• Media Center

    Marketing communications professionals are available to assist the news media with questions or information about Wellmont Health System, our hospitals and other facilities. We can help you locate an expert, follow up on a news release or event or obtain information on a patient.

    In accordance with our policy and procedures, all news media professionals must contact the marketing communications department before speaking with Wellmont Health System co-workers or visiting our facilities.

    View our most recent news releases below or visit Wellmont News to access a broader list. 

  • Recent media releases


  • Brinley Addington Hometown Throwdown Returns for Third Year to Benefit Children’s Miracle Network

    5/21/15 - The third annual Brinley Addington Hometown Throwdown, presented by First Kingsport Credit Union, will be held Saturday, June 20, at the Kingsport Farmers Market on Clinchfield Street near Food City in downtown Kingsport. Addington, a rising country music star who was reared in the city, will be the opening act.

    Bristol Regional Earns 'A' in Patient Safety; Tops Among Regional Hospitals

    5/20/15 - Bristol Regional Medical Center has again received an exceptional score from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that evaluates hospitals on 28 measures of patient safety.

    Cancer Institute Introduces Truebeam STx with Brainlab at Bristol Regional; Officials Honor Dr. John Fincher for Decades of Leadership in Oncology Care

    5/19/15 - The Wellmont Cancer Institute recently became the first in the region to offer TrueBeam STx with Brainlab with its installation in the J.D. and Lorraine Nicewonder Cancer Center at Bristol Regional Medical Center. TrueBeam complements other technology, such as CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, to bring a full suite of treatment options to cancer institute patients.

    Dr. Chad Couch Named Bristol Regional’s Chief Medical Officer, Brings 25 Years of Experience as Physician

    5/14/15 - Chad Couch, M.D., a highly respected urologic surgeon who has practiced at Bristol Regional Medical Center for 15 years, has been named the hospital’s chief medical officer.

    Wellmont Foundation Attains Goal for NICU Project and Pursues Center for Women and Infants at Holston Valley

    5/14/15 - Strong community support has enabled Wellmont Foundation to meet its $2.5 million goal to enhance services available in the neonatal intensive care unit at Holston Valley Medical Center and move it to a bigger space in the hospital. Now, Holston Valley is embarking on another beneficial project, unveiling a $2 million fundraising campaign to create Center for Women and Infants.

  • Frequently asked questions

    How do I locate an expert or schedule an interview with a Wellmont Health System physician or employee?

    Wellmont Health System's physicians and employees are healthcare experts with years of experience and training. To locate an expert for your news story, please call the marketing communications department at (423) 408-7299 or (423) 306-1702.

    How can I obtain the condition of a patient in a Wellmont Health System hospital?

    When a patient is considered a “news patient,” the patient’s general condition (one-word description) may be made available to the media. Information regarding the patient’s condition will only be released when the reporter supplies the patient’s full name. Mass casualty cases may be an exception.

    If the patient is a minor (younger than 18), no information will be released without the consent of a parent or legal guardian.

    To learn the condition of a patient in a Wellmont Health System hospital, please call the marketing communications department at (423) 408-7299 or (423) 306-1702.

    After hours, media can also call the nursing supervisor at the appropriate hospital and ask to speak with the marketing communications professional on call:

    Holston Valley Medical Center: (423) 224-4000
    Bristol Regional Medical Center: (423) 844-1121
    Mountain View Regional Medical Center (276) 679-9100
    Lonesome Pine Hospital: (276) 523-3111
    Hawkins County Memorial Hospital: (423) 921-7000
    Hancock County Hospital: (423) 733-5000

    Who do I contact for media information after hours?

    If you are a member of the news media and need to speak with a marketing communications representative after hours, please call Jim Wozniak at (423) 306-1702.

  • Media contact

    Jim Wozniak, media relations coordinator

    Jim Wozniak
    media relations manager
    Office: (423) 408-7299
    Cell:    (423) 306-1702
    Pager: (800) 289-2337, ext. 8786
    Fax:    (423) 408-7401
    E-mail: Jim.Wozniak@wellmont.org

    The marketing communications department is staffed from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Media representatives who need to reach us after business hours should call (423) 306-1702. You may also call the hospital operator at (423) 224-4000 and ask that the on-call media relations representative be contacted.