Kathryn W. Wilhoit

Kathryn W. Wilhoit '69
1997 Outstanding Alumna

In 1965 Kathryn Wallin established a personal precedent which she would follow for the rest of her life. She distinguished herself as a "Top Ten" graduating senior at Greeneville High School and, today, Kathryn Wallin Wilhoit remains at the "top of her class." The path of her success includes involvement in leadership roles at ETSU, service with local and regional charitable organizations, a significant voice in state health care issues, and recognition by national health care and nursing associations. Kathryn achieved success long before she was named vice president for Johnson City Medical Center in 1989, where she is currently responsible for leading over 800 employees in nine divisions: the Center for Advanced Surgery, the Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine, the Emergency Department and Wings Air Rescue Program, Social Work, Medical/Surgical Patient Care Services, Progressive/Critical Care Patient Care, Anesthesia Services, Renal/Pancreatic Transplant Services, and the Franklin Transitional Care Unit, a skilled nursing facility where she serves as the licensed administrator. After receiving her bachelor of science in nursing degree from ETSU in 1969, Kathryn first worked as a staff nurse in Greeneville, Tennessee, at Laughlin Memorial Hospital. She was then head nurse for two years at Leigh Memorial Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, before moving to Johnson City in 1971. From 1971 until 1988, Wilhoit established herself as a leader in nursing and health care administration by serving in such roles as director of Nursing Education, assistant director of Nursing, and Director of Nursing Services at Johnson City Medical Center. She attained her M.S.N. degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1981. Kathryn is certified in Nursing Administration by the American Nurses' Association and is a Nurse Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business as well as distinguished as a Diplomate of the American College of Health Executives. Kathryn is the 1996 recipient of the District V Tennessee Nurses Association Alma L. Gault Leadership Award given to recognize leadership and promotion of excellence in patient care.

Kathryn's efforts have been recognized both regionally and state-wide not only in the field of nursing but in other philanthropic endeavors and leadership capacities. In 1990 and again in 1994, she was appointed to the State of Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities by Governor Ned McWherter. Other task forces and councils on which she has been active include the Tennessee State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Task Force to develop the Licensing Guidelines for alcohol and other drug abuse treatment facilities, the 21st Century Health Care Task Force for the Tennessee Department of Education, the Peer Assistance Task Force for Tennessee Board of Nursing, and the Tennessee Hospital Association, Council on Nursing where she served as Vice Chair.

As if Kathryn's list of activities would leave much time for additional service, she continues to be relentless in her pursuit to give back to the community. She has served, and continues to serve, on numerous boards of directors including the American Cancer Society, the National Kidney Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Emergency Medical Services for Johnson City/Washington County, Mountain Empire Arthritis Association, The Laser Center, and Tennessee Leadership of which she was a 1993 graduate. She has held leadership roles with United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the Holston Conference and the Cherokee United Methodist Church.

Ms. Wilhoit has dedicated countless hours to improving educational opportunities at ETSU as well. She has served as an adjunct faculty member of ETSU since 1990, and participated in over 25 presentations ranging from "The Nurse as the Patient's" Advocate to "Conflict Management" and "Debunking the Superwoman Myth." Among other undertakings with the university, Kathryn served as the 1994-95 President of the Alumni Association of ETSU as well as a member of the ETSU Foundation board of directors. She was also president of the ETSU School of Nursing Alumni from 1987-1988, and later recognized as an ETSU College of Nursing Distinguished Alumna in 1990. Wilhoit chairs the current visiting committee for the School of Nursing. Kathryn Wilhoit's chronicle of accomplishments is a superior example of ETSU PRIDE.

Kathryn is married to Dean Wilhoit, Jr., an ETSU bachelor of science graduate in the class of 1973. Together, they have two children, Stacie, a senior at ETSU majoring in criminal justice, and John, a junior at University High.