KINGSPORT — Wellmont Health System’s assets need to remain under local governance, a panel of regional power players told a supportive standing-room-only crowd at a Kingsport Higher Education Center forum on Monday night.
BancTenn Corp. Chairman Bill Greene Jr., healthcare consultant Jerry Miller, Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips and East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland talked about the implications of Wellmont’s plan announced earlier this year to seek a business partner.
“It’s not likely we come out of this meeting today with a lot of finite answers. …These are complex issues,” said forum host Ken Maness, a retired radio executive and former Kingsport alderman.
In closing, Greene encouraged the crowd to get more involved in Wellmont’s decision, which is expected sometime before the end of the year.
“The only offensive weapon we have is you the public,” Greene concluded.
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