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Laughlin Foundation Welcomes Hammer, Keasling, Nickle

Originally published: 2012-12-13 11:33:01
Last modified: 2012-12-13 11:34:53

Laughlin Health Care Foundation is welcoming three new members to its Board of Trustees, Martha Seaton Hammer, Dale A. Keasling, and Dr. Carla Nickle.

Betty Weemes, executive director of Laughlin Health Care Foundation, stated in a news release that the addition of these three native Greene Countians brings additional strength to the organization.

"We are so pleased that they have committed their time and talent to our board's mission," she said.

Laughlin Health Care Foundation is a philanthropic and fund development, not-for-profit organization serving Laughlin Memorial Hospital and its affiliates.

The Foundation released the following background information on the new members.


Martha Hammer has been away from Greeneville for several years, and moved back in the past year. However, during this time away, she continued to be "supportive of" and "interested in" the mission of Laughlin Health Care Foundation.

When her mother, Kate Seaton, passed away, she named the Foundation the recipient of memorial gifts and those funds helped create a chapel at Laughlin Healthcare Center. Both Hammer and her mother worked at Laughlin Clinic, and Hammer has volunteered with Laughlin, also.

"My interest in Laughlin goes back to 1965 when as a student at Greeneville High I worked in the newborn nursery with my mother on weekends, holidays, and during the summers," Hammer said. "This was during the time babies were delivered by Drs. Hal Henard, Nathan Horner and many more practitioners revered by many in this community."

Hammer went on to say, "I also worked under the direction of RNs Mary Holliday, Janie Farmer, Nettie Winslow, and so many wonderful professionals during that time.

"Moving back to Greeneville in the 1980s, I was again able to work part time in the nursery and in 1997 became involved with the Foundation after my mother lived her final three years at Laughlin Healthcare Center. I was truly blessed with the care she received during those years."

Hammer added, "The management group of Laughlin Memorial Hospital that I worked with over the years helped form my lifelong dedication to Laughlin."


Dale A. Keasling is chairman, president and CEO of Home Federal Bank of Tennessee in Knoxville.

He is a CPA and a graduate of East Tennessee State University, summa cum laude.

Keasling has been active in the Knoxville community, having served on the boards of United Way, Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee, the Salvation Army, Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts, Leadership Knoxville, East Tennessee Economic Development Agency, and several other leadership roles.

He and his wife, Barbara, are members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.

The Keaslings maintain a residence in Greeneville.


Dr. Carla Nickle has returned to Greeneville from Fairbanks, Alaska, where she and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Nickle, served in the U.S. Army at Fort Wainwright.

She is in a medical practice with her husband as Tusculum Family Medicine and their office is in Laughlin's Medical Office Building, Number 3.

A graduate of Chuckey-Doak High School, Nickle earned dual undergraduate degrees in communicative disorders and special education from East Tennessee State University.

She then earned a masters degree in speech/language pathology at Radford University in Virginia and earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va.

During her residency, Nickle received the Outstanding Resident Award.

After residency she was stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where she managed the Wounded Warriors Unit and served as officer in charge at the Troop Medical Clinic.

Her last deployment was to Afghanistan for one year with the 3rd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division.

During her deployment she received the Combat Medical Badge for her care of wounded soldiers while under direct fire from insurgents.

Upon return from deployment, she served as director of the emergency room at Bassett Army Community Hospital until her transition from Alaska to Greeneville.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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