Mooney named vice president of Parkridge business development and more Chattanooga-area career moves

  photo  Chessie Mooney

Mooney named vice president of Parkridge business development

Parkridge Health System has named Chessie Mooney as vice president of business development.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Mooney comes to Parkridge Health from HCA Healthcare's East Florida Division, where she served as director of physician alignment and strategy.

"Chessie brings exceptional leadership and a commitment to health care excellence that will be integral in our mission to serve the Chattanooga community with high-quality health care," said Chris Cosby, CEO and president of Parkridge Health System.

In her new role, Mooney will work with physicians, leaders and colleagues as Parkridge Health continues to grow its services to meet the community's growing health care needs.

"I hold a firm belief in approaching life with integrity while always striving for excellence and giving it all I've got," Mooney said. "I'm excited to join the Parkridge Health System as it continues to lead the way in the Greater Chattanooga community."

Dittus is new Principal Network affiliate

Chattanooga accountant Sandy Dittus has affiliated with the Principal Financial Network of Tennessee Valley.

  photo  Sandy Dittus

Dittus, who has her office in Chattanooga, has an extensive background in the tax industry with two of the largest international accounting firms and has worked as a trust officer in various banks. She is both a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner.

"I am excited to offer holistic planning for my clients," Dittus said in an announcement of her affiliation with the Principal Financial Nework. "I find great reward in helping them reach their financial goals and prepare for their financial future."

Dittus graduated from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, and a Master of Accountancy in taxation. She is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Chattanooga and is the treasurer and secretary of the Hamilton County Schools Fund for Excellence.

Jennings, Henderson join CHI Surgical Associates

Dr. Hunter Jennings, general and critical care surgeon, and Brooke Henderson, nurse practitioner, have joined CHI Memorial Surgical Associates.

  photo  Hunter Jennings

Jennings earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed a general surgery residency and a fellowship in liver transplantation and portal hypertension at Emory University. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in surgery and surgical critical care.

  photo  Brooke Henderson

Henderson earned a bachelor's in nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master's in nursing from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale. She is a native of Chattanooga.

Jenkins-Dieckaus takes new role at BlueCross

Ashleigh Jenkins-Dieckhaus has been named the first-ever vice president of commercial clinical operations for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

  photo  Ashleigh Jenkins-Dieckhaus

In this newly-created role, Jenkins-Dieckhaus will oversee clinical teams supporting members who have BlueCross coverage through an employer or through an individually-purchased plan. Her areas of responsibility include utilization management and care management, including health navigators on the company's support and prevention team.

"This is a new leadership role that will help us anticipate and adapt to industry changes by looking for ways to incorporate technology most effectively in processes that impact our members' health outcomes," Andrea Willis, chief medical officer for BlueCross, said in an announcement of the new job. "I'm excited for the experience that Ashleigh brings to this role from her training as a nurse and her knowledge of technology and business practices."

Jenkins-Dieckhaus most recently served as managing director of application systems in the company's enterprise information technology division, where she led teams responsible for the clinical and communications systems that inform and educate BlueCross members and impact health and wellness.

She joined BlueCross in 2011 as clinical quality assurance manager for BlueCross subsidiary RiverTrust Solutions and later served as manager of utilization management for the company's BlueCare Tennessee division.

Jenkins-Dieckhaus earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Bryan College and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Lay wins Erlanger Shining Star award

Lauren Lay, a staff nurse in the Erlanger Baroness Emergency Room, has been selected as Erlanger's 2023 Shining Star Award Winner.

She was chosen for the award from more than 500 nominations and 100 Erlanger Spotlight Award Winners. The Erlanger Spotlight Award program seeks to identify, recognize and award employees who demonstrate exceptional performance.

Lay is routinely described as having a positive attitude, treating everyone with kindness and compassion, is a great team player and remains calm even in the stressful situations that can present in the emergency department. Her nominator cited a specific incident where Lay played an integral role aiding a patient to report domestic abuse in the face of adversity.

"I always get compliments about the quality of care she gives to her patients by family members and providers," Caity Henderson, a clinical staff leader at Erlanger, said about Lay.

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