Holston Valley’s President Achieves Status as Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives

Oct. 5, 2017 | KINGSPORT, TENN.

Tim Attebery, Holston Valley Medical Center’s president and a dedicated community servant, has achieved a special health care designation.

Attebery was recently named a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a designation that signifies board certification in health care management. He attained this classification based on his professional accomplishments and passing the rigorous Board of Governors Examination, which explored his knowledge of various subjects, such as strategy, human resources, finance and regulatory compliance.

This designation lasts three years, after which Attebery will have an opportunity to be recertified.

“Tim has performed tremendously in advancing Holston Valley’s reputation as a regional, state and national leader in the delivery of high-quality health care,” said Eric Deaton, Wellmont Health System’s chief operating officer, who also holds this certification. “But he has also worked relentlessly in recent years to pursue educational goals and work closely with community organizations to enhance the quality of life in our region. This record of professional excellence and community service ensured he was an appropriate candidate to earn his status as a fellow.”

In addition to passing the test, Attebery was required to be a member for at least three years of the ACHE, an international professional society of executives who lead hospitals and other health care organizations. He also needed a minimum of five years of executive health care management experience. Prior to becoming Holston Valley’s president, Attebery was the administrative leader of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and the former Cardiovascular Associates practice.

Civic activity is another key factor for someone to be selected as a fellow. Attebery serves as vice chairman of Healthy Kingsport, as a member of the board of the Friends In Need clinic and as a commissioner of Kingsport Higher Education Center.

The criteria for becoming a fellow also place value on education. Attebery holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University and a master of business administration from the University of Tennessee. He is also one of 12 health care executives nationwide who is enrolled in the University of Alabama’s health services administration doctorate program.

“It is an honor to be entrusted to lead Holston Valley, which has set high standards in serving patients and supporting the community,” Attebery said. “As we continue to look for innovative approaches to improve people’s lives, I want to embrace opportunities to expand my knowledge and community connections so we can take comprehensive health care to another level. This certification gives me additional motivation to strengthen our region’s health and well-being.”

Besides Attebery and Deaton, other Wellmont leaders who are fellows include Bart Hove, president and CEO; David Brash, president and CEO of Wellmont Medical Associates; Greg Neal, Bristol Regional Medical Center’s president; Dale Clark, president of Mountain View Regional Medical Center and Lonesome Pine Hospital; Fred Pelle, Holston Valley’s chief operating officer, and Jason Searcy, director of oncology services for the Wellmont Cancer Institute.