VOL. 131 | NO. 170 | Thursday, August 25, 2016
Methodist Signs $12.9M Technology Contract
Methodist Healthcare has signed a $12.9 million technology contract with Johnson Controls, the North American headquarters of which is in Milwaukee, to help modernize Methodist University Hospital, the system’s flagship.
The partnership is part of a $280 million modernization project that will restructure the campus and centralize clinical services. The expansion plan adds 440,000 square feet to the hospital’s campus and includes a new nine-story patient tower to be constructed as an overbuild on top of the existing emergency department.
Methodist will also invest in state-of-the-art health care equipment and is making the Johnson Controls technology integration solution a key component of the new construction.
Johnson Controls will incorporate a variety of technologies throughout the new tower, helping Methodist Healthcare improve its overall efficiency with integrated business, clinical and building systems. Construction of the new patient tower is expected to start in January and be completed in the spring of 2019.
– Andy Meek
Downtown Animal Hospital Moving to Victorian Village
Downtown Animal Hospital will relocate from its current facility at 347 N. Third St. in the Pinch District to 660 Jefferson Ave. in Victorian Village.
The Downtown practice – which recently formed a strategic partnership with The Pet Hospitals, a collective of Memphis-area veterinary practices – expects to make the move in late August, with the new facility opening the week of Aug. 29.
With the move, Downtown Animal Hospital will begin offering boarding and doggie day care as well as professional grooming services. The larger facility also will have expanded hours for weekend appointments.
Dr. Jackie Courtney will join practicing vets Dr. Susanne Heartsill and Dr. Trudy Dunlap at the Downtown location. Courtney’s specialties include critical pet care, internal medicine and exotic animal medicine.
The Pet Hospitals has made recent hires at two of its other clinics. Dr. Lindsey Brown, whose focus areas include preventive care, client education and feline medicine, will join the Cordova location at 1144 N. Houston Levee Road. Dr. Raelyn Pirtle, a specialist in internal medicine, infectious diseases, oncology and diagnostic imaging, will join the East Memphis location at 6300 Poplar Ave.
– Madeline Faber
LeadershipWorks Conference Draws National Speakers
Nonprofit LoveWorks will host its one-day LeadershipWorks Conference on Friday, Aug. 26. The event brings together national thought leaders charged with inspiring Memphis residents to be better leaders.
Speakers include Ken Blanchard, author of “The One Minute Manager” and co-founder of Lead Like Jesus; Mick Ukleja, author of “Managing the Millennials” and founder and president of LeadershipTraQ; former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins; and Laurie Tucker, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Calade Partners and a personal branding expert.
The conference runs from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Highpoint Church, 6000 Briarcrest Ave.
Visit leadershipworksconference.org for information on how to register.
– Madeline Faber
Council Votes Down Residency Requirement Referendum
Memphis City Council members voted down on third and final reading Tuesday, Aug. 23, a referendum ordinance that would have put a new residency requirement for city employees to voters on the November ballot.
Only councilmen Martavius Jones, who sponsored the measure, and Edmund Ford voted for the referendum on a requirement that all future full-time city employees must live in the city.
The next opportunity for such a referendum would be in 2018.
But the council approved a resolution by councilwoman Patrice Robinson to form a task force to work with the deannexation task force to discuss the residency issue.
The current city requirement is that city employees must live within Shelby County.
In other action Tuesday, the council approved a resolution by Jones urging the Tennessee Valley Authority to abandon any plans to drill a water well into the Memphis Sands aquifer to supply water for the TVA plant being built at Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.
The natural gas plant is to replace the nearby Allen Fossil Plant.
And council members delayed action on $150,000 in funding for the Overton Park Conservancy, citing a lawsuit filed against the council earlier this year alleging the council violated the state Open Meetings Law in the Overton Park Greensward controversy.
Councilman Berlin Boyd said the conservancy was involved in the filing of the lawsuit filed by two citizens. The OPC is not a plaintiff in the Chancery Court action that was recently dismissed.
Boyd and other council members say they will hold up the OPC funding until the plaintiffs agree to end the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it could not be refiled. The lawsuit has been dismissed without prejudice, meaning it could be refiled in the next year.
Jones said there is no proof or evidence the OPC was involved in the lawsuit and he argued that tying up conservancy funding is “trying to silence any kind of opposition.”
The council approved a set of 5 resolutions totaling $4.2 million in capital funding for various technology projects of the city’s Information Services division.
– Bill Dries
Free Teen Driving Program Comes to Memphis Raceway
On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, the B.R.A.K.E.S. free defensive driving program will be offered at Memphis International Raceway as part of the weekend’s World Series of Drag Racing event.
B.R.A.K.E.S., which stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe, is a nonprofit 501(c)3 founded in 2008 by Top Fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert after he lost his two young sons, Jon and James, in a car crash. B.R.A.K.E.S. has instructed more than 20,000 teens since its inception.
The free driving program will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the race track, 5500 Victory Lane in Millington.
The driving school is for teens ages 15 to 19 who have a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license and at least 30 hours of experience driving, and all students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
According to a recent study, B.R.A.K.E.S. graduates are 64 percent less likely to crash in their first three years of driving.
Visit putonthebrakes.org for more information or to register for any of the four sessions.
– Don Wade