LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Penny Etter (top photo) took on the role of Chief Operations Officer at Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET) in May of this year. Previously she had served as the corporate compliance director for CHET.

Etter has been with the organization for 26 years and said she was very excited for this new role at the clinic. 

Community Health of East Tennessee Chief Executive Officer Teresa Dabney said she had worked with Etter for years and felt she was a “good fit for the position.”

“Penny and I have worked together in various programs for over twenty years at CHET. Based on her previous position as  Corporate Compliance Director,  I felt it would be a good fit for Penny as she is well respected by all the staff and has vast knowledge of the health center and  Community Health overall,” Dabney said.

 Dr. John Burrell said he felt Etter was an “Excellent choice.” 

“Penny is well qualified and has a good working relationship with all staff,” Burrell said.
Etter said she looks forward to continuing to serve Campbell County.

“I’m surrounded by a wonderful staff and feel that, as a team, we can grow our clinic and continue to provide great healthcare for our community,” Etter said. 

Community Health of East Tennessee offers Primary Care, Physicals, FAA Physicals, Laboratory, X-ray, Medication Assistance, Behavioral Health, and Endocrinology, among other services.  It is also home to the only Black Lung clinic in the state of Tennessee. The clinic offers a sliding fee scale for uninsured individuals and accepts all insurance plans.

Individuals may contact CHET at 423-562-1705. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/10/2021-6AM)