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1. UTHSC Names Storgion Chair Of Physician Assistant Studies -

Dr. Stephanie Storgion has been named chair of the department of physician assistant studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Storgion’s appointment comes as the department moves to the College of Medicine from the College of Health Professions, where it started two years ago. 

2. West Cancer Center Tapped for Initiative -

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has chosen West Cancer Center as one of nearly 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality, more coordinated cancer care.

3. US Services Firms Grew in June at Fastest Pace in 7 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services firms expanded last month at the fastest pace since November, good news for the U.S. economy.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its non-manufacturing index rose to 56.5 in June from 52.9 in May. Any reading above 50 signals growth. Production, new orders and export orders grew faster in June. Employment grew last month after contracting in May.

4. Task Force’s New Health Plan Promising -

A 3-Star Healthy Task Force appointed to propose a method for catching Tennesseans in a health care coverage gap is taking a politically safe road to reach the same goal as Insure Tennessee.

Yet the route, a TennCare expansion with “triggers” and “circuit breakers,” holds so much uncertainty it’s hard to figure out if the panel will find its destination.

5. AAF Memphis Taps New Leadership -

If there’s one thing the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis chapter knows best, it’s that the industry it represents is constantly changing. Reflecting that change, the chapter welcomed new executive director Nikii Richey and swore in its new board members at a special luncheon event at FedExForum on June 18.

6. As Desire to Acquire Mounts, So Does Risk of Losses -

NEW YORK (AP) – The word suggests compassion, benevolence. It even sounds nice: Goodwill. Mankind needs more of it. But in the financial world, there may be far too much already.

Goodwill is the accounting term for the premium that companies pay when they buy each other, over the value of the actual assets being purchased, such as factories, products in a warehouse and office equipment. Goodwill is the value placed on the intangible, special something about the company being bought – its reputation, perhaps, or its skilled workforce or corporate culture.

7. West Cancer Center Tapped for Cancer Care Initiative -

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has chosen West Cancer Center as one of nearly 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality, more coordinated cancer care.

8. Changing of the Guard -

Michael Ugwueke’s office at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is a long way from his childhood years in war-torn Nigeria.

His earliest days in a country ravaged by civil war and the loss of a younger brother are part of the reason he eventually decided to pursue a career in medicine.

9. Financial Stress to Financial Yes -

Every year Americans make $46 billion worth of payday loan transactions, with more than 40 percent of these loans processed online. Payday loans allow borrowers to withdraw cash anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks prior to receiving their paycheck, with the intent to pay it back with interest and fees when they receive their next paycheck.

10. Businesses Face Decisions to Meet New Wage Rules -

Local businesses have six months to comply with newly revised regulations from U.S. Department of Labor concerning wage exemptions that go into effect on Dec. 1. Handed down late last month, the revisions are expected to disqualify up to 10 million U.S. employees from their current exempt status before the end of this year.

11. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

12. Resurrection Health Merges With Larger System -

Resurrection Health, a faith-based, evangelical health service organization that’s opened a handful of Memphis-area clinics since launching in December 2014, has merged with a larger health system.

13. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

14. Memphis Jewish Home's Bobby Meadows Wins National Honor -

Bobby G. Meadows III, executive director of Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab, has been awarded the 2016 Young Executive Award by the Association of Jewish Aging Services. The award honors an executive younger than 45 who demonstrates significant potential in health care management by virtue of his or her cumulative achievements or innovative results in management or administration.
As executive director of MJHR, Meadows is responsible for day-to-day operations of the only glatt (strict) kosher, rehab long-term care facility in Tennessee and surrounding states. Operations include the oversight of more than 300 staff members, 160 patients, and a kosher deli.

15. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

16. ALSAC Buys Warehouse For $6 Million -

483 Manassas St.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $6 million

Sale Date: March 17, 2016

Buyer: ALSAC

Seller: Michael Nussbaum and Joyce Nussbaum

17. Last Word: Back to Nashville, Dentistry & Genomes and Living The Fable -

The Memphis traffic is again heavy on the Interstate to Nashville as the Senate state and local government committee meets Tuesday to pick up where it left off with the still-forming version the upper chamber is crafting of the de-annexation bill.

18. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will kick off the 2016 Vine to Wine tasting series with “World of Wines” on Tuesday, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines, beers or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com..

19. Events -

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be in Memphis on Monday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cossitt Library, 33 S. Front St. Career Coach staff will help people create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov, where more than 90,000 jobs are available.

20. Grimes Joins Barge Waggoner As Transportation Project Manager -

Keafur Grimes has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as transportation project manager, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience. In his new role, Grimes manages transportation planning and construction projects to meet federal, state and local regulations; ensures that projects meet quality compliance and assurance standards as well as customer needs; and are delivered on time and within budget.

21. I-Team Veteran Takes Reins Of Innovate Memphis -

Two years ago, when Justin Entzminger found a job that combined his background in entrepreneurship with his dedication to the public realm, he jumped at the chance to join the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team.

22. Survey: Growth at US Services Companies Slowed in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey says U.S. services companies grew in January at the slowest rate in nearly two years, as global economic challenges are showing some signs of spreading to consumers.

23. D1 Sports Training Facility Sells for $4.1 Million -

85 Market Center Drive
Collierville, TN 38107

Sale Amount: $4.1 million

Sale Date: Nov. 5, 2015

24. Mathes Takes Helm at Community Legal Center -

Longtime attorney Anne Mathes has been named executive director of the nonprofit Community Legal Center, which has been providing civil legal services to lower-income Memphians for more than 20 years. In addition to civil cases and divorces, the CLC collaborates with other agencies to serve victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. They also take some immigration cases.

25. Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton -

Carmalita “CC” Carletos-Drayton has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. Carletos-Drayton’s legal practice primarily focuses on environmental law, economic development, and government contracts.

26. Trezevant Hires Resident Services Head -

Kimberly O’Donnell has joined Trezevant as director of resident services. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing a variety of programs and functions while serving as liaison to the residential community.

27. Lucas Named CIO at Regional One -

Jackie Lucas has joined Regional One Health as senior vice president and chief information officer. In her new role, Lucas is responsible for information technology and telecommunications for the organization.

28. Scott Sharpe Named CAO Of District Attorney General’s Office -

Scott Sharpe recently was named chief administrative officer of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office following the departure of longtime CAO Priscilla Campbell.

29. Urge to Merge -

First it was big insurer Aetna, announcing it’s reached a deal to buy rival Humana for $34.1 billion. Only a few weeks later, another pair of insurers decided to get hitched, with Anthem announcing it would buy Cigna for $48.4 billion.

30. Spending Every Dime – Is It Feasible? -

Ray’s Take In the good old days, when you retired you got a gold watch and a pension and didn’t worry about much else.

Investment management was somebody else’s problem. You watched the sunset, not CNBC. This gave way to more recent retirement planning where you worked 30 or 40 years, saving along the way and when you got to 67 (or older) you quit, and lived on your Social Security and 401(k) savings and sometimes some part-time work. If you did it “right” you withdrew a set percentage of the funds and lived comfortably until age 85, as long as you didn’t hit some kind of devastatingly expensive health event.

31. Under Fire for Data Breach, Obama Personnel Chief Steps Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect.

32. Growth in US Services Firms Rises in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms grew at a slightly faster pace in June, as business activity and new orders increased.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its services index edged up to 56 in June from 55.7 in May. Any reading over 50 indicates that services firms are expanding.

33. Collierville Pharmacy Boasts Long List of Accreditations -

Collierville-based Benevere Pharmacy is a privately owned specialty pharmacy that now boasts an uncommonly extensive set of independent accreditations most chain drug stores can’t match.

The pharmacy, which serves patients, prescribers, health care organizations, payers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, has recently been approved for specialty pharmacy accreditation by URAC. That’s a leading nonprofit that accredits health care organizations in addition to focusing on education and measurement programs.

34. Target Selling Pharmacy, Clinic Businesses to CVS Health -

Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become all things to all customers.

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain will pay about $1.9 billion to run Target's in-store health operations and expand what they offer for customers who have come to expect that they will be able to fill a prescription when they shop at Target.

35. A Door of Their Own -

Maybe during the four-plus years that Jackie Hinton was living on the streets of Memphis, you drove past her as she was walking to a shelter for a meal or a bed and a shower.

36. Sutton Joins Dixon Hughes Goodman -

Giles Sutton recently joined Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP as a partner in the firm’s tax practice, where he will focus on issues pertaining to state and local tax.
Sutton, an established attorney and certified public accountant, brings more than 25 years of business tax experience, with a focus on state and local tax issues within the food and beverage, health care, transportation and energy industries.

37. Investors Pumping Hundreds of Millions Into Tennessee Startups -

The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.

If so, where is it coming from and what does it means to entrepreneurs, investors and the rest of us?

38. Growth in US Services Firms Picked Up Speed Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms' growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble.

39. Pair of Employee Benefits Firms Merge -

Two Memphis-based employee benefits firms have merged, effective May 1, and they’re attributing the union in part to the daunting task some firms have of coming to grips with the Affordable Care Act.

40. Avondale Partners Expands Into Memphis -

Avondale Partners, a Nashville-based boutique investment banking and wealth management firm, has opened a new office in Germantown with John Santi heading up the location as managing director.

The new office brings to the Mid-South investment banking and equity research focused on the health care, transportation, logistics and business services sectors as well as a fiduciary investment practice for individuals and institutions.

41. Kiesewetter Joins Fisher Phillips Law Firm -

Jay W. Kiesewetter has joined the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as senior counsel. In his new role, Kiesewetter advises clients on issues related to union organizing and elections, arbitrations, negotiations, strikes, lockouts and Labor Board charges.

42. US Service Firms Grew at Slightly Slower Pace Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its services index slipped to 56.5 last month, from 56.9 in February. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

43. Flexing Its Muscles, LA Fitness Eyes Third Store -

LA Fitness is eyeing a property in the heart of East Memphis for its third Memphis-area location.

The California-based fitness center chain is considering opening its third store in the Memphis market at 1285 Ridgeway Road, according to sources.

44. US Services Firms Grew at Slightly Faster Pace in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services firms grew at a slightly faster pace in January, led by hotels, restaurants and financial firms.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index rose to 56.7 in January, up a small amount from a revised reading of 56.5 in December.

45. Integrate Employee Benefits to Streamline HR -

Human resource departments are oftentimes consumed with managing multiple benefit programs, unable to dedicate the time necessary to developing a truly strategic benefits package that attracts a strong workforce.

46. Walter Awarded AAF Silver Medal -

Ronald A. Walter, president and general manager of WREG-TV, has been chosen to receive AAF Memphis’ 2015 Silver Medal, the highest form of individual recognition given by local chapters of the American Advertising Federation. The annual award, which honors an exceptional leader for a career of outstanding accomplishment and contribution in the industry, will be presented at AAF Memphis’ luncheon Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden.

47. Batts Joins HealthChoice as Complex Care Manager -

Kenneth Batts has joined HealthChoice’s new Population Health team as complex care manager. In his new role, Batts will reach out to patients identified with complex medical needs to schedule home visits, where he’ll provide customized intervention and condition education, including goal setting, care coordination, and long-term support with the goal to achieve improvements in their health.

48. Counterpart Experiences Big 2014 -

2014 was a particularly consequential year for Counterpart Communication Design. The marketing communications firm with offices in Memphis and Dallas grew its staff by almost 40 percent this year, for example, in addition to reimagining its creative department and adding a Web analysis team to meet constantly evolving digital needs.

49. US Services Firms Grow More Slowly, But Hiring Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services firms expanded more slowly in October, but the pace of growth was still healthy. Hiring also rose to the fastest pace in more than nine years.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index dropped to 57.1 in October, down from 58.6 in September. That was the second straight drop after the index had risen steadily since February to 59.6 in August, the highest in eight years. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

50. Hill to Lead MIFA’s COOL Program -

Andrea Hill has been named manager of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program, which provides higher education counseling, life skills training and mentorship opportunities to 11th- and 12th-graders from G.W. Carver and Booker T. Washington High Schools. Hill previously worked as director of volunteer services for Cool Girls Inc. in Atlanta.

51. Regions Insurance Expands in Memphis -

The recent expansion of the employee benefits practice of Regions Insurance in Memphis involved the addition of Stuart Zalowitz and Jonathan Frisch, owners of Zalowitz Frisch Benefits Group, along with a team of associates.

52. Lee Joins MOGA’s DeSoto Office -

Dr. Daniel Lee has joined the DeSoto office of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC. Lee provides comprehensive women’s health services, including office gynecology, obstetrics and surgical management, to women of all ages.

53. AP Survey: Fed's Outlook Correct but Not Solution -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.

They agree with the Fed that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear the Fed will wait too long to raise interest rates and thereby risk stoking inflation or creating asset bubbles.

54. Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.

55. Services Firms See Increased Growth -

U.S. services firms grew at the fastest rate in more than eight years in July, the latest sign of an economy picking up speed in the second half of the year.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its service-sector index jumped to 58.7, up from 56 in June. Any figure above 50 indicates expansion. June's reading is the highest since December 2005. The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers.

56. Springing to Life -

When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.

57. US Services Firms Grow at Fastest Pace in 8 Years -

U.S. services firms grew at the fastest rate in more than eight years in July, the latest sign of an economy picking up speed in the second half of the year.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its service-sector index jumped to 58.7, up from 56 in June. Any figure above 50 indicates expansion. June’s reading is the highest since December 2005. The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers.

58. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

59. Problem Solvers -

Rick Smith is director of property management for Finard Properties, the commercial real estate firm that owns and manages properties such as the landmark Poplar Plaza shopping center at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. Dykes Joins Family Safety Center as Controller -

Janet Dykes has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as controller. In her new role, she is responsible for all finance, accounting and human resources functions, in addition to providing leadership and coordination in the organization’s administrative, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts.

63. Hospitals Reach Out to Attract Affluent Immigrants -

HOUSTON (AP) – The menu includes pork or chicken dumplings, fried rice or chicken congee soup with jasmine rice and ginger. It's an enviable repast that diners take in bed – hospital beds.

64. Head Joins CBU as Chief Financial Officer -

Carolyn Head is the new chief financial officer and vice president for administration and finance at Christian Brothers University.

65. Head Joins CBU as Chief Financial Officer -

Carolyn Head is the new chief financial officer and vice president for administration and finance at Christian Brothers University.

66. US Service Sector Grew at Slower Pace in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded more slowly in February as hiring levels declined in a cautionary sign for the economy coming out of winter.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its service-sector index fell to 51.6 from 54 in January. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

67. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

68. Ellis Joins State Systems As Sales Executive -

Alisa Ellis has joined State Systems Inc. as a low voltage sales executive. She brings 16 years of telecommunications experience to the company, which offers protection products and services, including fire protection equipment, training and cleaning services, as well as technology services such as network integration, cabling systems and wireless support.

69. US Service Sector Expands on Gain in New Orders -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded at a slightly faster pace in January. New orders, sales and hiring showed strength in a sign that financial firms, retailers and information technology companies foresee stronger growth.

70. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

71. Little Outlines Options for City’s Pension Liability -

Changing retirement and health care benefits for city of Memphis employees going forward is a given, said city Chief Administrative Officer George Little this week.

72. Gold Strike Promotes Slade to PR Manager -

Elizabeth Slade has been promoted to public relations manager at Gold Strike Casino Resort. In her new role at the MGM Resorts International property, Slade will lead in developing and executing integrated marketing communication plans with components such as media relations, social media strategy, community partnerships and brand management.

73. Wunderlich Caps 2013 With Big Investment -

In October, Wunderlich Securities Inc. CEO Gary Wunderlich traveled to Washington to testify in front of a congressional panel about promoting capital formation and job creation on behalf of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

74. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

75. US Service Sector Grows at Slower Pace Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service sector firms grew in November at the weakest pace since June, evidence that cautious spending by consumers and businesses may be slowing growth.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday its service-sector index fell to 53.9 in November, down from 55.4 in October. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. The index hit an eight-year high of 58.6 in August.

76. Government Diagnosis: HealthCare.gov on the Mend -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage – if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.

The Health and Human Services Department released a progress report Sunday on its effort get the troubled HealthCare.gov website on the mend. Administration officials said the worst of the online glitches, bugs and delays may be over.

77. 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.

78. Nelson Takes New Role at Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence -

Amanda C. Nelson has joined the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence as director of consulting, a newly created position. Nelson will oversee, coordinate and promote the alliance’s management consulting services, and manage its three-year capacity-building program, the Program for Nonprofit Excellence.

79. Obama Officials Upbeat About Health Site Fixes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There won't be a magic moment, but the Obama administration's much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday.

80. Events -

The Urban Child Institute will open “The Early Advantage,” its early childhood brain development awareness exhibit, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. The exhibit will be on display through mid-February 2014. Visit urbanchildinstitute.org.

81. Events -

The Memphis chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Cost is $22. RSCP to sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

82. Inman Joins Next Day Access as Franchise Manager -

Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.

83. Williams Honored by Tennessee Urban Forestry Council -

Laurie Williams, adult education coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden, was recently awarded the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s President’s Award for her contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Williams was one of seven individuals the urban forestry council honored this year.

84. 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.

85. Coopwood Lays Out Future of Health Care -

Health care was the hot topic Thursday, Sept. 19, as nearly 150 people gathered in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium to discuss the current landscape and impending changes in that field.

Health Care: The State of the Industry – one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series – attracted a variety of professionals, most of them from outside the medical realm. They included lawyers, architects, administrative professionals, Realtors, assisted-living specialists and bankers, among others, and most of them were eager to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it would affect them. Others came to be inspired.

86. 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.

87. Woeppel Named CEO of UT Medical Group -

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.

88. Community Health Systems Plans $3.9 Billion Acquisition -

Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems Inc. plans to spend $3.9 billion to acquire Health Management Associates Inc. in a deal that would create a giant U.S. hospital chain just as the health care overhaul starts funneling millions of newly insured people into the health care system.

89. Advisory Board to Examine Community Health Needs -

Dr. David Stern, executive dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, has launched a unique effort to address community health needs in Memphis.

“It’s my belief that a medical school has a very unique opportunity to interact with the community,” Stern said. “I consider our community to be a very important laboratory – it is an underserved, minority community that is in ill health. The biggest contribution we can make is to move the needle on overall community health and to develop new methods that we can apply to other communities like Memphis.”

90. Daniels Takes on New Role at Greater Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Amy Daniels to the newly created position of senior vice president, membership and communications. Daniels, who has worked at the chamber for 17 years, will now oversee the membership department while continuing in her prior role, leading the communications and programming department.

91. Removing Stigmas -

Mental illness and addiction are common in the Mid-South and the rest of the nation, but about 60 percent of Americans don’t receive treatment.

Nationally, about one in five Americans experienced mental illness in the past year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations National Survey on Drug Use and Health released in January 2012. Only about four in 10 people experiencing mental illness received treatment in the last year, the survey also found.

92. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Nancy Coffee, president and CEO of the New Memphis Institute, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

93. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Monica Everrett, human resources training coordinator at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will present “Dressing Smart.” Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to nicole.huss@ipaper.com or 419-4818.

94. Bank of America Executive: Small Business is on the Comeback -

NEW YORK (AP) – Robb Hilson's job as head of small business banking at Bank of America is to convince small business owners that the bank wants to do business with them.

That's not easy when small businesses have consistently said in surveys that they find it hard to get loans from banks, and when banks have become more cautious about lending to small companies following the recession. But in the 18 months Hilson has been on the job at the nation's second-largest bank it has had some success with its 3.2 million small business customers. Last year, Bank of America made $8.7 billion in new loans to small businesses, up 28 percent from 2011.

95. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development -

Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

96. APNewsbreak: States Fear Loss of Health Care Aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say.

97. 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.

98. Harold Ford Sr. Buys Sycamore View Property -

1670 Sycamore View Road Memphis, TN 38134

Sale Amount: $1.8 million

Sale Date: April 8, 2013

99. US Service Firms Grow More Slowly, Hiring Weakens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two reports Wednesday showed that U.S. service companies grew more slowly in March and private employers pulled back on hiring. The declines suggest businesses may have grown more cautious last month after federal spending cuts took effect.

100. Cooper Focused on Improving MED Processes -

Several months into her new role at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Susan Cooper is focusing on what she calls “quick wins” to improve the quality of patient care throughout the regional health system.