Four Young Professionals with Ties to Wellmont Named to Business Journal’s 2017 Class of 40 Under Forty

Oct. 11, 2017 | JOHNSON CITY, TENN.

Four young professionals who are already influencing the quality of care at Wellmont Health System and supporting the community have earned special recognition.

The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia recently selected its 40 Under Forty recipients for 2017. They were chosen not only for accomplishments in their fields but also contributions to the community.

The winners honored Friday, Oct. 6, at a gala at the Millennium Centre who have ties to Wellmont are:

  • Nicholas Denton, pharmacy applications team leader in Wellmont’s Knowledge and Technology Services department
  • Cody Murdock, Wellmont’s director of operational excellence

“We are fortunate to have many professionals early in their careers who expertly demonstrate their skill sets and have a positive impact on our care delivery,” said Bart Hove, Wellmont’s president and CEO. “These four dynamic individuals reinforce our commitment to excellence in patient care and our connections to the community. We are proud of their achievements and grateful for the ways they advance quality with their special talents.”

Here are summaries of the honorees.

  • Denton, a pharmacist, is a highly respected subject matter expert recognized by his department, leaders, physicians and staff members of the Wellmont Cancer Institute. He directed the information technology portion of Wellmont’s initiative to be selected for the Oncology Care Model, a federal program that focuses on higher quality and improving outcomes while decreasing costs. His work has been shared with other users across the country of the Epic electronic health record. Off the clock, he participates in organized fundraising events to support the needs of the cancer institute’s patients.
  • Dr. Helms, who practices with Highlands Neurosurgery, serves as chairman of the Physician Clinical Council, medical director of the neuroscience service line and chief of surgery at Bristol Regional and is a member of the hospital’s medical executive committee and credentials committee. In addition, he performs a full scope of neurosurgical cases in the surgery department, making a favorable difference in patients’ lives. Outside the office, he has served at family camp weekends for Young Life in Bristol and has participated in a ministry among the community’s most vulnerable children and their families for State Street United Methodist Church.
  • Murdock is credited with being an effective communicator who easily builds relationships with leaders and staff members. He leads the day-to-day activities of operational excellence, a systemwide approach to create a problem-solving culture, seek opportunities to eliminate waste and create more efficient and effective ways to deliver care. He began the operational excellence department, hiring the initial staff members, and has worked closely with Wellmont’s Process Improvement Council. Murdock is a member of the Kingsport Rotary Club and serves on the fundraising committee for Contact-Concern. He and his team have also worked on a service project in their free time and are planning to engage in additional activities.
  • Dr. Overholt has repeatedly demonstrated compassion for her patients, including many instances in which she meets with them after normal hours and at their residences. She also champions education, enabling her patients to make informed decisions about their health. Dr. Overholt served Takoma Regional Hospital as chairwoman of the medical staff and the clinical quality performance committee, and she is now chairwoman of the ethics committee. In addition, she founded Empower Cocke County, a charitable organization designed to bring together multiple churches and improve the well-being of the community and the region.