VOL. 131 | NO. 108 | Tuesday, May 31, 2016
UTHSC Taps Director For Patient Safety Center
Dr. Chad Epps has been named executive director of the new $36.7 million Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center being built at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
He begins the job June 1, and he’ll be the first to lead academic programs in the new building, which is expected to be completed in 2017.
The building will allow students from all six colleges at UTHSC to train together in simulation settings to develop their skills in delivering team-based health care. Using high-tech mannequins and standardized patients – actors who portray patients with a variety of conditions – UTHSC will offer state-of-the-art training under the safest conditions possible.
Each floor of the three-story building will be dedicated to a different aspect of simulation training. The first floor includes bed-skill stations that will allow students to focus on preclinical skills and assessments. There also will be a simulated home environment, where students can practice delivering in-home patient care.
The second floor will house a simulated acute-care setting resembling a hospital environment with patient rooms and a variety of manikins that can simulate everything from surgery to labor and delivery.
The third floor will house the standardized patient program. It will include 24 patient exam rooms, as well as a community pharmacy setting.
– Andy Meek
SCS Board Set to Vote On Carver High Closing
Shelby County Schools board members vote Tuesday, May 31, on a proposal to close Carver High. If approved, the South Memphis school would not reopen this fall.
The SCS board delayed a vote on the closing earlier in May to get more information. At the same meeting, the board also voted to close Northside High School at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, with its students rezoned to Manassas High.
SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson has cited declining enrollment and poor academic performance as the reasons for closing Carver, which was on the chopping block two years ago but survived.
Since the board’s vote was delayed, Hopson has said his recommendation on Carver has not changed. If the board approves the closing, Carver students would attend Hamilton High in the upcoming school year.
– Bill Dries
Cloverleaf Shopping Center Unveils New Look
The owners of the Cloverleaf Shopping Center at Summer Avenue and White Station Road have recently wrapped a major renovation and rebranding of the center.
The new signage and retro logo are meant to be a throwback to the center’s mid-century roots.
“Cloverleaf is an extremely well-located shopping center that needed a fresh look and image,” said David Gottlieb, managing partner of Sigo Partners LLC, in a statement. “The investments we made in our first year of ownership make the center more visible, attractive and welcoming for shoppers, and will benefit our tenants with increased traffic and sales.”
In addition to adding the neon sign and logo, Sigo Partners repainted the buildings, restriped the parking lot to add more spaces, and added LED lighting to improve visibility and energy efficiency.
Sigo Partners will host a free community event on Saturday, June 4, to announce the reopening of the center. Memphis historian Jimmy Ogle will speak on Summer Avenue’s role in Memphis’ development, and Cloverleaf tenants Cash Saver and Pancho’s will have special offerings. Food trucks, music and activities are planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sigo Partners purchased the center from Junior Realty in August for $4.8 million.
– Madeline Faber
Memphian to Compete On ‘Wheel of Fortune’
A Memphian is set to be a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Candyce Thompson, a Memphis dentist and University of Tennessee graduate, will appear on the long-running game show Friday, June 3.
Thompson, who applied to be a contestant at wheeloffortune.com, enjoys traveling and has watched the program since she was a child, according to producers. She hopes to use her winnings to take her mom on the vacation of her dreams.
The “Wheel of Fortune” episode featuring Thompson airs Friday at 6:30 p.m. on WMC-TV.
– Daily News staff
City Council Weighing Budget Amendments
The Memphis City Council budget committee plan to wrap up its work Tuesday, May 31, on the city operating and capital budget proposals for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The committee meets Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. and will hear from nonprofit agencies seeking city grants. Council members also will propose amendments to the budget proposals from Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration.
The committee sessions have been drawing a majority or better of the 13 council members, which makes committee votes a good indication of how the full council is likely to vote. The full council is scheduled to take final votes on both budgets, as well as the city property tax rate and its allocation, at its June 7 meeting.
– Bill Dries
Redbirds, FESJC Team Up For AutoZone Park Theme Night
In conjunction with the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the annual PGA Tour event being held June 6-12 at TPC Southwind, the Memphis Redbirds will turn AutoZone Park into an extension of the course during their Friday, June 3, game against New Orleans.
For $30, fans may purchase a theme ticket that includes a field box ticket for the Redbirds game, which begins at 7:05 p.m., and a one-day ticket to the golf tournament.
Fans are encouraged to dress up and wear golf gear to the game, and there will be unique golf games, activities and contests throughout the game. Also, the first 1,000 fans will receive a special “Hush Y’all/Loud Y’all” paddle, courtesy of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Redbirds players and coaches will wear special golf-themed jerseys and hats, which will be auctioned after the game to benefit the Redbirds Community Fund.
In addition, the game will feature a special Friday edition of postgame fireworks.
“FedEx and St. Jude do so much for our community each and every day, and we are very excited to add some Memphis Redbirds flair and get people excited for the golf tournament,” said Redbirds president and general manager Craig Unger in a statement.
In addition, the June 3 game will feature replica Cardinals 1946 World Series Rings for the first 1,500 fans through the gate.
For more information on the 2016 Redbirds season, call 901-721-6000 or visit memphisredbirds.com.
– Don Wade
Workforce Officials Bringing Job Coaches to Frayser
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the North Frayser Community Center, 2555 St. Elmo Ave., on Tuesday, June 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Coach staff will help area residents complete online applications, create resumes and register on Jobs4TN.
The Career Coach is a mobile center that delivers workforce services to areas in Tennessee that may lack access to workforce-related services. Its mission is to assist both job seekers and employers.
The Frayser event comes as the state reports a record number of available jobs are posted on Jobs4TN.gov, a website created by the Department Labor & Workforce Development.
Nearly 200,000 jobs were posted on the Jobs4TN.gov website in April. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in April.
Middle Tennessee recorded 96,503 openings, almost half the total job openings for the state. West Tennessee had just over 60,000 openings and East Tennessee reported 42,000 job openings.
The occupations represented by these openings include health care, computer and mathematical occupations, management positions, sales jobs, transportation occupations, business and finance, food preparation and serving jobs, personal care, building/grounds cleaning and maintenance jobs. There are a variety of job openings across the state, representing a wide range of educational and skill level requirements.
– Daily News staff