• News & Media Frequently Asked Questions

    Marketing communications professionals are available to assist the news media with questions or information about Wellmont Health System, our hospitals and other facilities.

    View our news releases on the Wellmont News page.

    How do I locate a medical expert or schedule an interview with a Wellmont provider?

    Wellmont 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.

    Before you call a doctor or visit a facility

    All news media professionals must contact marketing communications before speaking with Wellmont physicians or other co-workers and before visiting our facilities.

    How can I obtain the condition of a patient in a Wellmont 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.

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

    Condition of minors

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

    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.

    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
  • Media contact

    Jim Wozniak, media relations coordinator

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

    Marketing communications dept. hours

    8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

    After-hours contacts

    Media representatives who need to reach us after business hours should call (423) 306-1702.

    Or call the hospital operator, (423) 224-4000, and ask that the on-call media relations representative be contacted.