Unicoi County Memorial Hospital announces new community board members


Sue Jean Wilson, Richard Holder,
Roland Bailey, Lee Brown, Russel Brackins,
Candace Jennings, Dwight Bennett,
Teresa Campbell, Loren Thomas, Jimmy Erwin, Bill
Hensley, Todd Love, Randy Trivette, Gary
Chandler, Sarah Barron, Frank Wegman MD, Tracy Byers,
Glenn Tilson (Missing: David Sibley MD)

ERWIN, Tenn. – Unicoi County Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday the members of its newly formed community board. Hospital leadership has been working on assembling the new board since the facility officially joined Mountain States Health Alliance on Nov. 1.

“We invited all the existing Board of Control members, and we’re pleased that they all accepted,” said Tracy Byers, UCMH administrator. “We felt it was important to have them on the community board to provide continuity and also to honor the commitment that they have all made to the hospital and to the community.”

The rest of the community board is made up of representatives from all parts of the county and includes business leaders as well as local elected officials. Byers is also a part of the board, as is Candace Jennings, MSHA’s senior vice president of Tennessee operations.

“We made sure to include individuals who live in the northern and southern ends of the county as well as residents of Erwin,” said Byers. “This hospital is meant to serve the needs of the entire county, so we wanted to be sure the entire county was represented.”

The community board members are as follows:

  • Roland Bailey
  • Sarah Barron
  • Dwight Bennett
  • Russell Brackins
  • Lee Brown
  • Tracy Byers
  • Teresa Campbell
  • Gary Chandler
  • Jimmy Erwin
  • Bill Hensley
  • Richard Holder
  • Candace Jennings
  • Todd Love
  • David Sibley, MD
  • Loren Thomas
  • Glenn Tilson
  • Randy Trivette
  • Frank Wegman, MD
  • Sue Jean Wilson

 The newly formed community board will play a critical role in helping to develop the hospital’s strategic plan, particularly as it relates to the construction of the new facility. They will also be responsible for credentialing new physicians and providing general input to make sure the hospital is meeting the needs of the county at large.

“We are looking forward to the new year and all that is in store for the hospital,” said Byers. “I believe 2014 is going to be a year of much progress, and I’m excited to have these folks on board as we create a vision for our hospital’s future.”


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