• Your story. Our legacy.


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  • 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.

    Read our stories

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

  • Whitney Ratliff – a smile and the ambition to keep going
    Whitney Ratliff, trauma patient

    Whitney Ratliff had never broken a bone, had surgery or been in a hospital. But all that changed a few months ago, when a major car accident landed her in Bristol Regional Medical Center’s trauma unit.

    Donna Lobdell's grateful heart
    Cancer patient Donna Lobdell's grateful heart

    Donna Lobdell’s journey with Stage III breast cancer began more than a year ago. In that time, she’s had chemotherapy, radiation and surgery – and a recovery.

    Darrell Epperson believes in the mission
    Darrell Epperson

    Darrell Epperson was leaving work when he started experiencing shortness of breath and chest pain. Though testing showed he wasn’t having a heart attack, he needed cardiac care – and fast.

    Mark Stayton sees God's power and glory at work
    Chaplain Mark Stayton

    For more than 30 years, Mark Stayton has served as a volunteer chaplain with Holston Valley Medical Center. As he looks back, he’s grateful for a journey that brought him closer to God and to his parishioners.

    Skylar Quillen – a miracle recovery
    Skylar Quillen

    After a devastating ATV accident, Skylar Quillen’s parents were unsure she’d ever recover. But with time, perseverance and great care from Holston Valley Medical Center’s trauma team, she’s recovering and living a full, healthy life.

    Beth Hagan and a life-saving team
    Beth Hagan

    Beth Hagan lives away from home, awaiting a heart transplant. But without the quick thinking and thorough preparation of Lonesome Pine Hospital’s emergency department, she might not have ever had the chance.

    Raquel McLamb's rare diagnosis
    Raquel McLamb thumbnail

    Raquel McLamb never dreamed how serious her abdominal pain could be – and especially never thought at 36 years old she’d be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

    The Ferrell triplets – three times blessed
    Ferrell Triplets thumbnail

    Babies Wendell, Haley and Nathan Farrell were born at just 31 weeks’ gestation. They needed special care – care they found at Holston Valley Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit. Read their story.

    Cancer fighter and survivor Crystal Davenport
    Crystal Davenport

    Crystal Davenport never expected to get cancer. She was young, with a 14-month-old baby at home. Crystal needed help – and she found it close to home with the Wellmont Cancer Institute in Johnson City.

    Jessica Hatfield shares the gift of song
    Jessica Hatfield

    Jessica Hatfield always loved to sing. But when a mystery ailment robbed her of her voice, she needed help. Read Jessica's story.

    Carmen Frazier's high-risk pregnancy
    Carmen and Molly Frazier

    After a high-risk pregnancy and difficult delivery, Carmen Frazier spent the first weeks of Molly’s life at Holston Valley Medical Center. Read her story.

    Dustin Mabe
    Dustin Mabe Ironman Thumbs Up small portrait

    Over the last five years, Dustin Mabe has transformed from a couch potato to an Ironman. After leaving the U.S. Army - and becoming increasingly inactive - Dustin decided to take up running, and he completed Kingsport's famous Crazy 8s race. But he didn't stop there - he completed the 145-mile Ironman Chattanooga in the fall.

    Reed Dykes
    Reed Dykes, Marsh patient

    Reed Dykes never realized how important blood and platelet donations are – until he was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, as he fights the disease, he relies on regular blood transfusions from Marsh Regional Blood Center for the strength to keep fighting.

    Lee Plemmons
    Lee Plemmons, Cancer Patient

    When Lee Plemmons was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, doctors gave him 6 months to live. However, following treatment with the Wellmont Cancer Institute in Johnson City, Lee’s cancer went into remission.

    Courtney Good
    Courtney

    At a mere 1 lb., 8 oz., Courtney spent more than four months in Holston Valley’s NICU. Today, the Good family still brings food and treats to families at Holston Valley, bringing something positive from their experience.

    Gena Owens
    Gena Owens

    Since 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.

    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.

    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.

    Beth and Jean Jinks
    Beth and Jean Jinks

    When 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.

    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.

    Donald Burklow, heart patient
    Donald Burklow

    After 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.

    Debra Hill, weight loss patient
    Debra Hill

    Debra 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.

    Wayne Seal, heart patient
    Wayne Seal

    Wayne 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.

    Leona Smith
    Leona Smith

    When 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.

    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.

    Betsy Codispoti
    Betsy Codispoti

    Betsy 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.

    Morgan King
    Morgan King

    Morgan 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.

  • 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.

  • Whitney Ratliff, trauma patient

    Whitney Ratliff had never broken a bone or even been in a hospital. But all that changed when a car accident landed her in the trauma unit.