Carney named director of 911 Emergency District and more Chattanooga-area career moves

  photo  Jeff Carney

Carney named director of 911 Emergency District

Jeff Carney has been named executive director of the 911 Emergency Communications District after working for the district for more than 30 years, including serving since last December as acting executive director after John Stuermer retired from that position.

Carney has overseen day-to-day activities of the district as operations director for the past 15 years. In that capacity, he has been responsible for the direction and overall performance of the Emergency Communications Center. He holds numerous certifications in emergency communications and serves as 1st vice president of the Tennessee Emergency Number Association. He is also chairman of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board's Operations Advisory Committee, a member of the board's Policy Advisory Committee and deputy state coordinator for the Tennessee Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce.

"Jeff brings an extraordinary base of experience to this important role on local, state and national levels," Richard Brown, chairman of the board of directors for the 911 Emergency Communications District said in an announcement of Carney's appointment. "We remain confident that all the citizens of Hamilton County and the partner agencies we serve will continue to receive outstanding emergency services support from an effective, committed and compassionate team of emergency services professionals."

  photo  Bao-Thuy Hoang

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Hoang joins Centennial practice at Parkridge

Dr. Bao-Thuy Hoang, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with 15 years of experience specializing in complex surgery of the heart and lungs, has joined Centennial Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Parkridge.

Hoang previously served as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon and director of thoracic surgery at Cardiac Surgical Associates in Florida. He also served as assistant professor of surgery, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. Prior to that, he served as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at Ocala Health Heart and Lung Surgery in Florida.

"Dr. Hoang brings more than a decade of experience in complex cardiac cases that makes our program one of the most robust in the region," Alison Bailey, chief of cardiology at Centennial Heart at Parkridge, said in a news release. "His skillset and clinical expertise will be an asset to our practice and the patients we serve."

Hoang earned his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He served as chief resident of general surgery at the University of Florida in Jacksonville. He also served as chief resident at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and as a resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

  photo  Casey Dungan

Dungan named president of BlueCare Tennessee

Casey Dungan, who has served as vice president and chief financial officer of BlueCare Tennessee since 2019, will become the organization's new president & CEO on May 1. He succeeds current leader Amber Cambron, who is retiring after 35 years of service with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and a 30-year career with the BlueCare division.

"Casey's experience in the health care industry and the insights he brings from his decade of working in TennCare have already been a great benefit to BlueCare's ongoing partnership with the state," Todd Ray, senior vice president of government programs for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, said in a news release. "I'm confident that experience will serve Casey well at the helm of the BlueCare leadership team."

As president & CEO, Dungan will lead the executive team at BlueCare, assuming responsibility for the organization serving more than 700,000 of Tennessee's most vulnerable residents.

BlueCare Tennessee has managed health care for Tennesseans on behalf of the TennCare Medicaid program since its creation in 1994. The program works proactively to help members overcome obstacles to getting needed care and provides support to communities across the state.

Dungan earned his master's in public administration from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's degree from Duke University.

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