Jane Crawford receives Tom Chase Award for community service


Jane Crawford

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

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.

Crawford, co-owner of Kingsport’s Able Printers, has long served on the Mountain States Foundation’s Sullivan County/Indian Path Medical Center Board. 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.

Monty McLaurin, CEO at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, introduced Crawford by saying that “she exemplifies the four criteria of the award.”

Crawford was not present to receive it, though, as she had a prior commitment to help her ailing brother attend a military reunion in Missouri. She addressed the audience with a video segment, saying, “I’m proud of my brother serving his country all his life. So I’ve chosen to go with him so he can have a reunion with some of his military buddies. That’s why I’m not here with you to say thank you.”

She summed up her motivation to serve by saying, “I feel everyone has a purpose. My purpose is as a servant leader, and I love being a servant leader.”

Crawford served for 13 years, on and off, on the Sullivan County/Indian Path Medical Center Board.  She has served as secretary, vice chairman and chairman, has represented the board at numerous community events and has been active in health care advocacy on both the state and national levels.

Crawford is an active member of the Kingsport Rotary Club. She is a member of the Scott County Camp of the Gideons International, distributing Bibles to hotels, hospitals and other public places. Jane and her husband, Larry, own Able Printers.

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.

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.

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 Mountain States Foundation raised more than $3.7 million for the year, including $1.8 for radiation oncology services. The 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:

To learn more about the Mountain States Foundation and the causes it benefits, visit www.mshafoundation.org.


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