorate degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Tennessee. "I taught at the University of Tennessee, then at Texas State University before accepting a faculty position at Bluefield State," she said.

At BSC, she has enjoyed the experience of directing the Health Services Management program. "The students here are amazing," she added. "They are eager to learn and look for opportunities to become involved. In the months ahead, I look forward to working with our program advisory board and community stakeholders, as well."