Attebery’s transition will take place over the next six weeks. Monty McLaurin will serve as interim CEO of Holston Valley while an executive search is conducted.
Attebery has been the CEO at Holston Valley since 2013, during which time he created initiatives that improved patient safety and experience scores, brought more orthopedic services to the region and expanded Holston Valley’s cardiovascular service to include the addition of two new catheterization labs, according to Ballad Health.
In his new role, Attebery will be responsible for the overall executive leadership of the ACC, which provides educational and scientific resources to cardiovascular providers and the organizations those providers work within to serve patients.
The mission of the ACC and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The organization leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and operates national registries to measure and improve care. Also, it offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as the American College of Cardiology’s next chief executive officer,” said Attebery. “More than 10 years ago, I remember a cardiologist telling me that I would make a great CEO for the American College of Cardiology, and I responded, ‘That’s never going to happen!’ I couldn’t be happier to have been wrong.
“I will greatly miss Holston Valley and Kingsport. I’ve had the good fortune to work with great people — including an extremely talented and dedicated leadership team — and I am very blessed to have lived in Kingsport since moving here in 2007. I believe strongly in the vision of the merger that created Ballad Health. With the enormous challenges faced by hospitals and health systems nationally, Ballad Health has the right plan, and I could not be more supportive of its leadership and the vision set forth for its success. I will stand ready to support Ballad Health in any way I can, and I encourage all our team members, volunteers and physicians to work with the health system to achieve its goals for the region we all love so much.”
Before being named Holston Valley’s CEO, Attebery served as Wellmont Health System’s vice president of cardiovascular services and the administrative leader of Wellmont’s heart care service line. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Attebery is also in the final stages of completing his doctorate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.