published Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Business Digest: Memorial names medical officer

Memorial names medical officer

Dr. Kevin L. Lewis recently joined Memorial Health Care System as chief medical officer.

Previously, Lewis was chief medical officer and chief quality officer for Hillcrest Healthcare System, Tulsa, Okla., a 691-bed health system with more than 5,000 employees and 180 employed physicians.

“A radically different world of health care inspires us to reconsider how we will go beyond delivering exceptional medicine to creating exceptional health,” said James Hobson, Memorial CEO.

Lewis has more than 10 years of experience in private practice pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Lewis earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, served an internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, was a resident at the Oklahoma University College of Medicine, Tulsa, and was a fellow in pulmonary, critical care and sleep at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and University of Kentucky.

Atherton receives award

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    Life Care Centers of America presented its Danette Henry Servant Leader Award to Leigh Atherton, director of public relations, on Dec. 12. From left to right, are Forrest Preston, Life Care founder and chairman, Leigh Atherton, director of public relations, Aaron Atherton, LeighÕs husband, Pati Michels, LeighÕs mother, and Beecher Hunter, Life Care president.
    Photo by Photo by Lifecare Media Center

Life Care Centers of America presented its Danette Henry Servant Leader Award to Leigh Atherton, director of public relations.

The award recognizes an associate at the corporate offices in Cleveland, Tenn., for outstanding customer service to Life Care’s more than 220 facilities nationwide.

“Leigh has a passion for serving our associates throughout the country in pursuit of their caregiving responsibilities,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president.

“She demonstrates that commitment through exercise of her considerable talents in public relations and customer service initiatives, and in leadership of the PR department.”

The Danette Henry Servant Leader Award, originally the Corporate Support Award, was renamed to honor the legacy of Danette Henry, Life Care’s director of payroll who passed away in early 2008. Henry was a two-time winner of the award.

“Receiving an award named after a woman who set the customer service bar so high is a humbling experience,” said Atherton, who has worked at Life Care for five years.

Hutton grows accounting staff

Hutton Co. has added to its accounting and information systems teams.

Dan Foster, Lori Corry and Rebecca Wall have joined the department and Rachael Podhorn was promoted.

“Hutton’s real estate, development and construction teams have expanded so dramatically that the growth in accounting and information systems is necessary to accommodate the company’s needs,” said Rick Langhorne, Hutton’s chief financial officer.

Foster relocated here from Warner Robbins, Ga., and is the director of information systems. He was most recently employed by Infinity Network Solutions as a senior engineer.

Corry joins Hutton as its development controller and Susan Best, already employed by Hutton, remains the construction controller. Corry recently moved here from Greensboro, N.C., where she was the controller for a realty company.

Wall moved from Atlanta to become the property accounting manager for Hutton. Rebecca has most recently been a senior lease portfolio administrator.

Podhorn was promoted to financial analysis manager. She has been at Hutton since April.

Ingalls joins Baker Donelson

Baker Donelson has added Andrew R. Ingalls to its Chattanooga office. He is one of 19 new associates to join Baker Donelson.

Ingalls joins the firm as an associate in the advocacy department where he assists clients in general business litigation matters.

He is a 2013 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law where he was a student editor and an articles editor of the Tennessee Law Review.

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