A cardiologist with the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, the clinical leader of Bristol Regional Medical Center’s birthing unit and television station WCYB have been honored by the Tennessee Hospital Association for their roles in improving the health of people in the region.
At its recent annual meeting in Nashville, the state organization issued a meritorious service award to Dr. Harry Turner for his lifetime commitment to improving heart care. Danita Mowl received an executive nurse of distinction award for her dedication and compassion. WCYB earned a community service award for its assistance with Go Red for Women, a national program to promote women’s heart health, of which Wellmont Health System is a regional sponsor.
Turner founded Cardiovascular Associates, which is now part of the heart institute. He still practices today at the heart institute, which has 40 physicians. He also volunteers for organizations such as Friends in Need Health Care in Kingsport and Crossroads Medical Mission, a free clinic and medical mission that serves Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Turner is U.S. chairman of Friends of Estonia Methodist Mission Group.
In addition to overseeing the New Life Birthing Center and the pediatrics department at Bristol Regional, Mowl annually organizes the Women’s and Children’s Expo that provides educational items, free exams and classes about a variety of women’s health issues. She was instrumental in developing Project Lip Gloss, a program to imprint a phone number disguised on the tube that abused women can call for help. She also assisted in the development of the SleepSacks to swaddle newborns and decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
In 2009, Wellmont had teamed with the American Heart Association to bring Go Red for Women to the Tri-Cities area when WCYB stepped in as media sponsor. The program’s goal is to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and WCYB has helped drive home that point with monthly features about women’s heart health. All on-air personnel also wore red that day.