Wellmont Selects Presidents For Holston Valley, Bristol Regional And Community Hospital Division

Three stellar executives with vast experience in health care have been selected to serve as the presidents of Wellmont Health System’s two largest hospitals and the community hospital division.

Tim Attebery was serving as interim president for Holston Valley Medical Center, and Greg Neal was serving in the same position for Bristol Regional Medical Center. Fred Pelle was interim president for the community hospital division, which consists of Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Lonesome Pine Hospital, Hawkins County Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Hospital.

Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont’s president and CEO, said the three have performed superbly and that she and the Wellmont board of directors are pleased to remove their interim status.

“We are fortunate to have such outstanding leaders, who will build on our organization’s regional strength and implement our vision to deliver the best health care anywhere,” DeNarvaez said. “Tim, Greg and Fred have impeccable credentials and have played key roles in establishing their hospitals as the go-to medical facilities for high-quality care. Their vision and wisdom will ensure the future of our hospitals remains bright.”

Attebery was Wellmont’s vice president of cardiovascular services when he was appointed to Holston Valley. From 2007-2013, he was administrative leader of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and the former Cardiovascular Associates practice.

During this tenure, Wellmont collected numerous state and national honors for its cardiovascular program. That included a No. 1 national ranking in 2011 by CareChex, a division of Comparion, for the carotid artery stenting program at Holston Valley.

Attebery has a 27-year healthcare career with a variety of physician practice and hospital leadership roles. Now, he takes the helm of Holston Valley, which U.S. News & World Report named in 2013 as one of the top three hospitals in Tennessee and high performing in 11 services, including cardiology and cancer.

“I am deeply honored to be entrusted with the presidency of Kingsport’s flagship hospital,” Attebery said. “As I have become ingrained in the operations of Holston Valley, I have been constantly impressed with the breadth and quality of care our patients receive. It will be exciting to work with all of our co-workers and the medical staff to continue providing the best care possible for our patients.”

Neal brings more than 20 years of experience with Wellmont to the helm of Bristol Regional and previously served as the hospital’s chief operating officer. He was the president of the community hospital division when he became interim president of Bristol Regional. Earlier in his Wellmont career, he held executive-level positions at Holston Valley, the Wellmont corporate office and Hawkins County Memorial.

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Neal is a recipient of the Tennessee chapter’s Regent’s Award for Young Executive of the Year.

CareChex has selected Bristol Regional among the 10 top percent in the nation for medical excellence in coronary bypass surgery in 2014, and the Primary Stroke Center received the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in 2013. Also, in 2013, Bristol Regional was the only hospital in Tennessee and Virginia to earn the Gold award in the Mission: Lifeline, which is administered by the American Heart Association.

The hospital has made technological advancements with multiple new pieces of equipment and enhanced its healing environment with the opening of the Leonard Family Comprehensive Breast Center and renovation of the Deborah H. Quillen Birthing Center.

“Bristol Regional is a remarkable hospital with physicians, nurses and other caregivers and co-workers dedicated to improving patients’ lives,” Neal said. “We are also a major contributor to the community’s economic vitality as Bristol’s largest employer. We are proud to be a good corporate citizen and deliver superior health care with compassion and look forward to continuing our partnership with the communities we serve.”

Pelle, a 30-year healthcare veteran, was serving as chief operating officer of Mountain View Regional, Lonesome Pine, Hawkins County Memorial and Hancock County when he was selected as interim president. During an earlier tenure with Wellmont, he was president of Hawkins County Memorial and Hancock County.

Wellmont’s rural hospitals set a quality standard for patients who rely on their community hospitals to restore them to health. Mountain View Regional, Lonesome Pine and Hawkins County have made substantial investments in their facilities to bolster care.

CareChex recognized Lonesome Pine in 2012 for being among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for medical excellence in general surgery and orthopedic care. The same entity picked Hawkins County Memorial in 2012 and 2013 among the top 10 percent in the country for patient satisfaction in overall hospital care, medical care and surgical care.

Hancock County was recognized as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the country in 2012 by the National Rural Health Association.

“It is a privilege for all our caregivers to assist our patients in these rural hospitals with a robust collection of services and excellent facilities,” Pelle said. “The resolve of co-workers in these hospitals to meet the needs of patients never wavers. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the community and our caregivers to produce outstanding results for our patients and build a sustainable model of care.”