Charles “Chuck” Woeppel has been named chief executive officer of UT Medical Group Inc. Woeppel, who has served as the organization’s chief operating officer since 2012, will also continue in that role.
As CEO, Woeppel will direct daily operations and strengthen UT Medical Group’s relationships with The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and hospital partners. His COO duties include setting up dynamic communication with individual departmental practices; overseeing regulatory compliance; and managing financial, administrative and human resource functions of clinical operations.
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Experience: I have an MBA concentration in health care administration; I have worked all over the United States.
Family: Wife, Jackie; son, Eric, senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; daughter, Jocelyn, junior at Skidmore College; son, Chas, seventh grade.
Favorite quote: “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Favorite movies: Harry Potter series
The sports team(s) you root for: Manchester United soccer
What’s playing on your stereo right now? NPR. I’m not into any special music. I like news.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Family activities, woodworking and reading.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had my dad’s talent of a photographic memory.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother and father. They supported me through thick and thin.
What are your goals in your new position? I want us to be the community’s premier academic health provider, with compassionate, high-quality clinicians and employees who advance medical education and deliver individualized patient care. As we move forward, we are going to focus on growing UT Medical Group’s key specialty areas and improving our community’s health care delivery system. All of these things reflect our core values, including respect, integrity, stewardship, and excellence, and position us well for the future.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My children are my greatest accomplishment.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I really enjoy working with all levels of people.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Work hard; it pays off in the end.
Three attorneys from the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC have been named “Lawyer of the Year” for the Memphis area in The Best Lawyers in America 2014: John A. Good, securities/capital markets law; Peter R. Pettit, financial services regulation law; and Shepherd D. Tate, litigation – securities.
Paul Prather, shareholder in the Memphis office of Littler Mendelson PC, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 as a “Lawyer of the Year” in labor and employment. Other attorneys from Littler’s Memphis office included on the 2014 Best Lawyers list are Jonathan Kaplan, Jay Kiesewetter and John Simmons.
Dr. Brian M. Jerkins has joined the UT Medical Group Department of Ophthalmology at the Hamilton Eye Institute and been named assistant professor at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Jerkins completed fellowship training in glaucoma at Louisiana State University/Ochsner Clinic Foundation.
Louis P. Britt III, an attorney in FordHarrison LLP’s Memphis office, has been named the 2014 Memphis Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.
Blanchard E. Tual of Tual Graves Dorkowski PLLC has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Tual was also designated a Super Lawyer for 2014.
Rev. Dorothy Sanders Wells has been appointed to the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association board of directors. Following seminary, Wells was ordained as a deacon at Collierville’s Church of the Holy Apostles. She was ordained as a priest in December and continues to serve at Holy Apostles.
SRVS staff members have won several 2013 TNCO (Tennessee Community Organizations) awards: Wendy Saulsberry, direct support professional in SRVS’ Community Living Program, was named Outstanding Direct Support Professional; George Martin, resident in a SRVS-supported home, was awarded the Individual Achievement Award; and Donna Palmer, director of community employment services, was named Outstanding Manager. In addition, Amanda Chisholm, public relations department communications coordinator, and Speak Creative won the Community Outreach award for SRVS’ website.
Dr. Rebecca Finlayson, assistant professor of English at Rhodes College, has been awarded the Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. Finlayson joined the English department in 1998 and directs its writing program and center, as well as the Rhodes Summer Writing Institute.
The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has elected its 2013-2014 officers and board members. They include: Andrea Bienstock, corporate counsel for Belz Enterprises, chairman of the board; Jennifer Oswalt, chief financial officer for Contemporary Media Inc., secretary; and Elise L. Jordan, senior vice president, strategic and financial planning, Analysis and Business Systems for FedEx, policies and procedures chair. Tracy Burgess has returned as director of development.