White begins her new position on June 1 and will succeed Monty McLaurin, who will retire at the end of the year. McLaurin will continue to serve in an advisory capacity on a number of projects for the remainder of the year; his retirement follows a long and successful career history that includes a 15-year tenure in Kingsport.
“It is an honor to be appointed to this role, and I am so excited to jump right in and begin collaborating with all the hospitals in the Northwest Market,” said White. “During my time as the leader of the Kingsport Market, I think we’ve made wonderful progress, and I look forward to working closely with our other great hospitals in the Northwest Market to support them as they seek to achieve their potential.
“Our hospitals in Hawkins, Hancock, Wise and Dickenson counties are fortunate to have strong and passionate leaders who have earned my respect and admiration. The culture in this region is so positive, and you can really see the pride in all these facilities. I am committed to assisting these leaders where needed to help strengthen health care in their communities and ensure they have the support they need to be successful.”
With more than 20 years of experience in the region, White returned to the area in January to serve Ballad Health’s Kingsport hospitals as CEO of Holston Valley Medical Center and Indian Path Community Hospital.
As president of the larger market, White will now be responsible for leading Holston Valley, Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, Hancock County Hospital, Indian Path, Lonesome Pine Hospital, Mountain View Regional Hospital, Norton Community Hospital and Dickenson Community Hospital, as well as the hospital Ballad Health is working with the Lee County Hospital Authority to reopen in Pennington Gap.
While she will be the new market leader, White’s primary responsibility will continue to be her role as CEO of Ballad Health’s hospitals in the Kingsport market, where Holston Valley serves as the tertiary hub for the surrounding counties and hospitals.
White is a native of Southwest Virginia and owns a farm in Gate City. She was born at Smyth County Community Hospital and began her career in health care there as a staff accountant in 1992. During her time there, she earned a string of promotions, eventually becoming the hospital’s CEO in 2005.
Before her return to Ballad Health, White served as the chief executive officer of Providence Northeast Hospital in Columbia, S.C., which is part of LifePoint Health.
White has a long history with Ballad Health, serving as the chief executive officer of Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge Hospital. While under her leadership, both facilities received national awards for clinical quality, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence. From 2014 to 2018, Franklin Woods was twice named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics and received the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. During that time, Woodridge Hospital received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for patient satisfaction three years in a row.
For more information about Ballad Health’s Northwest Market, go to www.balladhealth.org.