Baptist Names New Hospital Administrator

Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and the adjacent Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital have a new CEO and administrator.

Kevin Hammeran, who most recently served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at New York Presbyterian and in that role was the chief administrative officer of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women, got the job.

Anita Vaughn, a 43-year veteran of the Baptist system, had served as administrator and CEO of both Baptist hospitals and will work as a part-time consultant with the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation on projects related to fundraising for the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital and the continuing development of the Universal Parenting Place housed within Baptist Women’s Hospital.

In his new role, Hammeran will take the lead in facilitating Baptist Children’s Hospital’s relationship with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Monroe Carell has provided the Children's Hospital's pediatric clinical staff with additional opportunities for education, skills and training focused on pediatric care.

– Andy Meek

Campbell Clinic Surgeon Receives Lifetime Award

Dr. Terry Canale, who has practiced orthopaedic surgery at Campbell Clinic for the past four decades, has received a prestigious award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The William W. Tipton Jr. MD Leadership Award is among the highest recognitions awarded by any national health care academy.

Canale garnered the lifetime achievement honor due to his numerous teaching, research and mentoring roles in Memphis and his service as past presidents of both AAOS and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

As a specialty society leader, he instituted the Orthopaedic Learning Center to allow surgeons to safely learn and adopt new surgical skills. As president of AAOS, he designed and implemented the patient communications program, a skills education program for orthopaedic surgeons.

– Madeline Faber

Huey’s Midtown Closing for Renovations

Huey’s Midtown will be closed Monday through Friday, March 7-11, for renovations.

With the help of Traditional Construction and about 15 Huey’s employees, the Midtown location will receive a new vent-a-hood system, a fresh coat of paint inside and outside, and repair to the sidewalks along Madison Avenue. The biggest feature noticeable to guests will be the installation of two large windows on the east graffiti wall, overlooking the patio.

Huey’s Midtown general manager Ashley Hooppaw-Ranson said the new windows will provide more light into the dining room and a better view to diners sitting along the wall.

In the interim, all other Huey’s locations will be open for business as normal.

– Andy Meek

Liberty Bowl to Recognize Archie Manning With Award

The Liberty Bowl will present Archie Manning its Distinguished Citizen Award, an honor the organization considers its most prestigious recognition.

Liberty Bowl officials announced Friday that Manning would be the guest of honor June 19 in Memphis at the kickoff event of the Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Manning will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award at a dinner June 19 at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. A live and silent auction will be part of the evening as well, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude. The Golf Classic will be June 20 at Ridgeway Country Club.

Manning will be the first former Liberty Bowl player to receive this award. Manning, a College Football Hall of Famer, quarterbacked Mississippi to a 34-17 victory over Virginia Tech in the 1968 Liberty Bowl. The All-American at Ole Miss also had his number retired at the university.

“Archie joins a long list of great Americans who have distinguished themselves and reached the pinnacle of their chosen field,” Steve Ehrhart, executive director of the Liberty Bowl, said in a statement. “We are proud to include Archie among the luminaries who have been honored by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl during our long history.”

He has received numerous awards for community service both during his playing career and since his retirement.

– Terry Hollahan

American Airlines Begins MEM-PHX Flights

Nearly four months after announcing a new route between Memphis and Phoenix, American Airlines has begun the daily nonstop flights.

The service between Memphis International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) launched Thursday, March 3, with the first departure from Memphis on Friday.

American on Thursday also began a third frequency between Memphis and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The third frequency will run on weekdays, with two flights a day between MEM and LGA scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Adding another daily nonstop flight to the West and increasing one-stop options for passengers makes this one of our more significant recent service additions,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, in a statement. “We are equally excited about American Airlines providing our passengers with a third frequency to LGA.”

American is using 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft on the Memphis-Phoenix route. Flights leave Memphis at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in Phoenix at 9:09 a.m.; return flights leave Phoenix at 6:50 p.m. and arrive in Memphis at 11:42 p.m.

For the added New York flight, the airline will use a two-class 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft.

– Kate Simone

Tennessee Unemployment Dips to 5.4 Percent

Tennessee’s unemployment rate notched a slight decrease in January, state Labor & Workforce Development commissioner Burns Phillips has announced.

Preliminary figures show the state’s unemployment rate at 5.4 percent for the month, two-tenths of a percentage point lower than the December revised rate of 5.6 percent.

Nationwide, the preliminary rate was 4.9 percent in January, down from 5.0 percent in December.

Total nonfarm employment increased 13,100 jobs from December to January, with the largest increases in retail trade, mining/logging/construction, and professional/business services.

Over the past year, total nonfarm employment added 96,000 jobs; the largest increases were in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and education/health services.

While the number of Tennesseans out of work is down from the previous month, there are still thousands of people across the state searching for employment, the Department of Labor & Workforce Development said, adding that Tennessee employers have more than 100,000 open positions available to qualified applicants among the state’s 95 counties.

– Kate Simone