• Emily Fox Ellis, NICU patient

  • Emily Fox Ellis, NICU patient

    "I was so blessed to receive wonderful care from the very beginning. I only hope I can pass that blessing on."


    – Emily Fox Ellis

  • Emily Fox Ellis in the NICU

    With two teenage daughters at home, Ruth Fox’s pregnancy with daughter Emily was a happy surprise, even though it posed a high risk for mother and daughter.

    On Christmas Eve, 1987, Ruth went into labor – a month early. Her family delayed their Christmas celebrations as they anxiously awaited news of Ruth and Emily’s condition.

    Tiny but thriving, Emily spent her first days at Holston Valley’s NICU before coming home. Now a married mother of two, Emily holds a nursing degree from East Tennessee State University.


  • If the NICU has touched your life, or the life of someone you know, please consider enrolling in the Next Generation Campaign's Little Footprints Club and help babies in need for years to come.

    Wellmont Health System is the regional affiliate for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Learn more about children's services in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, or support local kids through the Wellmont Foundation.