June 24, 2013
Board of Directors
Wellmont Health System
1905 American Way
Kingsport, TN 37660
To Whom It May Concern:
The Town Council members of Pennington Gap and I, as well as everyone in the entire area, were saddened to learn of Wellmont Health System’s recent decision to eliminate a portion of its services and the accompanying positions reductions at Lee Regional Medical Center here in Pennington Gap. This action by Wellmont, while it may in fact be a reasonable and well-thought out business decision, will have a very negative impact on our community and to a large number of their loyal employees, their families, and all of Pennington Gap, Lee County and the surrounding area.
This downsizing and elimination of numerous medical services at our hospital is going to potentially have a negative impact on everyone that has used the hospital here in Pennington Gap, or would sometime in the future need to use this facility, and is going to cause a lot of valuable skilled employees to seek employment elsewhere and possibly result in their leaving this area altogether.
It’s hard to make up for all of these losses and for the community to function as it has done in the past, but the Town of Pennington Gap will work with Wellmont Health System and the community to endeavor to make this potential loss to the community as painless as is possible to all concerned.
As you can imagine, we are very concerned that any business closing or cutting back in the community will have an impact on the community, not only due to the continued loss of jobs, but vitally important jobs, such as these in the medical and life saving areas. We are concerned about the tremendous void that is going to be created by this decision and we are concerned about the well being of our citizens as a result.
The Town Council wants to thank each member of the Wellmont Health System and all related medical services teams for all of their hard work, dedication and commitment that you have shown for all of the people that you have treated, counseled and provided care for in the past. To that end, we extend thanks and praise to all who have worked so hard to help our community in the past and we want you to know that these efforts will not soon be forgotten.
By Motion of the Town Council.
D. R. Carter