KINGSPORT — Wellmont Health System announced Thursday that Tim Attebery, who has been at Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, has been named interim president of Holston Valley Medical Center.
Attebery replaces Virginia Frank, who is retiring effective Dec. 1 after serving as the hospital’s president the past three years. A committee has been formed to search for a permanent replacement to oversee Wellmont’s largest hospital.
Since 2007, Attebery has served as administrative leader of the heart institute and the former Cardiovascular Associates practice. He is currently Wellmont’s vice president of Cardiovascular Services.
“Tim brings a breadth of experience to the president’s role at Holston Valley,” Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont’s president and CEO, said of Attebery in a prepared release. “He is an accomplished health care 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 health care reform.”
During the interim period, oversight of the heart institute and Wellmont’s cardiovascular program will be handled by remaining administrative, management and clinical leadership. That group includes Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute’s president, and Dr. Herb Ladley, who will serve as vice president of Cardiovascular Services, according to Wellmont.
Attebery’s 27-year health care career has included a variety of physician practice and hospital leadership roles in administration and consulting in Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“We have the best physicians and nurses in the region working at Holston Valley,” Attebery said. “The quality and scope of health care services available at this hospital are on par with most academic medical centers in the United States. This is borne out in the hospital’s recognition and ranking as a top hospital both in Tennessee and nationally.”
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 health care industry is experiencing right now,” Floyd said.