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Scott Mertie

Awards, Honors, Achievements

Scott Mertie, president of Kraft Healthcare Consulting, an affiliate of KraftCPAS, has joined the Saint Thomas Health Foundation's board of directors where he will serve on the investment committee. Saint Thomas Health Foundation is focused on providing access to essential health services to everyone in the Middle Tennessee community, particularly uninsured and underinsured.

Healthcare communications firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock recently announced the promotion of Kim Fox to partner. Fox, who joined the firm in 2006, previously served as a senior vice president.

An organizing session by the recently formed Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS), titled ERACS: Best Practices, Cost-Effective Initiative took place in Boston and featured a consortium of forward-thinking leaders in cardiac surgery. The select group - which included TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Institute cardiovascular surgeon Seenu Reddy, MD - joined together to address the need to standardize best practices in cardiac surgery as other specialties have done through their ERAS® (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) programs.


Donato Tramuto

Last month, the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps presented Tivity CEO Donato Tramuto with the "Embracing the Legacy" award, which recognizes leaders who help improve the lives of children and their families. The award was presented to Tramuto for his body of philanthropic work, including founding Health eVillages, a company that brings healthcare to underserved populations in seven countries.


Dr. Robert J. Coffey Jr.

Vanderbilt University's Robert J. Coffey Jr., MD, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) - more than $6.6 million over seven years - to support studies aimed at advancing the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. He is one of 27 researchers nationwide to receive one of the awards in the second round of the NCI program.

Last month, local anesthesiologist Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, was introduced as an executive officer for the American Medical Association's 2017-2018 Board of Trustees in the office of secretary. Additionally, Kevin W. Williams, a former senior executive at General Motors from Nashville returns as the public member on the AMA Board.

Frost-Arnett was recently awarded the 2017 Torch Award for Ethical Commerce by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle Tennessee, in the 175+ employee category.

Middle Tennessee companies made a good showing on the 2017 Healthcare Informatics 100 list. The recognition program ranks the top 100 healthcare IT companies in the United States based on HIT revenues from the most recent fiscal year. Area honorees were: Change Healthcare ranked 11th, M*Modal 43rd, Experian Health 45th, HealthStream 51st, MEDHOST 67th, and Cumberland Consulting Group 95th.

Interfaith Dental Clinic was presented with the Henry Schein Cares Silver Medal for excellence in expanding access to care as part of last month's Henry Schein, Inc. humanitarian awards.

TriStar Centennial Medical Center CMO Divya Shroff, MD, a University of Missouri - Kansas City alumna, received the School of Medicine 2017 Take Wing Award. She was honored for her nationally recognized leadership in improving the quality and safety of patient care by merging medicine and technology.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's Medicare Advantage Quality Rewards Program recently recognized primary care physicians across the state for achieving exceptional patient care outcomes. Among those recognized, 52 physicians statewide earned a 5 out of 5 star rating, including 11 in Middle Tennessee: Indumeet B. Bal, Ayrika L. Bell, Nageswara R. Chunduru, Wayne E. Moore, Christopher E. Ingraham, Gibran B. Naddy, John D. Rudd, Pamela J. Sanders, Moses A. Swaucy, Charles R. Tessier IV, and James C. Wallwork.

Lipscomb University's graduate program in healthcare informatics has been ranked No. 11 in the nation by Healthcare Administration Degree Programs. Additionally, the university's College of Pharmacy became the first academic organization to join Nashville-based Hashed Health, which is leveraging blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to transform the healthcare industry.

In other news from Lipscomb University, Dale Alden, assistant professor of Psychology, was recently named to the Tennessee State Board of Examiners in Psychology by Governor Bill Haslam.

 

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VUSN Taps Piano for Top Research Role

VUSN Taps Piano for Top Research Role

Mariann R. Piano, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, a distinguished researcher in cardiovascular disease and expert on the effects of binge drinking and young adults, has been named senior associate dean for Research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN).

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Haile to Lead Neighborhood Health

Haile to Lead Neighborhood Health

Effective Oct. 1, Brian Haile will take over as CEO of Neighborhood Health. Haile, the former deputy chief of the Bureau of TennCare, has extensive experience in the public health sector.

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Bonick Joins PhyMed as CEO

Bonick Joins PhyMed as CEO

Marty Bonick, FACHE, a healthcare executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit settings, has joined PhyMed Healthcare Group as CEO.

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NHI Adds Kelly as SVP on Investments

NHI Adds Kelly as SVP on Investments

Last month, Michelle Kelly joined Murfreesboro-based National Health Investors, Inc. as senior vice president of Investments.

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NashvilleHealth Adds Director of Community Engagement

NashvilleHealth Adds Director of Community Engagement

Molly Sudderth has joined NashvilleHealth as the organization's director of Community Engagement. Founded in 2015 by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, NashvilleHealth seeks to create a culture of health and wellbeing in Davidson County.

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C-Suite Changes at Envision

C-Suite Changes at Envision

Last month, Envision Healthcare announced key structural changes including a stock repurchase of up to $250 million based on market conditions and a number of shifts in their executive leadership.

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MMC Welcomes Four New Physicians

MMC Welcomes Four New Physicians

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC) recently announced the arrival of four new physicians to the Rutherford County multi-specialty, physician-owned clinic.

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Martinez Joins Total Health Medical & Dental

Martinez Joins Total Health Medical & Dental

Conchita G. Martinez, MD, FAAFP is joining Meharry's Total Health Medical and Dental in Antioch this month.

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Lance Joins VUMC

Lance Joins VUMC

Longtime North Highland healthcare leader Fletcher Lance has made the move to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Alive Hospice Names VP of Mission-Based Services

Alive Hospice Names VP of Mission-Based Services

Middle Tennessee nonprofit Alive Hospice has appointed Judy Orr as vice president of mission-based services.

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Boll Joins Saint Thomas West

Vascular surgeon Julia Boll MD, RPVI, has joined Saint Thomas Hospital West. A Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI-certified), Boll earned her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago.

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Let's Give Them Something to Talk About!

Let's Give Them Something to Talk About!

Awards, Honors, Achievements

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Buying & Selling

Nashville-based SpecialtyCare has partnered with New York private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. to purchase the physician services business line from American Securities.

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Wishes Granted

Wishes Granted

Vanderbilt University's The Wond'ry, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering, recently won a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to become an Innovation Corps site.

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Charles, Sloan Join STMP

Charles, Sloan Join STMP

Saint Thomas Medical Group recently welcomed two new physicians.

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Done Deals

Nashville-based HealthTrust, HCA's group purchasing organization, recently landed a contract with Dallas-based Christus Health, a large Catholic health system with more than 60 hospitals and 350 clinics and outpatient centers.

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Yi Joins Surgical Team at TriStar Southern Hills

Yi Joins Surgical Team at TriStar Southern Hills

TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center recently welcomed William Yi, MD, general surgeon, to TriStar Medical Group Southern Hills Surgical Consultants.

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Vanderbilt Health Opens Bellevue Clinic

On Sept. 22, Vanderbilt Health opened a new walk-in clinic in Bellevue. The new facility joins a growing number of Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinics already open in Nashville, Brentwood, Cool Springs, Franklin and Spring Hill.

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PlayMaker Adds Sales VP

PlayMaker Adds Sales VP

Franklin-based PlayMaker, a customer relationship management software firm focused on the post-acute care space, recently added Holly Miller as vice president of sales.

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STMP Opens Lennox Village Care Center

Last month, Saint Thomas Medical Partners opened a new full-service care center at Lenox Village on Nolensville Pike.

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