Five Medical Providers in Norton Bring Diverse Skills as New Members of Wellmont Medical Associates

Aug. 5, 2016Wellmont Medical Associates’ delivery of superior care has attracted a multidisciplinary team of well-respected health care providers to join the physician-led and professionally managed organization.

Three physicians and two physician assistants who previously practiced as Appalachian Healthcare Associates recently became members of Wellmont Medical Associates. Now known as WMA Appalachian Healthcare, the practice continues to serve patients at 338 Coeburn Ave. Southwest, and the exceptional care for which it has been known will remain a hallmark.

The physicians are Tommy Potter, M.D., a pediatrician and allergist; Wes Campbell, D.O., a pediatrician and internal medicine physician; and David Sheppard, D.O., an internal medicine physician. The physician assistants are Stacey Gipe, who practices family medicine and women’s health, and Nick Sluss, who practices family medicine and pediatrics.

“These providers have been valuable members of the medical community in Norton, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our organization,” said David Brash, president and CEO of Wellmont Medical Associates. “It’s particularly helpful to Wellmont Health System because their expertise in multiple fields will enhance our continuum of care. Their reputation for delivering high-quality care is a perfect fit with our other physicians and medical professionals, who have positively impacted the lives of Southwest Virginians.”

As established practitioners in Wise County, Drs. Potter, Campbell and Sheppard, as well as Gipe and Sluss, will fit seamlessly into Wellmont Medical Associates. The group has worked collaboratively and developed collegial professional relationships with the medical staff and other clinical professionals at Mountain View Regional Medical Center and Lonesome Pine Hospital as well as those who provide outpatient care.

“I have known these professionals for years and have always been impressed with their commitment to deliver compassionate care that improves the lives of their patients,” said Maurice Nida, D.O., chairman of the Wellmont Medical Associates board of directors, who operates a primary care practice in Norton. “We look forward to integrating their innovative approach to health care and sharing best practices with them to enhance the patient care experience.”

With the practice now part of Wellmont Medical Associates, its patients can sign up for MyWellmont, a free portal that enables them to examine a portion of their electronic medical record, look at test results, review medications, request refills, check upcoming appointments and send messages to their physicians.

The practice will also adopt Wellmont’s electronic health record, which enables the physicians and physician assistants to review the history of a patient’s care with Wellmont. That will give them the opportunity for a more complete understanding of a patient’s health and help them make the best decisions about his or her care.

Dr. Potter said he and his colleagues in the group are pleased they were able to align with a health system that matched their goals and aspirations.

“Wellmont is an outstanding organization that is prepared to assist patients when they are sick but places great emphasis on working with them to ensure they stay healthy,” Dr. Potter said. “We share that enthusiasm and are excited to build on the professional associations we have enjoyed with Wellmont now as integrated members of one of the elite health systems in the nation. With the many resources Wellmont offers, our transition has gone smoothly and provided us with even more options should our patients need additional care.”

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