For more than 50 years, Wellmont Hawkins County Memorial Hospital has been honored to serve our friends and neighbors. We are grateful for the trust you have placed in our care and look forward to continuing to stand by your side when you need our services.

As your community hospital, we are prepared to assist you with a broad range of care. We are here 24/7 in the emergency department to take care of serious health matters that require immediate attention. Our physicians and staff are also ready to provide superior care for patients who need surgery and inpatient care. We also have multiple state-of-the-art outpatient services, such as CT scanning, nuclear medicine and digital mammography, to diagnose any conditions that might necessitate further medical care. In addition, the hospital also operates an excellent inpatient and outpatient physical therapy program.

We have an outstanding medical team that is committed not only to restoring the community to health but helping people avoid sickness in the first place. But there is also another group of individuals who work behind-the-scenes to support our hospital and ensure our success. This is our board of directors.

Our board members are volunteers who demonstrate their love of Hawkins County and the betterment of the community’s health with their willingness to serve. They have provided valuable guidance to me and the leadership of Wellmont Health System that has positioned our hospital to deliver high-quality care to the community.

Health care is a complex industry that not only involves treatment of potentially life-threatening medical conditions but also requires compliance with a host of state and federal regulations and adherence to guidelines from organizations such as The Joint Commission. Because of the intricacies associated with running our not-for-profit hospital, we need astute business leaders and dedicated community servants as board members.

During my tenure as president of Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, I have been extremely impressed with the way our board members have accepted their responsibilities and helped me make wise decisions. Their life experiences and work history have prepared them well to serve the community and our hospital.

I am confident their wisdom and advice, in conjunction with the hard work of our physicians and staff, have resulted in Hawkins County being among the top 10 percent in the country in patient satisfaction for overall hospital care, overall medical care and overall surgical care for four straight years in rankings by CareChex, a division of Comparion Medical Analytics.

Many of you know our board members, but for those of you who do not, I would like to name them and share a little bit about the leadership they bring to our hospital.

Ravan Krickbaum serves as our chairwoman and is also a member of the Wellmont board of directors. She is a volunteer chaplain for us and helped establish our chapel. She spent 34 years in teaching and school administration in Rogersville and Hawkins County, including the last 15 years as superintendent of the city school system.

Melville Bailey is Hawkins County mayor and represents the community on many boards and committees in that role. He devoted much of his life to the education of our youth, with 35 years of experience in the county school system. He was principal of Mooresburg Elementary School and Clinch School.

Tony Birchfield is a founding partner of Tabco Powder Coating and has been with the company since 1993. He has also owned and operated EZ Car Wash since 1989. A member of our board for three years, he also serves on the Hawkins County Industrial Board and the Surgoinsville Medical Board.

James Bowden, M.D. is chief of our medical staff and one of our emergency department physicians, and he previously served as chief medical officer at Holston Valley Medical Center. Board-certified, he has also served as a family physician in his career and is a fellow of the American Board of Family Physicians.

Phillip “Larry” Boyd has served on the board for nearly 40 years and has been chairman, vice chairman and trustee. A lawyer in partnership with his son, Daniel, he was a member and chairman of the Tennessee Commission of Children and Youth and is a trustee of Rogersville Presbyterian Church.

Nancy Davis serves as our county clerk and is a member of the Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. She was previously executive director for Chip Hale Center and director of the Hawkins County Juvenile Court and has extensive experience collaborating with various organizations on children’s matters.

Crockett Lee served as our county mayor for eight years and was a Rogersville alderman for 13 years. He also worked at Baldor Electric Co. for 26 years and was in the glass industry for eight years. He has been a member of our board for 10 years and is a member of the Rogersville Lions Club.

Claude Parrott, a lifelong Hawkins County resident, is retired from Holston Defense and is a lifelong farmer. He served as a county commissioner in Hawkins County for many years and has served on our board as well as the Wellmont board.

Frank Testerman has served on our board for 12 years and is familiar with the running of a hospital, having been Hawkins County Memorial’s administrator for 16 years. He retired from the Rogersville Housing Authority and now serves as a member of its board. He is also chairman of the Rogersville Park Board.

Tom Young was general manager of Hawkins County Gas Utility for 30 years and now sits on its board of commissioners. He has served on many industry and community boards of directors. He is a retired Army infantryman captain, with 23 years of service on active duty and in the reserves.

On behalf of our physicians and co-workers and the community, I welcome this opportunity to thank our board members for their outstanding work. Their community spirit is inspiring, and their contributions to our efforts to provide the best experience possible for our patients and their families have made a positive difference in the care we deliver.

We greatly appreciate their service.