Grainger Foundation DonationThe Grainger Foundation Supports Wellmont Foundation

The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to Wellmont Foundation in support of its cancer patient assistance fund.

"This grant will be used to help diagnosed cancer patients with financial support for unplanned emergency needs, such as gas, medications and care, which can affect a cancer patient's ability to heal. They can receive assistance for expenses which are not covered by insurance or other resources," said Todd Norris, Wellmont Health System's senior vice president of system advancement. "We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity."

Jim Wozniak, Wellmont's media relations coordinator, said some patients have to choose between buying medications, paying utility bills or having enough gas to drive to their next appointment. But through this fund, patients can concentrate on healing.

This donation was recommended by Randy Sexton, branch manager of W.W. Grainger Inc.'s Johnson City location. Grainger has been a part of the Tri Cities business community for more than 60 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products.

"We are proud to recommend the programs offered by Wellmont Foundation" Sexton said.  "We understand the need for superior health care with compassion."

Anyone interested in supporting the cancer patient assistance fund can call Wellmont Foundation at 423-230-8550 or visit and clicking the link for giving. The fund supports patients at all Wellmont Cancer Institute facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger Inc.

Wellmont is a leading provider of healthcare services for Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, delivering top-quality, comprehensive healthcare and wellness services across the region. Wellmont facilities include Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.; Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.; Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Va.; Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, Va.; Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.; Hawkins County Memorial Hospital in Rogersville, Tenn.; and Hancock County Hospital in Sneedville, Tenn. Wellmont is an operating partner with Adventist Health System at Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, Tenn.

For further information about Grainger contact Kristen Lawrence, communications manager, at

For further information about Wellmont Foundation contact Jim Wozniak, media relations coordinator, at