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VOL. 129 | NO. 113 | Wednesday, June 11, 2014




Health Choice Selects Jones to Lead Provider Engagement

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JONES

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.

Jones, who has more than 17 years of experience in health information management and managed care, joined Health Choice in 2012 and most recently served as director of operations.

Hometown: Memphis

Experience: Health information management, managed care contracting, pharmacy contracting and accountable care.

Family: Husband, Mark, for 15 years; daughter, Sydney, 13; son, Silas, 7.

Favorite quote: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33

Favorite movie: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

The sports teams you root for: Everything Memphis and my children’s basketball and soccer teams!

What’s playing on your stereo right now? I listen to a variety of music depending on my mood. But right now, I’m listening to “Defending Jacob” on audiobook.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with family and friends and watching my children play sports.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish that I could play the piano.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My grandmother, Oneitha Rone, who is 89 and still going strong, has had the greatest influence on my life. As a college graduate, she always stressed the value of an education. She was a schoolteacher as well as an entrepreneur, and she always taught me (by example) the importance of being able to take care of myself and my family. I appreciate those lessons!

What attracted you to Health Choice? I was attracted to Health Choice because I enjoy being an advocate for physicians as well as working with hospitals to improve the health of the communities they serve. Health Choice gives me the best of both worlds.

What are your goals in your new role? In my new role, I’d like to be able to use data and analytics to influence quality and outcomes. I’d also like to see the Memphis community become healthier by offering support to the MetroCare physicians and the Population Health team here at Health Choice.

What do you most enjoy about your work? The most enjoyable part of my job is collaborating with others to provide solutions to issues we face in this health care market.

WARD

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? My advice to young people is so simple. Work hard, and never give up! And always remember to pay it forward whenever you can.

The University of Memphis has presented Kenneth Ward with the 2014 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. Ward is professor and director of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health, and is a founder and the current intervention director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies.

WADE

The University of Memphis has presented the following faculty and staff with teaching, research and advising awards: Douglas Campbell, Nicole Detraz, Kendra Murphy and Carmen Weaver, Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award; E. Olusegun George, Ruthbeth Finerman, Aram Goudsouzian, Kristen Iversen and Katherine Lambert-Pennington, Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award; Courtney Brafford and David Horan, Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award; and Jacob Allen and Nataliya Doroshenko, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

Deanne Wade, senior physical therapist with Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, has earned certification as a pelvic rehabilitation practitioner. Wade has more than 20 years of experience as a physical therapist and has focused on pelvic physical therapy for the past 17 years.

Jerry Davidson has joined the Metal Museum as grounds and maintenance manager. Davidson previously served as a longtime maintenance supervisor for St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

Rhodes College has honored four employees with 2014 outstanding staff awards: Herbert Rhodes, housekeeper, outstanding administrative services staff; Amy Wilson, administrative assistant I, outstanding administrative staff; and Matt Dean, head women’s basketball coach, and Sarah Hasty, lab supervisor/biology safety officer, outstanding administrators.

The Memphis-MidSouth affiliate of Susan G. Komen has announced its 2014-2015 Community Grantees: Alliance Charitable Foundation, Baptist Medical Group, Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, Church Health Center, Julie B. Baier Foundation Inc. through the Mroz Baier Breast Care Clinic PC, New Bethel MB Church STAARS, Methodist Healthcare Foundation, Regional One Health and Urban Health Education and Support Services.

Sharp & Robbins Construction has been awarded the Restoration Industry Association’s Phoenix Award for Innovation in Reconstruction. The company was honored for outstanding workmanship in the reconstruction of a condominium building after a section of brick façade fell off and additional investigation revealed other major construction defects.

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