KINGSPORT – Few projects, perhaps, are so aptly named. The Heritage Wall at Holston Valley Medical Center is as its name implies – a wall filled with the artifacts, the mementos and the memories that together comprise more than seven decades of heritage at the region’s most storied hospital.
Now, Phase II of the Heritage Wall has opened, preserving and presenting Holston Valley both as it was and as it is now. Phase II includes a large display case filled with historical pieces and an interactive kiosk with a video history of the hospital.
The Heritage Wall is a gift from the Holston Valley Auxiliary to the hospital. Phase I of the project opened last year.
“The Heritage Wall preserves the history of Holston Valley Medical Center both before and after the hospital became part of Wellmont Health System,” said Janet Brown, chairman of the Holston Valley Board of Directors and chairman of the Heritage Wall Committee. “Supporters of the Heritage Wall have been searching through attics, garages and scrapbooks for mementos to include in the display.”
Phase II paints an intimate portrait of the hospital over the years, displaying photos, early medical instruments and even a brick removed from the original hospital. Layettes crafted for needy newborns by the Auxiliary’s Sewing Committee are on display, as are yellowed photos of the first and last graduating classes of the Kingsport School of Practical Nursing.
Nashville-based 1220 Exhibits Inc. developed the Heritage Wall.
“I commend our Auxiliary volunteers who have worked so diligently to preserve the history of Holston Valley,” HVMC President Louis Bremer said. “Our hospital and our community owe a debt of gratitude to the Auxiliary for this important work.”