• Your story. Our legacy.

  • MyStory
  • Wellmont Health System has a long and storied history - made from the stories and experiences of every patient. And it's our vision for that legacy to continue well into the future. 

    Your life, your story - it's the reason we're here.

    Although health care is changing, our commitment to you never will.

    We want to provide you the opportunity to share your Wellmont experience firsthand, with not only our caregivers, but also your friends and neighbors.

    Your Wellmont story is unique. Stories of strength, courage, optimism, happiness and sadness happen within our walls each and every day. Whether it involves life-saving care or simply the extra kindness and compassion shown by a hospital caregiver or volunteer, your story can provide comfort and hope to families who are facing similar life challenges or celebrations.

    All of your stories are very important to us, and it is our hope to use them in a way that inspires others. Once your story is submitted, someone may contact you for more information. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to read about people you may know, and help us celebrate our ongoing legacy as we share your stories.

    Meet our patients

    No two hospital experiences are alike. Get to know some of our patients a little better through their own Wellmont stories.

  • Morgan King

    Morgan KingMorgan King has been a staple of Tri-Cities media for many years, but his story started back in 1952 – when he was born at Holston Valley Medical Center. Now co-host of Daytime Tricities, an entertainment/talk show on WJHL, Morgan shares his Wellmont story.

    Betsy Codispoti

    Betsy CodispotiBetsy Codispoti's Wellmont story started unexpectedly at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Now she's using her experience to educate other women about caring for their heart health.

    James Lawson

    James Lawson James Lawson was just doing his job on April 9, 2013 – the day his life changed forever. After a lengthy hospital stay at Holston Valley and rehabilitation, he’s on the mend – but forever affected by his experience.

    Leona Smith

    Leona SmithWhen Leona Smith came to the Comprehensive Weight Management Center at Holston Valley Medical Center, she was prepared for a battle against obesity. But she didn’t realize she’d have to face another health issue first.

    Wayne Seal, heart patient

    Wayne SealWayne Seal didn’t feel well on the morning of July 8, 2013, but he never imagined his uneasy feeling would turn out to be a heart attack. Luckily, Hancock County Hospital was close. Thanks to their quick intervention, he was able to receive quick, lifesaving cardiovascular care.

    Debra Hill, weight loss patient

    Debra HillDebra Hill’s physician told her she would be dead in five years if she didn’t lose weight. Now, six years later, Debra’s health has completely turned around.

    Donald Burklow, heart patient

    Donald BurklowAfter a heart attack in 2002, Donald Burklow had fully healed and was an active grandfather and shooting enthusiast. However, his heart problems continued, and in 2007, he underwent a triple bypass. Luckily, Hancock County Hospital was close. Thanks to their quick intervention, he was able to receive quick, lifesaving cardiovascular care.

    Roger Collins
    Roger Collins

    Roger Collins doesn't know why his heart suddenly stopped. He was in cardiac arrest for more than 20 minutes. However, thanks to a cutting-edge hypothermia procedure at Holston Valley, Roger's heart is beating strong once again.

    Beth and Jean Jinks

    Beth and Jean JinksWhen Jean Jinks was diagnosed with breast cancer, her daughter, Beth, was prepared to stay by her side. However, Beth didn’t know that she, too, would need breast cancer treatment – the same year.

    Ian Willis

    Ian Willis

    At 15 years old, Ian Willis was excited to ride in a recently-licensed friend’s car. But in March, 2013, a quick, fun errand turned tragic.

    Donna Ferguson, cancer patient
    Donna Ferguson

    After Donna Ferguson beat breast cancer in 2006, she never dreamed that less than seven years later, she’d have to fight cancer once again.

    Gena Owens

    Gena OwensSince her father was gravely injured in a four-wheeler accident, Gena has been a committed blood donor who also encourages her family and friends to give – she tells them they never know whose life they may save.

  • Share your story

    Whether you were born here, healed here or both, we want to hear from you. Let us know how we impacted your life – if a compassionate smile healed your spirit, or if a world-class team of physicians saved your life. 

    If you share your story, you may be contacted by a Wellmont representative for more details.

  • Mitzi Clark

    After fighting cancer, Mitzi and her dog, Tootsie, decided to become volunteers with the pet therapy program.