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Beahm promoted by Hazlett, Lewis

Janet R. Beahm has been promoted to director at Hazlett, Lewis & Bieter PLLC, a Chattanooga-based audit, tax and consulting firm.

She is a certified public accountant with experience in the areas of business, individual, estate and trust taxation.

She has been with Hazlett, Lewis & Bieter since 1987 and is a graduate of Berea College.

She and her husband, Pat, live in East Ridge.


Brad Pope wins national award

Brad Pope, vice president of human resources at Memorial Health Care System, won the 2010 Human Resources Leader Award from the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration.

A news release said the honor takes note of outstanding service and contributions to both the ASHHRA organization and to health care human resources.


Local ARMA chapter honored

The Greater Chattanooga Area Chapter of ARMA International has been honored with the "Chapter of the Year" and "Website of the Year" for the fifth consecutive time.

Additionally the chapter won the Newsletter of the Year and merit and participation awards, according to a news release.

The chapter here was chartered Oct. 11, 1989, with 25 members. ARMA International is a not-for-profit association and, according to a release, an authority on managing records and information. Its website is www.chattanooga-arma.org.


Rittenour head of BlueCross unit

Debra Rittenour has become president of Riverbend Government Benefits Administrator Inc., a BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee subsidiary.

A news release said she will lead Riverbend's entry into a partnership with Cigna Government Services on a contract to administer Medicare benefits in an area that includes Kentucky and Ohio. The release also said Riverbend will handle Medicare Part A services and all imaging needs with a total claims volume in excess of 60 million per year.

"At this significant time, Deb will be instrumental to Riverbend's efforts to reconstitute its focus and performance as an administrator for Medicare fee-for-service and other public health-related administrative initiatives," Stephen M. Walker, senior vice president of federal programs for BlueCross, said. "Her Medicare knowledge, her familiarity with Riverbend's strategic business partners such as Cigna Government Services, and her relevant skills enhance BlueCross' abilities to craft innovative products and services."

Rittenour joined Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in 2008 as chief market strategist and chief of staff for the insurer's government business and emerging markets division.

She has more than 25 years of federal government contracting experience. She holds an MBA degree from Robert Morris University.


Tracey Barker gets accreditation

Tracey Ingram Barker, president of Health Facility Partners, has received an evidence-based design accreditation and certification from the Center for Health Design.

A news release said the "accreditation tests individual knowledge and understanding of how to base health care building design decisions on research and critical thinking to create environments that improve patient and staff outcomes, as well as operational outcomes."

"Creating a healing environment is based on three factors: the design for the patient, the health care worker and finally the staff who have to maintain the physical environment," Barker said. "It is a delicate balancing act. Designers, who are not EDAC, often overlook the lasting effect the design has on the facility. If it cannot be maintained due to costs or requires more staffing, a lot of money has been wasted. The healing environment cannot be sustained."

She said, "The principles of EDAC challenge all of us to make informed design decisions based upon the best available evidence."

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