Tim Attebery named interim president of Holston Valley Medical Center

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Tim Attebery, a former administrative leadaer for the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, has been named interim president of Holston Valley Medical Center.

Attebery is replacing Virginia Frank, who is retiring after serving as the hospital's president the last three years, effective Dec. 1. A committee has been formed to search for a permanent replacement to oversee Wellmont Health System's largest hospital.

Since 2007, Attebery has served as administrative leader of the heart institute and the former Cardiovascular Associates practice and is currently Wellmont's vice president of cardiovascular services. "Tim brings a breadth of experience to the president's role at Holston Valley," said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO. "He is an accomplished healthcare executive and an effective leader. Plus, he already has strong relationships with the leadership team and staff at Holston Valley and is respected by the board of directors and physicians. This will give us a great opportunity to keep momentum strong as we manage through all the changes of healthcare reform."

During the interim period, oversight of the heart institute and Wellmont's cardiovascular program will be handled by the remaining administrative, management and clinical leadership. That includes Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute's president, and Dr. Herb Ladley, who will serve as vice president of cardiovascular services.

Attebery oversees strategic development and the operational and financial performance of Wellmont's innovative and frequently honored cardiovascular program, including its ambulatory, outpatient and hospital-based operations. His 27-year healthcare career has included a variety of physician practice and hospital leadership roles in administration and consulting in Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Charlie Floyd, chairman of the Holston Valley board, said Attebery is well qualified to lead the hospital. "Tim's experience with the day-to-day operations of the hospital, along with his knowledge and appreciation for this community, will enable him to do a great job helping the hospital navigate through the transformational changes the healthcare industry is experiencing right now," Floyd said. "We are very pleased to have found an internal candidate who is well prepared to lead clinically and work hand in hand with our city, county, chamber, and business community to strengthen one of our greatest community assets."

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