KINGSPORT— A deceased local physician’s legacy of healing with high-quality compassionate care is now memorialized at Holston Valley Medical Center.
The hospital recently rechristened its second-floor rehabilitation gym in memory of Dr. Daniel Klinar, a member of Holston Valley’s medical staff who practiced with Associated Orthopaedics of Kingsport. It is now called the Daniel F. Klinar, M.D., Memorial Gym to recognize the work of the orthopedic surgeon, who died in June.
Dr. Klinar's patients used the gym to further their recovery.
“Holston Valley’s orthopedic program benefited tremendously from Dr. Klinar, and his care left an indelible mark on our patients,” said Virginia Frank, the hospital’s president. “We wanted to recognize that connection by creating a lasting testament to the improvement he brought to patients’ quality of life and the contributions he made to his profession.”
The new name was unveiled after a hospitalwide memorial service, which featured remarks from Frank; Charlie Floyd, chairman of Holston Valley's board of directors; Troy Clark, chief operations officer; and Drs. Galen Smith and Bruce Miller, who are medical doctors and were Dr. Klinar's colleagues at Associated Orthopaedics. Following the ceremony, Dr. Klinar's family led a procession to the gym.
The memorial features a wood rendering of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' bent tree insignia. Holston Valley commissioned the piece from local artist Michael Ripper, who adjusted the tree to include 23 leaves, signifying Dr. Klinar's years as a Holston Valley physician. Inside the gym, a canvas portrait of Dr. Klinar hangs along with plaques commemorating him and his years of service.
“Dr. Klinar was a special spirit – one we will never forget,” Frank said. “This memorial stands as a tribute to his dedication and legacy of healing, and we will always be grateful we were fortunate to have him as part of our medical staff.”
The memorial gym features a wood rendering of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' bent tree insignia, which includes 23 leaves, signifying Dr. Daniel Klinar's years as a Holston Valley physician. It also contains a plaque with the new gym name.