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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.

 

More Grand Rounds:

 

Health:Further • Aug. 22-25

More than 2,000 healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs are expected to descend on the Music City Center Aug. 22-25 for the annual Health:Further Festival.

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TriMED Healthcare Education Summit • Sept. 8-9

TriMED Healthcare Education Summit • Sept. 8-9

A number of healthcare organizations have partnered to create Tennessee's largest, most comprehensive medical education event for healthcare professionals.

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3+3 = More Primary Care Physicians

3+3 = More Primary Care Physicians

Leaders from Meharry Medical College and Middle Tennessee State University recently signed an agreement to develop an accelerated pathway where aspiring physicians could complete an undergraduate degree and medical degree in six years through a fast-track program with select, high-ability students spending three years at each institution.

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VUMC Partners with Walgreens

Last month, Walgreens and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) announced that a subsidiary of VUMC would operate and provide all clinical services at 14 retail health clinics within Walgreens stores across Middle Tennessee.

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The Little Clinic Collaborates with Results Physiotherapy

In other retail health clinic news, The Little Clinic, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co., has collaborated with Results Physiotherapy to offer patients additional treatment solutions for a wide variety of conditions and injuries with a collective commitment to help patients live pain-free without prescription opioid medications.

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AdamsPlace Opens New Memory Care Unit

AdamsPlace Opens New Memory Care Unit

Last month, AdamsPlace celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for their new 13,469 square-foot Memory Care Center.

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State Epidemiologist Wins National Honor

State Epidemiologist Wins National Honor

Tim Jones, MD, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists' Pumphandle Award.

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Saint Thomas Health Files CON for Rutherford County

Last month, Saint Thomas Health filed a Certificate of Need application to expand services in order to meet anticipated healthcare needs of the growing Rutherford County population.

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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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Pal to Lead VICC Cancer Health Disparities Program

Pal to Lead VICC Cancer Health Disparities Program

Clinical geneticist Tuya Pal, MD, has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) as associate director of Cancer Health Disparities. Pal also has been named an associate professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) School of Medicine and Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research.

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Eckstein Named Shareholder with LBMC Transaction Advisory Services

Eckstein Named Shareholder with LBMC Transaction Advisory Services

LBMC, one of the Southeast's largest accounting and business consulting firms, recently announced Andrew C. Eckstein has been named shareholder, helping lead the firm's Transaction Advisory Services Practice.

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Activate Health Opens Nashville Office

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Wishes Granted

Wishes Granted

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently received a $1.22 million grant to support Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who plan to become nursing faculty. The award brings the funds the school has received for the program since 2008 to $7.3 million.

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Arteaga Leaving Vanderbilt

Arteaga Leaving Vanderbilt

Renowned physician-scientist Carlos L. Arteaga, MD, director of the Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies, director of the Breast Cancer Research Program and associate director for Clinical Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate dean of Oncology Programs at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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Climer Joins Jarrard

Rebecca Climer, who retired from her role leading Saint Thomas Health's communications efforts for more than three decades, recently joined healthcare communications firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock. Climer will serve as an of-counsel advisor for the firm.

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TriStar Horizon Begins Neonatal ICU Construction

TriStar Horizon Begins Neonatal ICU Construction

In late June, TriStar Horizon in Dickson announced the start of construction for its neonatal intensive care unit to enhance the patient and family-centered care experience and meet the growing demand for services.

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HealthStream Makes Management Changes

Last month, Nashville-based HealthStream, Inc., a leading provider of workforce, patient experience, and provider solutions for the healthcare industry, announced several changes to the company's management team.

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Lovell Announces Staff Additions & Promotions

Nashville-based national healthcare marketing and public relations firm Lovell Communications recently welcomed Jessica Hopson as account supervisor and Laura Elkins as senior account executive.

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Byte Dental, Patterson Dental Partner

Nashville-based Byte Network Solutions, a leading dental technology provider, has partnered with Patterson Dental, one of North America's largest distributors of dental merchandise and technology, as the exclusive preferred provider for the greater Middle Tennessee area.

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Study Shows Antibiotics Effective for Treatment of Small Skin Infections

New multicenter research, which included Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators, could change treatment approaches to simple skin abscesses, infections often caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria.

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