Tim Attebery To Discuss Holston Valley, Healthcare Reform During Presentation At Kingsport Chamber

Wellmont Health System will continue its conversation with the community on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with another informative presentation at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Attebery, Holston Valley Medical Center's president, will provide an overview of the hospital, which has served Kingsport's health needs for 78 years. He will also discuss healthcare reform and its effect on Holston Valley.

This presentation will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. It is the second installment in the Wellmont Community Conversation series that is held three times a year.

"It will be a pleasure to speak with business leaders about our sensational hospital, which has set a standard for high-quality care recognized across the country," Attebery said. "We are grateful people who live and work in the Kingsport area have entrusted their care to us when they need it. That support motivates us to constantly focus on ways we can enhance our care so our patients have an even greater healing experience."

A 27-year veteran of health care, Attebery was recently selected as president after serving in an interim capacity. He previously served as Wellmont's vice president of cardiovascular services.

During his tenure, the health system and the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute repeatedly received national recognition for their cardiovascular care. Holston Valley also achieved significant recognition for its broad-based care, including U.S. News & World Report naming the hospital in 2013 as one of the top three hospitals in Tennessee and as a high performer in 11 services.

Attebery's discussion follows a presentation in November by Alice Pope, Wellmont's chief financial officer, who shared with businesses the impact of the Affordable Care Act, including reductions in Medicare reimbursements, the 2 percent cut from the federal sequester and no expansion of TennCare or Medicaid in Virginia.

"As we face these challenges, Wellmont and Holston Valley have examined ways to make appropriate adjustments to our care model that retain the quality for which we have long been known but create additional efficiencies," Attebery said. "We view these unprecedented times as an opportunity to further strengthen our leadership in health care and develop even more innovative ways to meet our patients' needs."

The Chamber event is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. To secure a seat, please contact Lee Fish, Wellmont's community relations coordinator, at 423-782-0611 or lee.fish@wellmont.org.