VOL. 130 | NO. 177 | Friday, September 11, 2015
Resurrection Health Acquires Residency Program
Resurrection Health has acquired a nationally recognized family medicine residency program formerly hosted through Christ Community Health Services.
The news comes less than a year after Resurrection opened its first health center. The three-year residency program, called Resurrection Family Medicine, was one of a select few programs in the U.S. funded through the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. That’s a $230 million, five-year initiative as part of the Affordable Care Act that was created to increase the number of primary care residents trained in community-based settings.
Resurrection Family Medicine has the capacity to train 24 residents each year in multiple disciplines along the family medicine and primary care spectrum. Residents will train at three area teaching hospitals and health care providers, including Regional One Health, Baptist Memorial Health Care and Delta Medical Center. The residency program’s base will be at Resurrection Health’s current space at Delta Medical Center.
– Andy Meek
Pinnacle Financial Partners’ Memphis Team Grows to 13
The Pinnacle Financial Partners team in Memphis – being assembled as a result of the Nashville-based company’s acquisition of Memphis-based Magna Bank – has grown to 13.
Pinnacle has added Phil Gray and Sherry Wood as senior vice presidents and financial advisers. They’re joining Pinnacle’s Memphis office on Quail Hollow Road, the latest additions to a team launched with a group that moved from First Tennessee in April.
Gray, who has 15 years of financial services experience, comes most recently from Bank of America. During his eight years there, his roles included serving as a commercial banking client manager and a treasury solutions officer. Gray also was a member of Bank of America’s Memphis market leadership council.
Wood has 18 years of experience and brings an 11-year career from First Tennessee to Pinnacle. At First Tennessee, she was a branch manager.
Pinnacle and Magna completed their merger Sept. 1. Magna will operate as a division of Pinnacle Bank until November, when the firms are scheduled to combine their operations.
– Andy Meek
Memphis Gets $1.9 Million for Rape Kit Testing
The city of Memphis was awarded $1.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday, Sept. 10, for rape kit testing.
The city applied for the funding; U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen led the move in Congress to create the pool of funding and increase it by $5 million last year.
The Justice Department’s National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is a competitive grant program with a goal to reform the procedure local jurisdictions use in processing rape kits. Its specific focus is unsubmitted rape kits that have never been sent to a crime lab.
The Memphis Police Department and the city have been processing a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits dating back to the late 1970s that were either partially tested or not tested at all. The effort to clear the backlog is more than halfway through.
– Bill Dries
Early Vote Ends Saturday in Arlington and Lakeland
Early voting in the 2015 Arlington and Lakeland elections ends Saturday, Sept. 12., preceding election day next week.
Arlington voters are electing aldermen and school board members, and Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman is running unopposed for re-election.
Lakeland voters are electing town commissioners and school board members.
The bulk of the early voter turnout in both Arlington and Lakeland is expected to come Saturday, which is the only day to vote early at locations in the two suburbs.
Arlington’s early voting location is at Arlington United Methodist Church, 6145 Quintard St. Lakeland’s early voting location is at Lakeland Elementary School, 10050 Oakseed Lane.
Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Polls on the Thursday, Sept. 17 election day are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
– Bill Dries
Kroger Delta Division to Host Job Fair for Veterans
The Kroger Co. will host a nationwide job fair Tuesday, Sept. 15, aimed at hiring veterans and their families.
Kroger’s Memphis-based Delta Division has 700 jobs open for qualified applicants. Nationally, Kroger is hiring to fill 20,000 jobs.
Veterans and family members should fill out an application at jobs.kroger.com by Sunday, Sept. 13, and return it to a local store Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Kroger has hired more 29,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its company-wide Honoring Our Heroes program.
– Daily News staff