Pictured above from l. to r.: CRMC CEO Paul Korth, Coffey Award recipients Mitchell and Kim Stonecipher and Dr. Stacy Brewington, cardiologist at Tennessee Heart and CRMC

Kim works at Tennessee Heart as the clinical supervisor while Mitchell is the director of invasive cardiology services at CRMC

Cookeville – Mitchell and Kim Stonecipher received the 2022 Martin Coffey Cardiovascular Service Award at the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation’s 15th annual A Woman’s Heart event Thursday, Feb. 2. Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) CEO Paul Korth made the presentation, citing their dedication and loyalty to the heart program at Cookeville Regional.

With a combined 50 years dedicated to cardiology, the Stoneciphers, both registered nurses, have dedicated their careers to the field of cardiology in the Upper Cumberland. While they both have uniquely different roles at Tennessee Heart and CRMC.

According to CRMC, their impact and effort are felt across the entire outpatient and inpatient setting. 

Kim works at Tennessee Heart as the clinical supervisor while Mitchell is the director of invasive cardiology services at CRMC.

The nomination letter stated that “it seems as though they have grown up with cardiology in their blood. Their duties and dedication are unmatched and what is more impressive is their work ethic. In short, it is easy to say they eat, sleep and drink cardiology” and their unsurpassed dedication to the cardiology program shows every day.

Kim began her career when there were only three cardiology providers at Tennessee Heart, rounding with them in the hospital to see patients.  Kim has played a vital role in effecting many of the changes to the delivery of cardiovascular care for patients in our region and in the establishment of the Tennessee Heart outreach clinics. She is currently the liaison for each outreach center in the Upper Cumberland in addition to her other duties.

She also orients every new cardiologist joining Tennessee Heart and CRMC. 

Mitchell joined CRMC in 1989 in the Emergency Department.  In 1994 he joined the Cath Lab as an original member of the team, playing an integral part in starting the heart program with Martin Coffey. Since 2010 Mitchell has led the Cath Lab Department as the director and has been instrumental in the progress CRMC has made from a community hospital to a regional medical center with high quality interventional cardiac care. 

Additionally, Mitchell and Kim both step outside of their work roles to help support Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Mitchell volunteers to take Santa photos and is a committee member of Women’s Heart, and Kim volunteers endlessly for all programs at Tennessee Heart. 

The Stoneciphers have two daughters, Megan Halfacre and Amber Jolley, who have both followed in their parents’ footsteps and chosen careers in health care. They also have one grandson, Landon.

The Martin Coffey Cardiovascular Service Award is given to an individual who has made a positive impact and best exemplifies the same dedication and loyalty in broadening the scope and delivery of quality cardiovascular care to the patients of CRMC and the Upper Cumberland region as Coffey did during his tenure as the founding director of the Heart and Vascular Center of Cookeville Regional Medical Center from 1994 to 2007.

Coffey was instrumental in the development of creating what is known today as the Heart and Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional.

Photo courtesy of CRMC.

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