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1. More Stores, Walk-In Clinics Offering Vaccines and Shots -

Pull up to a local Walgreens and you may be immediately presented with a shot menu: flu, shingles, pneumonia and other options. Theoretically, in one trip to the drugstore you can knock out your flu shot, pick up some ice cream, bread or beer, maybe grab a birthday card for your mother-in-law, and be on your way.

2. Searching for Doctors -

So here’s the offer: lower salary – meaning it will take longer to pay down your student loan debt – less prestige, and perhaps even a questioning of your intelligence and skill.

In 2014, that’s what comes with the decision to become a primary care physician. Recently, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mara Gordon, wrote an article for The Atlantic explaining her decision to become a primary care doctor.

3. Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services -

Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.

4. Gastro One Forms New Practice -

Gastro One and Memphis Gastroenterology Group have merged, creating the largest gastroenterology practice in the Memphis Metro area.

The merged practice, which will operate under the Gastro One brand name, features 35 doctors covering the spectrum of gastroenterology – the study, treatment and health of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine/colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder). Each gastroenterologist is a medical specialist trained in internal medicine and in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the digestive system.

5. Health Choice Selects Jones to Lead Provider Engagement -

LaTasha Jones has been named director of provider engagement at Health Choice LLC, where she will be responsible for directing and managing the implementation of a clinical integration database for Health Choice providers and practices.

6. In Rhythm -

It started with ice cream 25 years ago, probably vanilla with chocolate sauce, because that’s his favorite. Or maybe it was pure coincidence, except that over the years Tim Lyles noticed a pattern.

7. Culture of Health -

Twenty-five years ago, Carol Harshman was an aerobics instructor working for a Springfield, Mo., health club.

As someone with a job that allowed her to live out a lifestyle of health and wellness at work, she was in the minority.

8. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold a public meeting about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 6, at Riverview Community Center, 1891 Kansas St. Drop by for 10 minutes during the open house, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or attend the presentation and Q&A from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

9. Events -

Tennessee Genealogical Society will hold its annual spring seminar, featuring certified genealogist Diane Giannini, Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers; RSVP required. Visit tngs.org.

10. Baptist Selects First Chief Quality Officer -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has hired Dr. Mark Swanson to serve as chief quality officer.

11. Baptist Selects First Chief Quality Officer -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has hired Dr. Mark Swanson to serve as chief quality officer.

12. Doctors Go Digital -

The name – Baptist OneCare – really does say it all. Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is in the midst of installing an electronic health records system that is as ambitious an undertaking as any in Baptist’s century-plus history.

13. Baptist CEO Set to Retire Next May -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. President and CEO Stephen Reynolds will retire next May, with Jason Little, Baptist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, taking over as the hospital system’s next president and CEO.

14. Church Health Center Expands Wellness Facility -

Church Health Center Wellness is expanding its medical presence within its 80,000-square-foot wellness and fitness center as part of an increasingly integrated health care philosophy, adding five exam rooms to accommodate demand from its uninsured, working patient population.

15. Williams Joins Del-Nat as Director of Finance -

Ronnie Williams has joined Del-Nat Tire Corp. as director of finance. Williams, who has a 15-year background in finance and accounting, most recently served as director of finance at Health Choice LLC. In his new role, he will be responsible for finance and accounting functions and will direct operations to meet budget and financial goals.

16. Select Health Alliance Names Sullivant Chief Medical Officer -

Baptist Memorial Health Care’s Select Health Alliance has named Dr. Henry Sullivant as its first chief medical officer. Sullivant will lead the physician-led clinical integration project, with the mission to deliver a better insurance care model that will then go to the marketplace as a collaborative effort between a physician group and a hospital.

17. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will screen the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary “Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador” Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

18. Health Care Groups Form UT Methodist Physicians -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, UT Medical Group Inc. and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center have teamed up to create a new academic physician group, officials said.

19. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

20. Breathing Easy -

Ashton Place Rehabilitation & Health Center earlier in August opened its newly designated 14-bed private-room unit dedicated to decannulating patients with a tracheostomy due to an injury, chronic disease or other respiratory problems.

21. Health Care Groups Form UT Methodist Physicians -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, UT Medical Group Inc. and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center have teamed up to create a new academic physician group, officials said Friday.

The new practice, UT Methodist Physicians, launched on Sept. 1 and includes urology, surgical oncology and most adult medicine specialties, such as internal medicine, pulmonology and endocrinology.

22. Insurers Limit Providers to Drive Down Costs -

In a bid to halt rising health care costs, local insurance carriers are pushing lower-cost plans with fewer choices of physicians and hospitals.

The tradeoff: In exchange for lower overall health care costs, some Americans may have to switch physicians or end up paying higher out-of-network rates to keep their longtime family doctor.

23. Events -

Graceland will present “Salute to Memphis Music,” an Elvis Week concert featuring Memphis Jones and Brad Birkedahl, Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. on the Elvis Week main stage at Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Tickets are $20. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information.

24. Events -

Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.

25. Henneberger Joins First State Bank Small-Business Lending Division -

Sean Henneberger has joined First State Bank’s small-business lending division as vice president/business development officer in the Memphis market. In his new role, Henneberger will help small businesses pursue loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program.

26. Culture of Health -

Local businesses are encouraging employees to get up, get out and get moving by offering wellness programs and financial incentives.

Companies including Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz PC and the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South have signed on for new initiatives like the Memphis Business Group on Health’s (MBGH) CEO Culture of Health program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthy Worksite Program, with an end goal of helping employees become more active and ultimately lowering health insurance costs.

27. Medical Mergers -

In January, The Medical Group, an adult internal medicine practice in Germantown with seven physicians: Drs. Todd Overby, Alison Pomykala, Richard Jordan, Terinell Beaver, Steven Wener, Mark Castellaw and Dana Wright sold to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. after being independent since 1956.

28. Change of Scenery -

After spending years or decades in their current form, longtime staples of the local real estate scene are about to disappear or undergo major changes that will forever alter the city’s built landscape.

29. Blank Joins WKNO-FM As News Director -

Christopher Blank has joined WKNO-FM, the Mid-South affiliate of National Public Radio, as news director. Blank, who has produced feature stories for the station since 2011, will oversee local news production for “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

30. Tennessee Lags in Hospital Care Spending -

Hospital care spending in Tennessee averaged $2,160 per person in 2009, a figure that is among the 10 lowest in the nation on a state-by-state comparison.

Tennessee ranked No. 10 in the country for the states with the lowest hospital care spending, including services for outpatient care, operating room fees and the services of physician residents, data from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed. Nationally, hospital spending averaged $2,475 per person in 2009. That’s about 14.6 higher than the average per person hospital spending in Tennessee.

31. Harold Ford Sr. Buys Sycamore View Property -

1670 Sycamore View Road Memphis, TN 38134

Sale Amount: $1.8 million

Sale Date: April 8, 2013

32. Baptist Medical Group Buys Collierville Center -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group Inc. has paid $4.4 million for the 39,635-square-foot medical office building at 400 E. Market Blvd. in Collierville.

33. Health Care Challenge -

To cap off National Public Health Week, The Daily News held an in-depth discussion about health care reform and the daunting task of trying to digest and comprehend the new Affordable Care Act, which encompasses more than 2,800 pages of law and more than 100,000 pages of regulations and rules.

34. Panther Properties Buys Two Cordova Apartments -

2350 N. Houston Levee Road and 2323 N. Houston Levee Road

35. Baptist Group Buys Former Post Office -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group Inc. has paid $1.3 million for the former U.S. Postal Service location at 1520 Union Ave. in Midtown.

36. Seminar Will Highlight US Health Reform -

The Affordable Care Act provides incentives for the U.S. health care system to integrate care across the entire care continuum – from acute care to outpatient care to better provide care for patients.

37. Forum Highlights Concerns With Non-Urgent ER Visits -

Healthy Memphis Common Table and the League of Womens Voters hosted a public forum Monday, March 18, at the Great Hall and Conference Center in Germantown to discuss findings from the seventh Take Charge For Better Health Report released earlier this week.

38. Masson Named Senior Director at Caissa -

Rick Masson has joined Caissa Public Strategy as senior director. Masson, former chief administrative office for the city of Memphis, was also recently named special master to oversee the city-county schools merger. (For details, see the Monday, March 11, edition of The Daily News.) In his new role at Caissa, Masson will provide consultation and leadership on business development and project management.

39. Daily News Seminar Highlights Affordable Care Act -

Beginning in October, millions of Americans will be able to shop for health insurance through newly created health care exchanges dubbed the Health Insurance Marketplace.

This is also a critical period for businesses of all sizes as they navigate the 2010 Affordable Care Act and their responsibilities under the new law. The law requires employers with more than 50 employees to pay a fee if they don’t provide affordable coverage to their employees, while smaller firms are exempt from the employer responsibility requirements.

40. Fink Joins Diamond Cos. as Senior Vice President -

Justin Fink has joined Diamond Cos., an International truck dealership holding company, as senior vice president, truck sales. In the new role, Fink oversees new and used truck sales, and helps develop programs and processes to grow customer relationships, sales and profits.

41. Kroc Center Opens to Big Crowds -

To cap off Healthy Heart Month, the new 100,000-square-foot Kroc Center held its open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony last weekend.

The state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors in its first few days.

42. Lovette Heads Career Services at Remington College -

Demetrius “Dee” Lovette has been named director of career services at Remington College’s Memphis campus. In the role, Lovette provides job placement services to students and graduates, and works with local employers to assess their workforce needs and provide qualified applicants.

43. Healthy Church Challenge Tackles Obesity Epidemic -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s second annual Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition for churches in West Tennessee is set to get under way on Saturday, Feb. 2.

This year’s challenge is anticipated to include more than 50 local churches that will get the chance to compete for cash prizes to benefit their churches and health ministries.

44. Health Care Alignment Trend Accelerates -

The trend for alignment between hospital systems and private physicians hit the Mid-South in mid-2010 and has gained momentum since.

The area’s three major hospital systems – Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Saint Francis Healthcare – are padding their physician rosters with primary care doctors and specialists by acquiring practices in strategic locations throughout the Memphis market.

45. Spirit of Giving -

For several thousand homeless Memphians, the winter months can be especially rough being exposed to the harsh elements without money, food or warm clothing.

Several local organizations and volunteers took time to give back during this holiday season by donating warm clothes, preparing hot meals and providing health care for those less fortunate just as the first signs of freezing conditions and snow hit the area.

46. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

47. Medical Office Sector Enters Transitional Period -

As the trend for health care mergers intensifies, the city’s medical office market evolves, with some private practices consolidating into hospital systems and others relocating to better serve their patients.

48. Integrity Oncology Adapts to Rapidly Changing Industry -

Integrity Oncology PLLC continues to evolve within an ever-changing health care landscape.

Last month the practice, which operates four area locations, moved its West Memphis office to a new 2,500-square-foot, freestanding location, and it anticipates a future move of its East Memphis office into the new Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s $65 million comprehensive cancer treatment center that will be built by 2015.

49. Industry Leaders Discuss Changing Health Care System -

Some of Memphis’ most prominent health care leaders discussed the changing U.S. health care system during the Memphis Business Group on Health’s fourth annual conference Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

50. Business of Health Care Topic of Seminar -

In terms of national policy discussion, the current changes in the model and delivery of health care remains among the most heated and complicated of topics.

And on Thursday, Sept. 20, a panel of local experts assembled by The Daily News will participate in an in-depth discussion about the health care industry, including challenges, opportunities and the outlook through 2013.

51. Tapley Ranks 13th on National List of Most Successful Realtors -

Jimmie Tapley of Crye-Leike Realtors has been named the country’s 13th most successful residential Realtor by REAL Trends Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. The ranking is based on the number of real estate agents’ closed transactions in 2011. Tapley’s sales volume for the year totaled 437 transaction sides.

52. Senior Sector -

The 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 were said to have remodeled society as they moved through it.

It was the baby boomer generation that drove the cultural shift to consumerism with SUVs and mini-vans. That demographic just turned 65 and real estate developers have taken notice.

53. Magna Bank Taps Stewart To Lead SBA Division -

Tom Stewart has been named senior vice president and manager of the small business administration division at Magna Bank. Since joining Magna in March, Stewart has led the bank in obtaining national preferred lending provider status. In his new role, Stewart will oversee all business development activities for the Mid-South along with portfolio management and loan servicing.

54. Baptist Contracts With Software Vendor Epic -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has signed a contract with Epic, a software vendor based out of Verona, Wis., to implement the health care system’s transition to electronic health records.

55. Big Things Coming in North Mississippi for Baptist -

Continuing to expand its reach and services in North Mississippi, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has unveiled plans to build a larger Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi campus in Oxford, replacing its existing 13-acre hospital campus at 2301 S. Lamar Boulevard in the college town.

56. Medical Realignment -

Private practice is fast becoming a thing of the past, as physicians groups across the country scramble to align with large health care systems in a move largely driven by national health care reform.

57. Baptist Medical Group Acquires Cordova Clinic -

Baptist Medical Group, an affiliate of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., has partnered with Drs. Gregory K. Jenkins and H. Howard Nease to form Baptist Medical Group-Jenkins and Nease Internal Medicine.

58. Memphis Biz Group on Health Recognizes Hospitals -

Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) celebrated area hospitals at a luncheon held on the campus of Rhodes College on Tuesday, April 24, where nearly 100 member organizations and other health care professionals were in attendance.

59. Memphis Heart Clinic, Stern Cardiovascular Merge -

The 14 physicians of Memphis Heart Clinic have joined Stern Cardiovascular Foundation, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.

Stern just more than a year ago became part of Baptist Memorial Medical Group, a nonprofit medical group foundation affiliated with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., which includes more than 300 physicians representing 31 specialties in West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and North Mississippi.

60. Memphis Heart Clinic, Stern Cardiovascular Merge -

The 14 physicians of Memphis Heart Clinic have joined Stern Cardiovascular Foundation, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.

Stern just over a year ago became part of Baptist Memorial Medical Group, a nonprofit medical group foundation affiliated with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., which includes more than 300 physicians representing 31 specialties in West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and North Mississippi.

61. 100 Years of Higher Learning -

You can find the origins of the University of Memphis in the 19th century – the 19th Century Club, that is.

It’s because the idea for the institution took root more than 100 years ago among a group of women who were members of the service and philanthropy group that still exists today.

62. Baptist Story Speaks to City’s Rich Past -

The making of modern Memphis is an ongoing story that now has some age on it.

And with age we all rediscover some important things we probably already knew but had our doubts about before.

The centennial of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is a reminder of who we really are as a community.

63. A Century of Health Care -

Memphians packed the new Dr. H. Edward Garrett Auditorium at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis last month to listen to music icon Patti LaBelle discuss her struggle with diabetes and the grief she experienced after losing three sisters to cancer.

64. Inconclusive Prognosis -

It was a mixed year of highs and lows for the Memphis area health care industry – which employs one out of seven workers locally – as the nation’s uncertain economy and changing health care system prompted hospital networks and biotech companies to realign, restructure and rethink the way they operate.

65. Costs, Alignments Dominate Health Care Conversation -

The local and national trend of health care systems aligning with physicians groups emerged as the primary topic of discussion Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Business of Health Care Seminar, presented by The Daily News at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

66. TDN Seminar to Examine State of Health Care -

The health care industry is an economic driver in Memphis, where hospitals, health care providers and biotechnology companies employ one out of every seven workers.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, a panel of local experts will discuss the health care sector’s current state and future forecast at The Daily News Business of Health Care Seminar, which begins at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

67. Methodist Adds Another Private Practice -

In alignment with the local and national trend of health care systems partnering with physicians groups, Eastmoreland Internal Medicine is the latest practice to join the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare family.

68. Methodist, West Clinic Form Alliance -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and The West Clinic have joined forces to create a comprehensive, fully integrated cancer service.

As part of the partnership – which was announced Friday, Oct. 28, and will take effect Jan. 1 – about 110 direct patient-care employees at The West Clinic will become Methodist Healthcare associates. Doctors and administrative staff will remain with The West Clinic.

69. Methodist, West Clinic Form Alliance -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and The West Clinic have joined forces to create a comprehensive, fully integrated cancer service.

As part of the partnership – which was announced Friday, Oct. 28, and will take effect Jan. 1 – about 110 direct patient-care employees at The West Clinic will become Methodist Healthcare associates. Doctors and administrative staff will remain with The West Clinic. 

70. Baptist Affiliate Acquires Boston Baskin -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is working to develop the Mid-South’s first adult multidisciplinary, comprehensive academic cancer center.

71. Baptist Affiliate Acquires Boston Baskin -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is working to develop the Mid-South's first adult multidisciplinary, comprehensive academic cancer center.

72. Baptist Medical Group Acquires 3 Clinics -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group, an affiliate of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., has acquired three primary-care clinics: Cary M. Finn and Associates, The Light Clinic PC and Memphis Internal Medicine PLLC.

73. Baptist Affiliate Acquires Integrity Oncology -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group announced Wednesday the formation of Integrity Oncology Foundation, the result of the recent acquisition of Integrity Oncology, a comprehensive oncology physician practice.

74. Sneed Promoted At Humane Society -

Kerry Sneed has been promoted to community outreach and humane education coordinator at the Humane Society of Memphis.

75. Baptist Medical Group Acquires Lung Physicians -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group (BMMG) has announced the formation of Memphis Lung Physicians Foundation, the result of the recent acquisition of Memphis Lung Physicians.

Founded in 1978, Memphis Lung Physicians has locations in Memphis, DeSoto County and Collierville.

76. Mem Biz Group on Health Preps for Annual Conference -

Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) is gearing up for its third annual conference, titled “Got the Healthcare Reform Blues?,” which will take place Thursday Sept. 8, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

77. Seminar To Detail Reform’s Effect on Biz -

Philip Johnson is partner with Argyle Benefits Consultants LLC, a chartered life underwriter and certified employee benefits specialist, so he more than understands the ins and outs of federal health care reform, including how the legislation will impact large and small businesses, as well as individuals.

78. Seminar to Examine Health Care Reform -

One of the most contentious and complex issues facing the nation today will be the focus of the latest seminar hosted by The Daily News.

Health care reform will be the topic at hand on Thursday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

79. MBGH Hands Out Health Honors -

The Memphis Business Group on Health Thursday awarded two insurance companies and five regional hospitals for their progress toward improving the quality of health care in the region during 2010.

Doctors and administrators from organizations such as Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., Methodist Le Bonheur Health Care, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, as well as representatives from companies such as FedEx Corp., First Horizon National Corp., Merck & Co. Inc. and Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., attended the awards luncheon at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

80. Komen Affiliate Awards 10 Grants -

The Memphis/Mid-South Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded 10 grants totaling $723,925 to programs providing breast cancer services in the Mid-South.

Baptist Memorial Hospital has been awarded $188,000 for the Filling the Gap – Mammography for Underserved Women Program, for screening mammograms to underserved women on a digitally equipped mobile unit as well as diagnostic procedures as needed at the Women’s Health Center.

81. Humphreys Joins Keller Williams Realty -

Herbo Humphreys has joined the Crump Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty. Humphreys previously worked as a project supervisor for Bryan-Turley Properties.

82. Urban Child Institute Study Seeks Local Birth Data -

The Memphis-based Urban Child Institute is recruiting the final participants in what will ultimately be an intensive eight-year study focused on the cognitive development of young children in Shelby County.

83. Memphis Health Careers Academy Preps Future Industry Workers -

Graduates of Memphis Health Careers Academy not only receive a high school diploma; they earn a career technology certificate with a focus on allied health, making them well-prepared and immediately eligible for employment in Memphis’ robust health care sector.

84. Symposium Preps Students for Health Care Careers -

The Memphis Challenge Inc. will present its second Health Careers Symposium, Exploring Options for Optimum Success, on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, 6019 Walnut Grove Road.

85. St. Francis Opens Primary Care Clinic -

St. Francis Medical Partners unveiled its new location at 452 Perkins Extended Thursday during a ribbon-cutting event.

86. Haslam Says $10M Research Funding an ‘Investment’ -

University of Memphis president Dr. Shirley Raines couldn’t have picked a more ironic time to lose her voice last week.

87. Research Consortium Tops Haslam’s Memphis Visit -

With his first state of the state address delivered to the Tennessee Legislature Monday, Gov. Bill Haslam now takes the message on the road this week with a series of stops including one Thursday on the University of Memphis campus.

88. Positive Test -

An anxious patient awaits the test results of every specimen examined at Trumbull Labs LLC.

The diagnostic process is a delicate, meticulous one, and the Memphis company, located at 7550 Wolf River Blvd., prides itself on providing clinicians with accurate and definitive diagnostic results as quickly as possible.

89. Letitia Robertson Joins BRIDGES -

Letitia Robertson has joined BRIDGES as vice president of Bridge Builders.

Hometown: Memphis
Education: BBA, University of Memphis; MBA, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
Work Experience: Vice President of Operations, Leadership Memphis; Director of Multicultural Marketing, ALSAC/St. Jude; Internet Content Manager, St. Jude; Program Coordinator, Junior Achievement, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Family: Husband, Roderick Robertson; three boys: Roderick Jr., 19, Terrence, 9, and Laurence, 4
Favorite quote: “A smile is the beginning of peace.” – Mother Teresa
Last book read: “Memphis and the Paradox of Place” by Dr. Wanda Rushing
Favorite music: Jazz
Favorite movie: “Shawshank Redemption”
Sports team: Dallas Cowboys – do or die!
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy riding my motorcycle with my husband every opportunity I get.
What talent do you wish you had? I have always wanted to be a contemporary dancer. Having two left feet makes it impossible.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? I have had two great mentors at critical times in my career path: Ruby Bright and Deidre Malone.
What drew you to BRIDGES? There is a quiet, youth-led social change movement occurring in Memphis and it begins at BRIDGES. Plans are under way to increase the number of youth served through Bridge Builders from 5,000 to 15,000 annually. I could not pass up the opportunity to work with young leaders who will be uniquely poised to help make our community better.
What will your role as VP of Bridge Builders entail? I will oversee the development and expansion of BRIDGES’ youth programming, thereby ensuring that more young people have access.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment? To have played an integral role in helping Leadership Memphis expand and implement its community leadership program continuum has been a great highlight of my career.

90. Book Takes Look at Local Health Care -

As the national battle over the future of American health care legislation rages, the Memphis Medical Society has published a comprehensive look into the extensive history of an industry deeply rooted in the city’s commerce and culture.

91. New Procedure Keeps Memphis on Cardiac Cutting Edge -

A cardiac procedure newly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, a common type of cardiac arrhythmia, has just become available in Memphis.

92. Stern Cardiovascular’s McGrew at Forefront of Research -

Longtime Memphis cardiologist Dr. Frank McGrew with the Stern Cardiovascular Center remains at the forefront of clinical cardiology research.

His projects include using a catheter to electrically map the inside of the heart to properly place pacemaker electrodes, injecting stem cells into the hearts of heart attack patients to repair damage, and conducting the clinical trial that resulted in the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first new oral blood thinner to hit the market in half a century.

93. Medical Impact -

The Medical Education & Research Institute has evolved into one of the elite medical training facilities in the country. The center’s list of faculty and students reads like a “Who’s Who” of medicine from all over the world.

94. Baptist Forms Partnership With Stern Cardiovascular -

Consistent with a national trend of health care systems partnering with physicians groups – cardiology groups in particular – Baptist Memorial Medical Group has announced its partnership with Stern Cardiovascular Center, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.

95. Baptist Group Partners With Stern Cardiovascular -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group has announced a partnership with Stern Cardiovascular Center, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.

“We are very excited and honored to partner with a prestigious group like Stern,” said Jason Little, vice president of Baptist Memorial Health Care. “This represents the logical next step in the long rich history between our two organizations.”

96. Nevels Takes Reins of BMHC Foundation -

Jenny Nevels has been promoted to executive director of the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation.

97. SpyGlass ‘Huge’ Improvement for Stone Removal -

Memphis gastroenterologist Dr. Edward Cattau said he recently performed the city’s first electrohydraulic gastroenterology procedure, allowing for the removal of larger stones from the bile duct without an open surgery, making for a significantly shorter patient recovery time.

98. Healthy Industry -

Throughout a prolonged recession and anemic recovery, hospitals and health care companies have given Memphis a powerful antidote to an ailing economy.

They have invested more than a billion dollars in new construction and equipment, expanded operations and kept tens of thousands of people working.

99. Infection Offensive -

Tennessee has lifted a curtain of secrecy, exposing the successes and failures of Memphis hospitals in preventing bloodstream infections.

The likelihood of getting a central line-associated bloodstream infection at some area hospitals is double what it should be. Data compiled by the Tennessee Department of Health in a recent report show some hospitals have a standardized infection ratio (SIR) of 2.0 or more when the national guideline is 1.0.

100. Hospitals Challenged on Infections -

The rate of central-line associated bloodstream infection in hospitals is decreasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but data on how Memphis hospitals are doing won’t be released until this summer.