VOL. 130 | NO. 242 | Monday, December 14, 2015
FDA Signs Off on Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed off on new spine surgery uses for Medtronic’s Infuse Bone Graft.
Once the company gets final labeling approval from the FDA for its product, Medtronic expects to start marketing the expanded use cases early next year.
Infuse Bone Graft is used with certain Medtronic interbody fusion devices to treat lumbar degenerative disc disease. The condition can cause back and/or leg pain, as well as functional problems like tingling or numbness in the legs or buttocks or difficulty walking.
Infuse Bone Graft is FDA-approved for certain spine, oral-maxillofacial and orthopedic trauma surgeries. For those surgeries, it can offer benefits that include eliminating the need to harvest bone from the patient's body in a secondary procedure, shorter operating times and proven rates of fusion or bone formation.
– Andy Meek
University of Memphis Promotes Health Through Architecture
Five departments of the University of Memphis are now members of the American Institute of Architects’ Design & Health Research Consortium.
The partnership works to improve public health by drawing out its connections to lived environment and architecture.
The University of Memphis School of Public Health as well as the departments of Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Engineering, Criminology and Criminal Justice were chosen to be part of the consortium.
Over the next three years, the Architects Foundation, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, AIA and its partners will provide institutional support and capacity building to the new consortium members through local and national partnerships, events and funding opportunities.
The consortium’s six approaches – of environmental quality, natural systems, physical activity, safety, sensory environments and social connectedness – look to bridge the gap between physical environment and health opportunities that facilitate positive, healthy behaviors.
– Madeline Faber
New Role Created for Baptist Vice President
Beverly Jordan has been named vice president and chief information and transformation officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care.
It’s a newly created role for Jordan, a longtime vice president who led the implementation of Baptist’s electronic medical record initiative. She’ll continue to oversee Baptist’s electronic medical record initiative, Baptist OneCare, and nursing and pharmacy informatics, but she will also lead Baptist’s information technology department.
Jordan first joined Baptist in 1977 and has held a number of leadership roles during her tenure, including chief nursing officer of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and the Baptist system.
– Andy Meek
Stanton Draws Challengers at Clerk’s Race Deadline
General Sessions Court clerk Ed Stanton has opposition in the March 1 Democratic and Republican primaries for clerk.
At the Thursday, Dec. 10, filing deadline for the only local race on the ballot with the Tennessee Presidential primary, Richard Morton was the only candidate to file in the Republican primary.
Morton, an employee of the Shelby County Probate Court clerk’s office, advances to the August county general election since he is unopposed.
Meanwhile, Stanton drew two challengers in the March Democratic primary at the deadline: Del Gill and William Stovall, both former appointed employees of the General Sessions Court clerk’s office. Stanton also is running in the Democratic primary.
Independent candidate William Chism, who has run for several city and county offices in recent years, also filed by the noon deadline and advances to the August general election ballot.
The candidates who filed and qualified by the Thursday deadline have another week – to noon Dec. 17 – to withdraw from the primaries if they wish.
– Bill Dries
Three New Deals for Collierville Shopping Center
The Shops of Collierville at Houston Levee is now 100 percent occupied following three new deals recently inked.
The Joint chiropractic clinic will take the 1,695-square-foot bay at 3592 South Houston Levee Road. Eric Furhman with Crye Leike represented the tenant.
ABC Phones of North Carolina will open a Verizon Wireless retail shop in a 1,683-square-foot bay at 3574 Houston Levee.
And the Nail Bar will take a 2,408-square-foot bat at 3574 Houston Levee. Brandon Buchanan with the Buchanan Realty Group represented the Nail Bar.
Robert Sloan and Shawn Massey with The Shopping Center Group represented the landlord in all the deals. The new shops are set to open in first quarter 2016.
The at-capacity shopping center also includes Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza, which opened in late November; Sport Clips, which opened early November and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which will open in January.
– Madeline Faber
YMCA Holds Grand Opening for Renovated Davis YMCA
The Davis YMCA at 4727 Elvis Presley Blvd. and the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South held a grand opening for the recently renovated wellness facility Friday, Dec. 11.
The Davis Wellness Center will include state-of-the-art Matrix cardio equipment, a weight area, aerobic studio, expanded child watch and lockers to hold small valuables.
The original Davis YMCA was built in 1959 and later added the outdoor pool facility in 1968. In 1995, the Kemmons-Wilson Family Life Center was opened and will now serve as the wellness and program center for the Davis YMCA.
– Andy Meek
Norvell Adds Another Assistant to Memphis Football Staff
David Johnson, the tight ends and running backs coach at Tulane University the past four seasons, has been hired by new University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell.
Johnson will be the third hire for Norvell’s coaching staff, joining current interim head coach Darrell Dickey and defensive coach Dan Lanning.
“David Johnson is deeply tied to Southern Louisiana and the state of Mississippi,” Norvell said in a statement. “He is a legendary high school coach in New Orleans and also brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience. He coached multiple positions at Millsaps College and, more recently, at Tulane.”
At Tulane, Johnson helped guide then-freshman tight end Charles Jones and freshman running back Sherman Badie to Freshman All-America honors.
Johnson came to Tulane after a three-year tenure as the head coach/offensive coordinator and receivers coach at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. Prior to his high school coaching stint, Johnson served as the wide receivers/tight ends/special teams (returns) coach and recruiting coordinator for Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.
– Don Wade