Gary Peacock receives Tom Chase Award for community support


MARION, Va. – Gary Peacock of Marion and Jane Crawford of Kingsport, Tenn., and were each presented the Tom Chase Award at the Mountain States Foundation’s annual meeting recently at The Millennium Centre in Johnson City, Tenn.

The award is given each year to individuals who provide strong and selfless support to the community and exhibit four key characteristics: integrity, informal leadership, working behind the scenes to get things done, and a willingness to go the extra mile.

Peacock, a retired businessman, has served for many years on the Smyth County Community Hospital’s Foundation and on the hospital’s board of directors.

Smyth County Community Hospital (SCCH) CEO Lindy White introduced Peacock, telling the audience how Peacock’s leadership helped the hospital reach the decision to join Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA).

“A lot of hours went into that and making sure it was successful,” she said. “Gary takes a daily interest in our hospital and is always available whenever he’s needed.

“He has tirelessly committed to many community events. It’s been an honor to work with Gary. He will leave a legacy.”

Peacock is a member of the MSHA board of directors, is vice chairman of the Smyth County Community Hospital Health Trust Board and is leading SCCH’s fundraising campaign for oncology services.

He also designed and crafted the Giving Tree, which honors donors for the Smyth County Health Trust who give at least $500. A talented craftsman, Peacock creates a leaf for the tree with the donor’s name etched on it.

He has also served on numerous other community boards.

Crawford, co-owner of Kingsport’s Able Printers, has long served on the Mountain States Foundation’s Sullivan County/Indian Path Medical Center Board. Monty McLaurin, CEO at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, introduced Crawford by saying that “she exemplifies the four criteria of the award.”

The annual meeting also allowed Mountain States Foundation leaders to talk about what the foundation has accomplished over the last year. Foundation president Pat Holtsclaw said the organization raised more than $3.7 million for the year, including $1.8 for radiation oncology services. The annual Spirit Gala and Raffle, the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic and the Dragon Boat Festival combined to bring in about $660,000.

Among the services the Foundation supported over the last year:

  • Cardiovascular services from the HeartCoach and the Mega Heart
  • Circle of Hope, providing financial assistance to hundreds of cancer patients during their treatment
  • Helping Hands, which assists patients with transportation, food and other needs
  • MSHA Hospice, providing assistance in end-of-life situations
  • Mountain States Lifeline, a 24-hour emergency help system
  • Parish Nursing, a faith-based nursing program

To learn more about the Mountain States Foundation and the causes it benefits, visit

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