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VOL. 129 | NO. 181 | Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses

By Kate Simone

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Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.

Hometown: Millington


Experience: I’ve worked in the health care field since 1994, including positions as an emergency room nurse, a home health nurse, a labor and delivery nurse, and director of nursing for a private HHA. Currently I’m the associate vice president for Meritan and administrator of Meritan’s Home Health Services.

Family: Married; 3 children – Kelly, Andy & Hunter

Favorite quote: “Life is not measured by number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”

Favorite movie: “The Wizard of Oz”

The sports team you root for: Louisiana State University

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Elton John

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Bunko, personal time at the lake, and time with family no matter where it is.

What talent do you wish you had? To play the piano.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother. She taught me to have a good work ethic, to be kind and compassionate, to handle my business affairs fairly and with grace, and to enjoy life.

What is the role of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association? These are organizations that represent the nation’s health care industry, and they also serve as a liaison for nurses and the health care industry at a national level.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? That’s a simple question to answer: Being a good mother for three wonderful children.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Helping people and taking care of those in need. I also enjoy serving as a voice and advocate for people unable to represent themselves.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? I’ll borrow a line from Kacey Musgraves’ lyrics: “Follow your arrow wherever it points.”


Dr. John Planchon, associate professor of commerce and business at Rhodes College, has been awarded the college’s 2014 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. Planchon joined Rhodes in 1986 and has served in a number of roles, including dean of academic affairs, associate dean, and director of the Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning, among other positions.

Dr. Amelia Bailey has joined Fertility Associates of Memphis as director of minimally invasive surgery. Bailey recently completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

John V. Faraci, chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper, has been named chairman of the Denison University board of trustees. Faraci is a 1972 graduate of Denison and has served as a trustee since 2003.


Charles Key has joined LifeLinc Anesthesia as general counsel. Key has more than 30 years of experience in health care. He brings with him a six-year relationship with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, where he will remain of counsel.

Mark Loft has joined the Memphis headquarters of Wunderlich Securities Inc. as a financial adviser. Loft has provided investment services for more than 27 years with Dean Witter, Citigroup Global Markets/Smith Barney and UBS.

Winston A. Granville, associate academic dean for Concorde Career College Memphis, has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Respiratory Care as a representative of respiratory care therapists. Granville was director of Concorde Memphis’ respiratory therapy program for six years and has served as associate academic dean for the past year.

Blair Roberts has been named chief executive officer of Summit Holdings, and Justin Fink has been named its president. Roberts is one of Summit Holdings’ three founding partners. Fink has served as the company’s senior vice president, truck sales.

Inferno has promoted Derrick Alston to art director, Brandon Davis to copywriter and Amy Lind to senior art director. Alston joined inferno in May 2012 as a graphic design intern and was hired as junior art director a month later. Davis joined inferno as a junior copywriter in 2013. Lind joined in 2009 as a graphic design intern and most recently served as art director.

Joey Pippin of Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors has become licensed as a certified public accountant.

James Vanderpool has joined the Metal Museum as its new foundry manager. Vanderpool has been a professor of art at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University, and he serves as vice president of the board of directors for Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry, Ind.

Jeff Weintraub of Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Memphis office has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Weintraub has been listed in the guide for 20 years.

Sixteen attorneys from Evans Petree PC have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. They are: W. Kerby Bowling, Frank N. Stockdale Carney, David J. Cocke, Leonard C. Dunavant Jr., Paul F.T. Edwards, C. Bradford Foster III, Joseph F. Getz, Russell J. Hensley, John W. McQuiston II, John F. Murrah, Caren Beth Nichol, W. Lytle Nichol IV, Richard E.M. Nichol Jr., David C. Porteous, Joel B. Sklar and E. Woods Weathersby.

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