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White named to lead Ballad Health's Kingsport operations

Staff report • Nov 29, 2018 at 5:22 PM

KINGSPORT — Ballad Health announced on Thursday that Lindy White is returning to the healthcare provider as the president of its Kingsport operations and chief executive officer of Holston Valley Medical Center and Indian Path Community Hospital.

White, who has a farm in Gate City, begins her new duties Monday, Jan. 14. In her most recent role, she served as CEO of Providence Northeast Hospital in Columbia, S.C., a part of Lifepoint Health.

“I’m so excited to come home and serve alongside so many talented healthcare professionals who provide such incredible care to the people of Kingsport and Southwest Virginia,” White said. “Holston Valley Medical Center and Indian Path Community Hospital are two excellent institutions with incredible earned reputations that have great opportunities to collaborate in the future. Kingsport is a wonderful community, and I look forward to being an active part of it.”

White was selected after a search process resulted in several candidates. They were interviewed by the community board of Holston Valley and Indian Path, as well as medical staff leadership.

“We are honored to have been included in the process of selecting our next leader,” said Dr. Marta Wayt, chief of the medical staff of Holston Valley Medical Center. “We were impressed with Lindy’s professional approach, her interest in partnering with physicians and her commitment to the best patient experience. We look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Sheryl Stanski, chief of the medical staff of Indian Path, agreed: “Lindy has exceptional experience and will be an inspiring leader for these hospitals at an important time. We will work with her to ensure we are all successful in continuing to deliver excellent healthcare.”

White has served in several capacities in healthcare, working with a variety of hospitals and hospital systems, including HCA, Carillion, Smyth County Community Hospital and Franklin Woods Community Hospital. 

White will replace Monty McLaurin, who has served as chief executive officer of Indian Path for 15 years and as interim chief executive officer of Holston Valley. McLaurin will continue as president of the northwest division of Ballad Health, and White will report to him.

A native of Southwest Virginia, White was born at Smyth County Community Hospital, and she began working there as a staff accountant in 1992. She earned a string of promotions, eventually becoming the hospital’s chief executive officer in 2005. Under White’s direction, the hospital constructed its new, state-of-the-art facility in 2012, and it also achieved outstanding quality scores related to patient experience in the emergency department and inpatient units, as well as low readmission rates. At a time when rural hospitals were struggling, and closing, she stewarded the hospital through those challenging obstacles.

“Columbia is a beautiful place with amazing people, and I really enjoyed my time there,” White said. “However, I was called to come home. This is where I belong.”

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