Community Voices

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An update on the proposed merger is given to participants at a recent community health roundtable meeting. Photo: WCYB

We’ve been humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve received for our proposed merger and our vision to build a new approach to healthcare for our region. Over the past few months, many members of our community have expressed their support through our website, in letters to the editor and editorials in local papers, at community meetings, and more.

Many academic, business and community leaders, physicians, elected officials and others, such as East Tennessee State University, the local Chambers of Commerce, Eastman Chemical Company and the Tennessee Medical Association have also shared why they believe our proposed merger is the right, local solution to tackling our region’s healthcare needs both today and in the years to come.

You can read many of these supportive statements and opinion pieces from members of our community below. If you’d like to tell us why you support the proposed merger and our vision for the future, please fill out the blue box below.

Statements of Support

Editorials & Letters to the Editor

05Nov

A doctor’s thoughts on the proposed hospital merger

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Read an opinion piece by Dr. Dale Sargent, medical director of hospitalist programs for Wellmont Health System, in the Rogersville Review... Read More →
19Oct

Working together as a healthy community

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By Dr. Randy Wykoff • Oct 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM Since the announcement of the proposed merger between Mountain... Read More →
20Sep

Health merger promises a bright future for local nurses

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Editorial by Dr. Wendy M. Nehring, professor and dean of the East Tennessee State University College of Nursing Johnson City Press... Read More →
03Aug

Wellmont, MSHA merger would end duplication, bring new services to area

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This opinion piece by Fielding Rolston appeared in the Kingsport Times-News. Read the article »... Read More →
02Aug

Health care merger requires community effort

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By Dr. Chad Couch Bristol Herald Courier – Change is frequently hard. This is especially true when it comes to something as... Read More →
29Jul

Why an Academic Health Sciences Center

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This opinion piece by Dr. Wilsie Bishop appeared in the Johnson City News & Neighbor Read the article »... Read More →
09Jul

Proposed health care system needs community support

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By Joe Macione Bristol Herald Courier – Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance, the two hospital systems in our... Read More →
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