published Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Business Digest: Brock & Spencer add Landers

Brock & Spencer add Landers

Brock & Spencer Benefits, LLC, the employee benefits arm of Brock Insurance Agency, has added Katie Landers as the new voluntary benefits specialist. In her role, Lander's primary focus will be to assist Brock's current and new clients in providing supplemental plans for a more comprehensive benefits package.

Landers has been in the voluntary benefits world for six years as an Aflac regional account manager. Landers has been awarded the top Aflac associate in the Chattanooga market five years running and has qualified for numerous Aflac National Conventions. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious President's Club award for being one of the top associates in the country. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


Wacker awards Bradley scholarship

Wacker Polysilicon is awarding a scholarship to high school seniors in Bradley County.

The Wacker Science Award is a $1,000 scholarship, applied directly to college tuition, for the most eligible student who submits an essay which best answers the following question: "Why do you wish to pursue science or engineering after high school?" Information about the college student assistance from Wacker is available at www.wacker.com/science-award.


Young earns certification

Dr. J. Christopher Young at Siskin Hospital is now board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Young co-directs Siskin Hospital's Stroke Recovery Aftercare Program. He provides advanced expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders including dementia, stroke, movement disorders, traumatic brain injury and cognitive effects of chronic medical illness. He also provides evaluation and consultation services for a wide range of medicolegal issues pertaining to neurocognitive dysfunction.

Young earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Mississippi.


Crisp joins Salvation Army

As a seasonal volunteer coordinator for The Salvation Army during Christmas 2013, Stacey Crisp now joins The Salvation Army as the director of volunteer services and special events.

"Stacey brings years of experience in event planning to this position," said Kimberly George, director of marketing for the Salvation Army. "I know she is exactly who we need to manage our robust volunteer team and continue to grow it along with our events."

Crsip is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in marketing.


Mantone certified master analyst

Pam Mantone was recently certified by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts as a master analyst in financial forensics.

Ms. Mantone is a senior manager with Decosimo, providing litigation support services with emphasis on forensic accounting and fraud examinations. She also practices in areas of audit and attestation primarily serving not-for-profit organizations, governments and financial institutions.

The credential, according the NACVA website, "is designed to provide assurance to the legal and business communities--the primary users of financial forensics services--that the designee possesses a level of experience and knowledge deemed acceptable by the Association to provide competent and professional financial forensic support services."

"Pam has been a true pioneer in the area of forensic accounting, and her effort in earning the MAFF designation demonstrates her desire to further her expertise in an area of accounting that continues to grow in its importance," said Nick Decosimo, managing partner for the Decosimo accounting firm.


Erlanger expands academic urology

Erlanger Health System has opened its third location of urologists at Erlanger on Spring Creek Road. The new site will provide cutting-edge treatments for all ages, including pediatric urology, complex pelvic floor dysfunction, male infertility, andrology and sexual dysfunction as well as the most advanced minimally invasive treatments for urological cancers including kidney-sparing cancer surgery and urinary bladder surgery.

Academic urologists joining Erlanger at Spring Creek Road include Dr. Anand Shridharani who received a medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, specializing in diagnosing and offering state-of-the-art treatments for disorders of male reproduction, male hypogonadism, erectile dysfunction, and Peyronie's disease; Dr. Colin Goudelocke is board-certified and fellowship-trained in urology and earned his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans; Dr. Amar Singh, who received his medical degree from the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y., specializing in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) renal surgeries as well as robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy and cystoprostatectomy, with urinary diversion and Dr. Argil Wheelock, who earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and has served as captain and medical officer in the U.S. Army.


Brown appointed at Parkridge

Parkridge Health System has appointed Tammy J. Brown as director of physician relations for surgical services. In her new role, Brown will work closely with Chattanooga-area surgeons who practice at Parkridge Health System facilities. She has 20 years of experience in the Parkridge system including nine years as director of physician relations.

"Tammy has been a vital member of our team for many years and we are excited to have her in this position," said Jim Coleman, chief operating officer at Parkridge. "She has the experience and expertise to facilitate the continued growth of Parkridge Health System's surgery programs."

Brown holds a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Covenant College.


Carlson directs Gig Tank project

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) has hired Victoria Carlson as the newest project director for the Gig Tank, the area's accelerator for next-generation tech startups. In her new role, Carlson will oversee Gig Tank's healthcare track and provide support with general programming and project coordination.

"We are delighted to have a leader of Victoria's caliber on our GigTank team," said Mike Bradshaw, executive director of CO.LAB. "She brings a wealth of experience in healthcare marketing, consulting and strategic thinking to our program, as well as a strong background in project management and creative development."

Over the course of her career, Carlson has worked with a number of major healthcare clients, is a former advertising design manager and art director, and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Carlson has served as a freelance innovation specialist for Gerald Haman at Solution People, where she provided creativity training and team development support. She won the Gold Annual Healthcare Advertising Award in 2010 and the Bronze Aster in 2009.

Carlson has a bachelor's degree in design from State University of New York at Purchase. She earned her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland at College Park.


Memorial earns reaccreditation

Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospital Hixson have received full chest pain center reaccreditation.

As accredited chest pain centers, Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospital Hixson have met or exceeded a wide set of stringent criteria and went through an onsite review by a team of Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which the SCPC must demonstrate expertise include: integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system; assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly; having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care; ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training; and continually seeking to improve processes and procedures.

"The hospital's goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of people experiencing heart attacks by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment," said Dr. Kevin Lewis, Memorial's chief medical officer.

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