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Trauma surgeon starts new fund to save lives

October 12th, 2013 5:06 pm by Hank Hayes

Trauma surgeon starts new fund to save lives

Dr. George Testerman (right) has created a fund designed to help prevent traumatic injuries and for research initiatives. Photo by David Grace.

KINGSPORT — Holston Valley Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gift from one of its own.

Trauma surgeon George Testerman has created a fund within the Wellmont Foundation to be used for injury prevention and research initiatives.

The fund’s amount was not disclosed.

“I’ve spent my career caring for patients who have suffered life-threatening injuries from a variety of tragic accidents and other unfortunate incidents,” Testerman said in a Wellmont Health System release. “I’ll do anything I can to spare a family the fear anxiety and grief of major trauma, and that’s what is so powerful about this endowment. ... If this fund saves only one life, it’s worth it. But it’s my fervent hope and belief that many more lives in our region will be positively impacted.” 

 Wellmont has designated the George M. Testerman, M.D. Injury Prevention Fund to help buy safety equipment for high school sports teams, safety classes for senior citizens and training for teenage drivers.

Read more in the Sunday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition. 

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