Holston Valley, Wellmont CVA Heart Institute Donating AED To Carter Family Fold

The Carter Family Fold is widely known for its preservation and performance of old-time country and bluegrass music and beloved for its foot-stomping, family-friendly atmosphere.

And now, the well-regarded facility will gain attention for the way it pays attention to the health and well-being of its guests, with help from Holston Valley Medical Center and the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.

Holston Valley and the heart institute donated an automatic external defibrillator to the fold Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. This AED will be on standby, ready for use should someone experience life-threatening heart arrhythmias. It's also a perfect illustration of the heart institute's Level One Heart Attack Network, which provides lifesaving tools in the community to assist with the response to medical emergencies.

Rita Forrester, daughter of fold founder Janette Carter, said the AED has been needed for a long time. She credits Herb Ladley, MD, an interventional cardiologist with the heart institute, and Joe Smiddy, MD, a pulmonologist with Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep, with alerting the fold that individuals have experienced heart trouble while they have attended events at the facility.

"In the event of someone experiencing heart failure, time is of the essence because we are in a remote location," she said. "So we greatly appreciate Holston Valley and the heart institute for recognizing this need and providing this lifesaving piece of equipment."

Tim Attebery, Holston Valley's president, said the hospital and the heart institute are proud to help this popular entertainment venue in a tangible way.

"This donation is another way Holston Valley and the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute are showing our commitment to the region's heart health," he said. "This AED will help Carter Fold guests relax and enjoy the entertainment even more, knowing help is available at the facility. Our Level One Heart Attack Network is geared to provide the communities we serve with the security of knowing we are focused on their well-being."

Holston Valley is among the nation's top hospitals for cardiovascular care, repeatedly earning state and national recognition for the superior work by its co-workers and the heart institute. Along with Bristol Regional Medical Center, the hospital recently earned the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines gold achievement award for heart failure care.

The AED was presented during a performance by Mark Handy, MD, of Abingdon and The Tune Town Old Time Band.