Developing values that included faith, education and dedication to others became the mantra of Marta Wayt when she was in high school in West Virginia. Marta was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as president her senior year. She helped to lead FCA activities throughout college as she began to think about how she could further her life’s mission with a career devoted to the people of her community. Her recent recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow from the Kingsport Rotary Club affirms that Dr. Wayt is serving others while impacting a plethora of lives in Kingsport.
Curt Rose, president of Kingsport Rotary said, “The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is truly a special honor reserved for service-minded individuals who represent and live out the ideals of Rotary and Service Above Self; Dr Wayt certainly exemplifies those characteristics.”
Dr. Wayt and her husband Tom, an Ohio native, had vacationed in Gatlinburg and loved the area. “I had grown up in Appalachia so I knew the need for doctors and medical services,” she explained. “I felt led to move to this area after medical school to provide care and compassion for our community.”
One of Dr. Wayt’s favorite quotes that seems to sum up her life’s work so far comes from Florence Nightingale: “If I could give you information of my life it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard, that is all; and I have never refused God anything.”
For the past seven years, Dr. Wayt has been involved as the volunteer medical director with Providence Medical Clinic and has an overwhelming passion for this work. Providence is a free faith-based medical clinic serving uninsured persons in Sullivan County and the greater Kingsport area. It was begun by First Baptist Church Kingsport, as a way to reach out and offer help to the community. In addition to her full-time medical practice, Dr. Wayt finds time to oversee the growth, development and operations of Providence which touches the lives of many residents of Kingsport.
“Providence Medical Clinic offers spiritual support alongside physical care,” Dr. Wayt added. “Romans 12:13 instructs us to ‘share with the Lord’s people who are in need’ and we strive to provide quality care free of charge to those who need our help.”
Dr. Judy Fischer, who nominated Dr. Wayt for this prestigious fellowship, said, “Dr. Wayt regularly meets with our Board of Directors, recruits volunteer physicians, and attends patients in the clinic on a regular basis herself.”
Providence Clinic, located on Clay Street, contributes more than $2 million in services to the Kingsport area each year, and offers a complete array of services that are provided by professionals who embrace Dr. Wayt’s mission of participating in something bigger than themselves.
1 Peter 4:10 is embodied by Dr. Wayt, Kingsport Rotary’s newest Paul Harris Fellow. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” And with her charming smile, determined attitude and positive personality, Dr. Marta Wayt is changing lives every day with medical care and compassion that helps those who need her special touch.
Providence Medical Clinic is hosting an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22. The public is cordially invited for tours, refreshments and more information.