Five Young Wellmont Professionals Selected as 40 Under Forty Recipients by Business Journal

Five dynamic young professionals with Wellmont Health System have been recognized for their contributions to the region and their long-term growth potential.

They are part of the 21st class of 40 Under Forty selected by The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia. The designation is a salute to emerging stars in the community, and Wellmont is well represented in this latest group. The winners are:

"These young leaders already play an integral role in our delivery of high-quality care, but it will be exciting to watch them further develop their skill sets as their careers progress," said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO. "We congratulate them for achieving this prestigious honor and thank them for the compassion and innovation they demonstrate every day."

Ashby supervises the flight team on WellmontOne Air Transport and the medical flight team on Med-Flight II, which is a service of the Virginia State Police. She also serves on the Virginia Governor's Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board and the board of directors of the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council and is a member of the Tennessee and Virginia state medical evacuation committees.

Dr. Dixon, an osteopathic physician, brings to his practice a caring touch and ability to make patients feel at ease. Those with whom he interacts consider him to be an excellent leader and mentor and say he has high ethical standards. He graduated from Alice Lloyd College and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed a residency in internal medicine at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Hutchinson began working at Bristol Regional in 2002 and has served in many roles, including registered nurse, charge nurse, supervisor, educator and clinical practice manager. Colleagues credit her with a passion for promoting nursing excellence and cite her leadership in areas such as computerized physician order entry and design and implementation of the hospital's medication safety team.

Dr. Sakhuja, a medical doctor, has already climbed impressive heights in his career, holding five board certifications in the medical profession. He also holds master's degrees in public policy and epidemiology from Harvard University, from which he graduated medical school and received much of his medical training. One way he has showcased his talent at Holston Valley Medical Center is with his leadership in the use of transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures for patients who have aortic stenosis and are a high risk for open-heart surgery.

Tavenner, who joined Wellmont earlier this year, has already shown his leadership with the streamlining of departments, assisting with budgets and working with recruiters to add physicians and services to the two hospitals. He works closely with the medical staff to help build relationships. Tavenner has also enhanced the community's welfare with his participation in the Forward Wise County Leadership Program and his service on the Wise County/City of Norton Chamber of Commerce's board of directors.

Additional information about these community servants and the places they work is available in the December edition of The Business Journal and on this site.