Aimee Hurd Joins Wellmont Medical Associates as Nurse Practitioner in Johnson City
Aimee Hurd has joined Wellmont Medical Associates as a nurse practitioner in the Johnson City family medicine office.
Hurd comes to the practice after more than five years as a registered nurse working in the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute's HeartSUCCESS® clinic, which provides a comprehensive program to manage heart failure. In this position, she served as a health educator for new patients and interacted with other sections of the heart institute as well as noncardiac care providers to ensure patients received holistic care.
Earlier in her career, Hurd was an emergency department nurse.
In December, Hurd received a master's degree in nursing, with an emphasis in adult and gerontology primary care, from the University of Tennessee. Part of her clinical training was working as a nurse practitioner student in 2013 at Wellmont Urgent Care in Johnson City. Now, she has joined the family medicine practice at 316 W. Marketplace Blvd., Suite 20.
Hurd said her love, respect and compassion for others led her to pursue her advanced degree and become a nurse practitioner.
"I love being a nurse, and as a nurse practitioner, I have more autonomy to assist patients with their healthcare needs." Hurd said. "To be allowed entrance into the most intimate and vulnerable times of others is a gift I treasure. Each day, I am given the opportunity to make a positive difference in a person's life. What a blessing that is."
Hurd said it is helpful she grew up in the region because she has a perspective on the hardships and barriers here that can impact a person's ability to attain optimal health. She urged patients to make their health a priority by keeping follow-up appointments with their medical providers and participating in appropriate health screenings.
"Working with end-stage organ failure patients for a number of years, I saw firsthand the debilitating ramifications of chronic conditions that are untreated," Hurd said. "Living is more than merely having the ability to breathe. A life worth living comprises the experiences of joy, happiness, belonging, harmony with one's environment and the belief and faith of a transcending power."
Wellmont Health System's spotlight on chronic conditions in the community, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, was attractive to Hurd when she was deciding where to serve as a nurse practitioner.
"Wellmont's vision is to deliver the best health care anywhere," Hurd said. "This is evident by the health system's expansion of primary care and specialty practices in many outlying areas, which reduces commuting time. Wellmont supports innovation by adopting new treatment methods, procedures and equipment for our area, which enables patients to receive life-altering therapies close to home."
Dr. Stephen Combs, chief executive medical officer for Wellmont Medical Associates, said he is pleased Hurd has joined this physician-led and professionally managed organization.
"Aimee is an enthusiastic practitioner with a deep commitment to the well-being of her patients," said Dr. Combs, a medical doctor and a pediatrician with Wellmont Medical Associates in Gray. "Her interest in helping our patients achieve wellness and her abundant skills will complement the many other Wellmont caregivers in Washington County. We look forward to seeing her impact on the community's health."
Hurd, who began practicing in Johnson City on Monday, April 28, is accepting new patients. Appointments are available by calling 423-433-6370, and more information is available by visiting www.wellmontphysicians.org. Established Wellmont patients can interact with Hurd and her office through www.MyWellmont.org.