Memphis Heart Clinic Expands Into More Cities

Memphis Heart Clinic opened a satellite clinic in Clarksdale, Miss., last week and will open another one in Union City on Thursday.

Memphis Heart Clinic also has satellite offices in Batesville and Holly Springs, Miss., and Brighton. Its clinics with fully staffed hours are in East Memphis and Southaven.

The practice has 16 cardiology specialists.

Oak Spring Baptist Borrows $3.2M for Renovations

Oak Spring Baptist Church has taken out a $3.2 million construction loan from Renasant Bank for renovations to its location at 10250 Godwin Road in Arlington.

The construction deed of trust includes a security agreement and fixture filing.

The renovations are being made to the oldest part of the church, a church representative said.

“We’re making our building look like one building,” she said. “We recently completed our first construction in 2005, (for) our multipurpose center, and now we’re reconstructing for our Children’s Church Ministry.”

The 1.31-acre property on the south side of Godwin Road near the intersection of W. Van Road was quitclaimed, or transferred, to the church in 2003.

The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2008 appraisal of the land, without the building, was $20,100. That is the most recent appraisal information available for the property.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

Lowery, Herenton To Discuss Job Changeover

Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery is scheduled to meet with Memphis mayor Willie Herenton today to talk about the coming mayoral transition.

Lowery will be sworn in Friday as mayor pro tempore on Herenton’s resignation effective Friday. Lowery has assembled a transition team, and he wants to talk to Herenton in-depth to get a handle on City Hall details he needs to know.

Also Friday, the City Council will consider whatever appointments Lowery has recommended for various city positions, and Lowery also wants the public to come to City Hall to meet division directors and various city officials in an open-house setting.

Private Health Coverage At 50-Year Low

The percentage of Americans who don’t have private health insurance has hit its lowest mark in 50 years, according to two new government reports.

About 65 percent of non-elderly Americans had private insurance in 2008, down from 67 percent the year before, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s bad news,” said Kenneth Thorpe, a health policy researcher at Emory University in Atlanta.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, nearly 80 percent of Americans had private coverage, according to CDC officials.

Some experts blamed the faltering economy and corporate decisions to raise health insurance premiums – or do away with employee coverage – as the main drivers of the recent data.

However, public coverage of adults is rising in some states, because of programs such as Medicaid expanding eligibility. So not all the adults without private coverage are uninsured, Thorpe said.

Indeed, the CDC estimated that about 44 million Americans were uninsured last year — nearly the same as CDC estimates for other recent years.

The CDC also reported on insurance coverage in the 20 largest states, and found the percent of uninsured people ranged from 3 percent in Massachusetts to 23 percent in Texas. Lack of health insurance was greatest in the South and West.

Private coverage rates for people younger than 65 ranged from 79 percent in Massachusetts to 56 percent in Florida, the CDC reported.

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Lifeblood Hosts M*A*S*H Bash

Lifeblood is hosting its 13th annual M*A*S*H Bash celebration until Saturday.

All blood donors during this period will receive a commemorative M*A*S*H Bash T-shirt, food and a complimentary blood pressure check.

Lifeblood is the Memphis region’s only nonprofit volunteer blood center and supplies more than 100,000 units of blood and blood products each year for local transfusions. For more details, visit or call 529-6320.