Vyvyan Derouen Named Heart Institute’s Executive Director;
Three Others Picked for Leadership Posts
Vyvyan Derouen, who has enhanced patient care as a clinician
and administrator during a decade in health care, has been promoted to
executive director of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.
Derouen most recently was director of invasive
cardiovascular services at Holston Valley Medical Center. Earlier, she was based in
the heart institute’s Johnson City office while serving as a regional director
of operations and development.
Now, Derouen will direct the heart institute’s 15 offices in
Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia as well as the cardiovascular
services at Holston Valley and Bristol Regional Medical Center. She succeeds Tim Attebery,
who was recently named Holston Valley’s interim president.
“Vyvyan is a tremendous leader who will build on our
regional strength and national standing and take our cardiovascular program to
the next level of excellence,” said Dr. Jerry Blackwell, a medical doctor and the heart
institute’s president. “We are proud to have developed a world-class
organization and are confident Vyvyan will develop innovative strategies that
will ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care.”
As president, Dr. Blackwell has administrative
responsibilities to oversee the heart institute’s regional operations. Dr. Herb Ladley, a medical doctor and one of the heart
institute’s interventional cardiologists, serves as Wellmont Health System’s
vice president of cardiovascular services, in which he leads several strategic
Derouen joined the Wellmont family when the former Tri-State
Cardiology practice was integrated into the heart institute in 2011. She had
served as the practice’s clinical and operations director. Her medical career
also includes six years as a registered nurse providing cardiac, cardiothoracic
and vascular care.
“The legacy of delivering superior cardiovascular care has
long been a hallmark of the heart institute, and I’m grateful to be entrusted
to continue this tradition,” Derouen said. “This is a tremendous professional
opportunity for me, but I am fortunate to work with some of the most talented
physicians in the country along with other remarkable caregivers and dedicated
staff who prove every day to the residents of our region that the finest care is
close to home.”
Derouen has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from McNeese
State University in Lake Charles, La.
In addition to selecting Derouen, the heart institute has
also named Elaine Arnold, Doreen Heppert and Lori Jackson as regional directors
of operations and development.
Arnold will be responsible for offices in Kingsport;
Rogersville; Norton, Va.; and Pennington Gap, Va. Heppert will be responsible
for offices in Johnson City, Greeneville, Erwin and Elizabethton. Jackson will
be responsible for the offices in Bristol; Abingdon, Va.; Marion, Va.;
Richlands, Va.; Lebanon, Va.; and Wytheville, Va.
In their roles, Arnold, Heppert and Jackson will provide
overall management and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the offices and
Arnold has worked for the heart institute since 1997 and has
extensive experience as a registered nurse in the stress lab, medical-surgical
unit, cardiac care unit and cardiac testing. She has a bachelor’s degree in
nursing from East Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in business
administration from King University.
Jackson, whose medical career spans more than 20 years in
East Tennessee, has served as Bristol Regional’s administrative director of
diagnostic imaging since 2001. She has a bachelor’s in applied organization
management and a master’s in organizational management, both from Tusculum
Heppert has been part of the medical field for 34 years in
varied positions, most recently operations director for Highlands Physicians.
She has a bachelor’s in pharmacy from State University of New York at Buffalo
and a master’s in the same field from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
She also has a master’s in business administration from King University.
Heppert is a licensed pharmacist.
The heart institute, which has earned numerous state and
national awards, includes 47 physicians and more than 200 other caregivers and
staff spread throughout the region. For more information about the heart
institute, please visit www.wellmont.org.