JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Lindy White, President of Ballad Health’s Northwest Region Operations and General Manager of Holston Valley Medical Center, has accepted the opportunity to play a national role with a leading healthcare company.
She will remain in her current role until Friday, July 1, according to a written statement.
White will join LifePoint Health after a long and successful career at Ballad Health. Nashville-based LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, health systems, doctors’ offices and post-acute care facilities in 29 states.
“I love Ballad Health and our team,” said White. “It has been a pleasure to work alongside these resilient team members during some of the toughest times known for healthcare, as we have pursued goals not only locally for our beautiful communities, but also for healthcare. healthcare in the Appalachian Highlands and rural healthcare nationwide. .
“I will cherish the wisdom I have gained over my 30 year career in healthcare and I will spend this next phase of my journey continuing to give back to the greater good,” she said.
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Ballad Health management will consult with Kingsport’s Community Advisory Board for input on the selection of a new Holston Valley CEO. In the interim, Rebecca Beck, Holston Valley’s current chief operating officer, will serve as the hospital’s CEO.
Ballad Health COO Eric Deaton will serve as interim president of the Northwest region.
White assumed her role in the North West region in 2019, having first been appointed CEO of Kingsport Market at the end of 2018. She began her healthcare career as a staff accountant at the hospital community of Smyth County, eventually becoming CEO of the hospital. She also served as CEO of Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge Hospital.
As part of her role in Ballad Health’s Northwest Region, White oversaw the successful reopening of Lee County Community Hospital in Pennington Gap, Va., and championed quality healthcare in the hospitals under its jurisdiction.
“Lindy served with compassion and integrity,” Deaton said. “His steadfast leadership has helped our entire health care system through the toughest time we have had in our careers. The trust she has built and earned throughout the Ballad Health system is an inspiration to all of us, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her. More importantly, we’re grateful to call her a friend.
The planned growth and expansion of Ballad Health’s services for the North West region, including the construction of a pediatric emergency room at Indian Path Community Hospital and the continued improvement of cardiac services at Holston Valley, will continue, according to the release.
Beck has worked for Holston Valley since 2018. Prior to his role there, Beck served as CEO of Hawkins County Memorial and Hancock County Hospital. While there, she was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 60 Rural Hospital CEOs You Should Know – the only person from Tennessee or Virginia to make the prestigious list.
Beck previously served as Director of Surgical Services at Bristol Regional Medical Center, a role she achieved after working as Associate Director of Surgical Services and Anesthesia at the hospital. Prior to working in surgery, Beck worked in risk management at Bristol Regional, where she oversaw the performance improvement department, performed root cause analyzes and managed insurance claims for onboard physicians.
“We’ve built a strong succession plan, and I’m very lucky to have worked with an incredible leadership team,” White said. “I am excited about the future success of Ballad Health and the important role the North West region will continue to play in meeting the needs of the entire region.”