Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wilhoit honored with Citizenship Award
The 11th annual Citizenship Award presented by the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service was presented to Ellen Wilhoit, President/CAO of LeConte Medical Center, on May 22, 2012.
| Wilhoit pictured with her family at the awards banquet.
“I don’t know what to say,” Wilhoit responded after receiving the Citizenship Award, “I am very honored. I see so many people today who have made such big contributions to our community.”
Wilhoit’s dedication to our community is evident through her leadership positions in Sevier county. She currently serves on the board of several community agencies, including but not limited to: Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee State University Foundation Board, Walters State Community College Foundation Board, Dr. Robert F Thomas Foundation Board, Sevier County Children’s Shelter, East Tennessee State University Nursing Advisory Council, Sevier County Partnership, and the Sevier County Board of Health
Previously she has served on the Leadership Tomorrow Advisory Board, the United Way Professional Division Chair, First United Methodist Church, Staff-Parish Committee and Youth Sunday School teacher, Walters State Community College Nursing Advisory Council, Sevierville Public Building Authority, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes, and the Sevier County Health Improvement Council
Wilhoit has dedicated her life to healthcare, helping make healthcare available to those who need it most. Her ambition and dedication helped bring Thompson Cancer Survival Center services to Sevier County, as well as LeConte Medical Center that opened in 2010.
Sevier County is lucky to have such an advocate in Ms. Wilhoit, who has been recognized for her leadership in healthcare with multiple awards, including: · American College of Healthcare Executives Service Award (2011)
· Top 25 Hospital Operators, TN Business Journal (2009)
· American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award (2009)
· Top 35 Hospital Leaders in Tennessee, TN Business Journal (2007)
· Award of Honor, East Tennessee State University Alumni Association (2006)
As a hospital and nursing home administrator Ms.Wilhoit strives to keep quality patient care as her central focus. She is actively involved in all quality and patient care committees at the medical center. She is also very proud of the relationships LeConte has with the local schools of nursing, allied health programs, and the ETSU Community Medicine/Sevier County Partnership which she was integral in getting started.
Wilhoit has maintained her nursing license and certification and delights in the opportunity to assist patients when she makes rounds in the hospital and nursing home. She is a true servant leader, and strives to be a positive role model and mentor for nurses and other staff. Sevier County is truly blessed to have such a community advocate in Ellen Wilhoit, and she is a deserving recipient of this honor.