published Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Walker, Holesinger join local law firm

Walker, Holesinger join local law firm

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has added two at-torneys to its Chattanooga office.

Melanie Walker joins Baker Donelson as an associate in the advocacy department, representing clients in various types of litigation. She is a 2009 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Walker worked as an immigration paralegal, assisting a wide range of clients with their employment and family immigration issues.

David J. Holesinger also is joining the firm as an associate in the advocacy department, where he works on a wide variety of business-to-business litigation matters. He is a 2007 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Holesinger clerked for Chief Judge John C. Cook in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Brigham is Edward Jones adviser

Jake Brigham has been hired as an Edward Jones financial adviser and will service the Collegedale/Ooltewah area.

Brigham was hired after an extensive screening process, according to Jim Weddle, managing partner of the firm.

“We carefully select the best of the best,” Weddle said. “After being hired, our financial advisers go through one of the most rigorous training programs in the industry, involving three months of 10-hour days, six days a week.”

Brigham works on a variety of customized solutions for helping clients prepare for retirement, live in retirement, save for major purchases, fund a child’s or grandchild’s education and transfer assets.

Life Care honors Cleveland workers

Life Care Centers of America honored two Cleveland, Tenn.-based associates with awards for excellence during its recent management meeting.

Mike Pigg, field controller for Life Care’s Eastern Division, received the companywide Division Support Award. Ken Bolin, controller for Life Care’s Cumberland Region, received one of two President’s Awards for the Eastern Division.

“Mike and Ken are individuals who have remarkable professional talent, and they are driven by an unwavering commitment to providing the best possible service to our residents through the exceptional support they provide to our facility teams,” Life Care President Beecher Hunter said.

Advanced Surgical gains accreditation

Advanced Surgical Concepts home office of James E. White, MD, and Vincent W. Gardner, MD, has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

The recognition means that Advanced Surgical Concepts has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality outpatient surgical health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Advanced Surgical Concepts attained the highest award, three-year full accreditation.

“Even though accreditation is not mandatory in the state of Tennessee, we at Advanced Surgical Concepts felt strong that we voluntarily affirm the high standard of care that give to our patients,” White said.

Advanced Surgical Concepts is at 7746 Shallowford Road, suite 205, directly across from Hamilton County YMCA, in the Hamilton Place mall area.

Love wins award from THCA

Doyle Love, executive director at Life Care Center of East Ridge, recently received the Tennessee Health Care Association’s Distinguished Professional Service Award.

The award recognizes a person in long-term care for civic involvement and contributing to the positive image of the field.

Love was praised for his leadership within the American College of Health Care Administrators and his support for the Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Operation Christmas Child, Operation Homefront, the Brain Injury Association of Tennessee support group in Chattanooga, the Craniofacial Foundation of America and Student Life.

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