• Your Story. Our Legacy.

  • My Story patient stories from Wellmont Health System - the reason we're here
  • Your life, your story – it’s the reason we’re here.

    The hospitals of Wellmont Health System have long and storied histories, made from the stories of every patient.

    Stories of strength, courage, optimism, happiness and sadness happen within our walls each and every day. Whether it involves life-saving care or simply the extra kindness and compassion shown by a hospital caregiver or volunteer, your story can provide comfort and hope to families who are facing similar life challenges or celebrations.

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    Patient stories

  • Christopher Hanor Is Breaking Barriers Through Fitness
    Christopher Hanor Half Ironman Run Finish

    Christopher’s fitness journey began with Healthy Kingsport’s Walk Across Tennessee program. Then he decided to reach for a goal that would really stretch him – Ironman.

    Annie Mullins’ Lasting Bond with Her “Angel from God”
    Wellmont Nurse Robin Chittum

    Annie Mullins' inspiring story of compassion between a nurse and patient – and a bond that has spanned 12 years (and counting).

    Gatton Center Advanced Cardiac Rehab in Action
    Matt Derosia Pritikin Heart Rehab Patient

    After experiencing a heart attack, Matt Derosia started the Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab program when the Bill Gatton Center opened – and with great results.

    A champion's recovery
    Troy Brown - a champion's recovery - surgery patient story

    In June 2014, Troy Brown hadn’t been feeling well. Little did he know, an ulcer had perforated, causing him to need surgery and a long hospital stay at Holston Valley Medical Center.

    Cancer through the eyes of photographer Tim Cox
    Cancer patient Donna Lobdell's grateful heart

    Tim Cox had photographed Wellmont Cancer Institute physicians, team members and patients for years. But nothing could have prepared him for the news he received last summer, or for the journey he faced.

    Where the miracles are
    Higgs Feagins thumbnail

    Amanda Bowman had already gone through one high-risk pregnancy when, in March, she had an emergency C-section to deliver daughter Emily – 10 weeks early. Hardly bigger than a No. 2 pencil, Emily was in for the fight of her life.

    Denise Langley's new heroes
    Surgery patient Denise Langley

    Denise Langley thought she had a stomach virus. But after more than a week, she knew something was seriously wrong and sought care at Holston Valley. There, she met a health care team who became her heroes.

    Knox Robbins – still perfect
    Knox Robbins, NICU patient

    When Knox Robbins was born at 28 weeks gestation, his mother knew they were in for a challenge. But little did she know what a special journey was ahead – or about the angels she was about to meet.

    Zenda Galyon's Holston Valley legacy
    Zenda Galyon

    In 1956, Zenda Galyon’s mother made the relatively unusual decision to give birth in a hospital, instead of at home. That turned out to be a fortunate choice. She received lifesaving surgery, and Zenda grew up knowing her mother.

    Back on her feet after knee replacement
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    When Sally Watts came in for a knee replacement, she didn’t know what to expect. But during her stay, she met extraordinary, compassionate caregivers who went above and beyond to get her back on her feet.

    A family's journey
    Higgs Feagins thumbnail

    When Laura Feagins' intense labor and C-section meant a NICU stay for son Higgs, as well as an ICU stay for her, she and her family were grateful for Holston Valley Medical Center’s care and compassion.

    Small feisty fighter
    Lucy Pate, NICU patient

    Even before she was born, Lucy had a special NICU connection – her mother is a nurse there. But in spite of the many hours she'd worked in the NICU, Marti never imagined how much 12 days there with her new daughter would change her.

    Unusual warning signs – great outcome
    Dustin Cullop, surgery patient

    Dustin Cullop didn’t have the typical warning signs of appendicitis. But once the family arrived at Bristol Regional, he was diagnosed quickly, and he – and his mother – received top-notch attention and care.

    The Potter twins – angels in the NICU
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    After 16 years trying to get pregnant, the Potters were thrilled to find out they were expecting twins. But their journey wasn't without complications, which led them to Holston Valley's NICU… and introduced them to their angels.

    A day Ted Cross will never forget
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    When Ted Cross started experiencing back pain, he tried to find a non-surgical solution. But when nothing else worked, he knew where to turn – to Holston Valley Medical Center.

    Whitney Ratliff – a smile and the ambition to keep going
    Whitney Ratliff, trauma patient

    Whitney Ratliff had never broken a bone, had surgery or been in a hospital. But all that changed a few months ago, when a major car accident landed her in Bristol Regional Medical Center’s trauma unit.

    Darrell Epperson believes in the mission
    Darrell Epperson

    Darrell Epperson was leaving work when he started experiencing shortness of breath and chest pain. Though testing showed he wasn’t having a heart attack, he needed cardiac care – and fast.

    Mark Stayton sees God's power and glory at work
    Chaplain Mark Stayton

    For more than 30 years, Mark Stayton has served as a volunteer chaplain with Holston Valley Medical Center. As he looks back, he’s grateful for a journey that brought him closer to God and to his parishioners.

    Skylar Quillen – a miracle recovery
    Skylar Quillen

    After a devastating ATV accident, Skylar Quillen’s parents were unsure she’d ever recover. But with time, perseverance and great care from Holston Valley Medical Center’s trauma team, she’s recovering and living a full, healthy life.

    Beth Hagan and a life-saving team
    Beth Hagan

    Beth Hagan lives away from home, awaiting a heart transplant. But without the quick thinking and thorough preparation of Lonesome Pine Hospital’s emergency department, she might not have ever had the chance.

    Raquel McLamb's rare diagnosis
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    Raquel McLamb never dreamed how serious her abdominal pain could be – and especially never thought at 36 years old she’d be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

    The Ferrell triplets – three times blessed
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    Babies Wendell, Haley and Nathan Farrell were born at just 31 weeks’ gestation. They needed special care – care they found at Holston Valley Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit. Read their story.

    Cancer fighter and survivor Crystal Davenport
    Crystal Davenport

    Crystal Davenport never expected to get cancer. She was young, with a 14-month-old baby at home. Crystal needed help – and she found it close to home with the Wellmont Cancer Institute in Johnson City.

    Jessica Hatfield shares the gift of song
    Jessica Hatfield

    Jessica Hatfield always loved to sing. But when a mystery ailment robbed her of her voice, she needed help. Read Jessica's story.

    Carmen Frazier's high-risk pregnancy
    Carmen and Molly Frazier

    After a high-risk pregnancy and difficult delivery, Carmen Frazier spent the first weeks of Molly’s life at Holston Valley Medical Center. Read her story.

    Dustin Mabe
    Dustin Mabe Ironman Thumbs Up small portrait

    Over the last five years, Dustin Mabe has transformed from a couch potato to an Ironman. After leaving the U.S. Army - and becoming increasingly inactive - Dustin decided to take up running, and he completed Kingsport's famous Crazy 8s race. But he didn't stop there - he completed the 145-mile Ironman Chattanooga in the fall.

    Reed Dykes
    Reed Dykes, Marsh patient

    Reed Dykes never realized how important blood and platelet donations are – until he was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, as he fights the disease, he relies on regular blood transfusions from Marsh Regional Blood Center for the strength to keep fighting.

    Lee Plemmons
    Lee Plemmons, Cancer Patient

    When Lee Plemmons was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, doctors gave him 6 months to live. However, following treatment with the Wellmont Cancer Institute in Johnson City, Lee’s cancer went into remission.

    Courtney Good

    At a mere 1 lb., 8 oz., Courtney spent more than four months in Holston Valley’s NICU. Today, the Good family still brings food and treats to families at Holston Valley, bringing something positive from their experience.

    Gena Owens
    Gena Owens

    Since her father was gravely injured in a four-wheeler accident, Gena has been a committed blood donor who also encourages her family and friends to give – she tells them they never know whose life they may save.

    Donna Ferguson, cancer patient
    Donna Ferguson

    After Donna Ferguson beat breast cancer in 2006, she never dreamed that less than seven years later, she’d have to fight cancer once again.

    Ian Willis
    Ian Willis

    At 15 years old, Ian Willis was excited to ride in a recently-licensed friend’s car. But in March, 2013, a quick, fun errand turned tragic.

    Beth and Jean Jinks
    Beth and Jean Jinks

    When Jean Jinks was diagnosed with breast cancer, her daughter, Beth, was prepared to stay by her side. However, Beth didn’t know that she, too, would need breast cancer treatment – the same year.

    Roger Collins
    Roger Collins

    Roger Collins doesn't know why his heart suddenly stopped. He was in cardiac arrest for more than 20 minutes. However, thanks to a cutting-edge hypothermia procedure at Holston Valley, Roger's heart is beating strong once again.

    Donald Burklow, heart patient
    Donald Burklow

    After a heart attack in 2002, Donald Burklow had fully healed and was an active grandfather and shooting enthusiast. However, his heart problems continued, and in 2007, he underwent a triple bypass.

    Debra Hill, weight-loss patient
    Debra Hill

    Debra Hill’s physician told her she would be dead in five years if she didn’t lose weight. Now, six years later, Debra’s health has completely turned around.

    Wayne Seal, heart patient
    Wayne Seal

    Wayne Seal didn’t feel well on the morning of July 8, 2013, but he never imagined his uneasy feeling would turn out to be a heart attack. Luckily, Hancock County Hospital was close. Thanks to their quick intervention, he was able to receive quick, lifesaving cardiovascular care.

    Leona Smith, weight-loss patient
    Leona Smith

    When Leona Smith came to the Comprehensive Weight Management Center at Holston Valley Medical Center, she was prepared for a battle against obesity. But she didn’t realize she’d have to face another health issue first.

    James Lawson
    James Lawson

    James Lawson was just doing his job on April 9, 2013 – the day his life changed forever. After a lengthy hospital stay at Holston Valley and rehabilitation, he’s on the mend – but forever affected by his experience.

    Betsy Codispoti
    Betsy Codispoti

    Betsy Codispoti's Wellmont story started unexpectedly at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Now she's using her experience to educate other women about caring for their heart health.

    Morgan King
    Morgan King

    Morgan King has been a staple of Tri-Cities media for many years, but his story started back in 1952 – when he was born at Holston Valley Medical Center. Now co-host of Daytime Tricities, an entertainment/talk show on WJHL, Morgan shares his Wellmont story.

  • Share your story

    Did a compassionate smile lift your spirits? Or did a world-class team of physicians save your life? Whether you were born here, healed here or both, we want to hear your story.

    If you do share your experience, you may be contacted by a Wellmont representative for more details.

  • His story. Through his eyes.

    Tim Cox was familiar with the Wellmont Cancer Institute, but nothing could have prepared him for the news he received last summer, or for the journey he faced.