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Salluzzo, Walton, Miller named hospital leaders 'who make things tick'
Two Wellmont Health System senior executives and a member of the health system’s board of directors have been named to BusinessTN magazine’s list of “35 Hospital Leaders Who Make Things Tick.”

Featured on the list of 35 leaders are Dr. Richard Salluzzo, Wellmont’s president and chief executive officer, Carlyle Walton, president of Takoma Regional Hospital, and Dr. Jerry Miller, a member of the Wellmont board of directors. BusinessTN compiled the listing, which is included in the September issue, as part of its 2007 healthcare report.

The magazine also includes a cover story detailing Wellmont’s process-driven approach to making its 13 member hospitals the safest in the nation. Wellmont founded the Safest Hospital Alliance this year with two other leading national health systems, Novant Health and Adventist Health System.

Dr. Salluzzo, a double-board-certified emergency physician, has served as Wellmont’s president and CEO since 2004. BusinessTN noted he is “arguably America’s premier advocate for patient safety in hospitals and efforts to reduce medical error.” He has been recognized as one of the nation’s 50 most powerful physician executives and one of the 100 most powerful people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Walton has been president of Takoma Regional since 1998. He played an instrumental role in the hospital’s alignment with the Wellmont system in 2006, and he has been the driving force behind several advancements at the facility, including significant growth in cardiology services and increased availability of physician specialists for Takoma’s patients.

Dr. Miller, a member of the Wellmont board since 2006, is the founder and chief executive officer of Holston Medical Group, the largest multi-specialty group practice of physicians practicing in the Tri-Cities region. Dr. Miller has been recognized nationally for HMG’s efforts and advances in the realms of disease management, clinical research and wellness initiatives.

BusinessTN has a circulation of more than 30,000 readers. The magazine chose the top 35 hospital leaders through a combination of peer review, independent hospital rating studies and feedback from physicians and other knowledgeable sources across the state. The magazine is online at