Business Digest: Mutter joins health agency

Business Digest: Mutter joins health agency

July 29th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Business Diary

Mutter joins health agency

Chattanooga cardiologist Mitchell Mutter, M.D., a former chief of staff for Erlanger Health System, will join the Tennessee Department of Health as medical director for special projects this week. Mutter's duties will include liaison services with the Board of Medical Examiners, the Board of Nursing and the Board of Pharmacy.

"Mitchell Mutter is one of our state's most respected physicians and brings the passion and commitment needed to drive improvements affecting the health and well-being of all Tennesseans," Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said. "While he will work with several boards and outside associations, areas of special emphasis for him will be the recently enacted Tennessee Prescription Safety Act and the TDH Controlled Substance Monitoring Database Oversight Committee."

Erlanger President Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, praised Dr. Mutter as "one of Erlanger's strongest advocates, as well as one of Chattanooga's most respected physicians."

Mutter received his medical degree from UT-Memphis. The former UT football player did his internship and residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and later served as chief of cardiology at Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga. He was named the Tennessee Medical Association's outstanding physician in 2007 and also received the Medical Staff Meritorious Service Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association in 2007. Recently he received the 2012 Distinguished Physicians Award from Erlanger Baroness Foundation.

Mutter is a former president of the Hamilton County Medical Society, the Tennessee Heart Association and the Hamilton County Medical Foundation, and is the current president of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. He also founded the Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti, an effort he established after his first trip to that country in 1988 to provide medical services and develop a grassroots nutrition program.

Strode named at Choices

Kristi Strode has been named director of advancement for Choices Pregnancy Resource Center.

Strode has worked in the local nonprofit community for many years, most recently as executive director of St. Andrews Center.

She holds a bachelor's in economics and a master's in professional writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is currently earning a second master's in professional counseling from Liberty University.

Jolley opens spinal clinic

Dr. Jay Jolley has opened Southeastern Spine at 2707 Citico Ave.

Jolley returned to Chattanooga in 2004 to provide spine specialty care for patients with neck and back problems.

A Baylor School graduate, Jolley received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and attended medical school at the University of Tennessee. His served his internship and residency at the UT College of Medicine. He then relocated to Salt Lake City for his spine fellowship in the departments of orthopaedic and neurosurgery at the University of Utah.

Stearns Joins Barnett & Co.

Erin Judge Stearns has recently joined Barnett & Company as a trust specialist.

She will provide estate planning expertise and be a local representative between the firm and other trust companies.

She has spent the last four years working as a trust adviser in the Private Wealth Management Group of a large regional bank.

Stearns holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of South Alabama and a master's in business administration and juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University.

Webb joins orthodontist

Dr. Brian Webb has joined Dr. Tom Flanagan in practice at Flanagan & Webb Orthodontics.

Webb grew up in Clarksville, Tenn., and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2008 and earned his certificate in orthodontics from Louisiana State University College of Dentistry in 2010. He has been working as an orthodontist for the past 2 years in Arkansas and Tennessee.

Raper picked as TWC director

Tennessee Wesleyan College has named Bridgett Raper as the college's director of major gifts and grants.

Raper brings almost 40 years of professional experience to the position, having spent 37 years at Mayfield Dairy, 21 of those years serving as the public relations manager, growing and marketing the brand throughout her time at the company.

As TWC's director of major gifts and grants, Raper will be a liaison between the college and the community, maintaining those relationships while also encouraging partnerships that will better both Tennessee Wesleyan and the Athens community.

Walker accepting applications

The Walker County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 Adult Leadership Walker County Class.

The program provides participants the opportunity to both learn and develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the community. Participants are given an overview of city and county operations, allowed to tour local tourist attractions and businesses, and they are equipped with vital information about government, education, social services and industry.

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