Business Digest: Parkridge names Lynn Whelan as chief nursing officer

Business Digest: Parkridge names Lynn Whelan as chief nursing officer

February 10th, 2019 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

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Parkridge names Lynn Whelan as chief nursing officer

Parkridge East Hospital has promoted Lynn Whelan to the facility's chief nursing officer. Whelan had previously served as assistant chief nursing officer at Parkridge East.

Whelan has led successful initiatives at Parkridge East that have resulted in the reduction of employee turnover, an enhanced patient experience and helped to improve the facility's quality metrics scores, reaching a top 20 ranking among all HCA's 178 hospitals. Parkridge East Hospital is a part of HCA, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services with hospitals located in 22 states throughout the U.S. and in the U.K.

"Lynn Whelan has shown exceptional leadership since joining the Parkridge East family in 2017," said Jarrett Millsaps, CEO of Parkridge East Hospital. "During her tenure, she has leveraged her clinical background and vision for the practice of nursing to make an indelible impact on the operations and performance at our hospital."

In her new role, Whelan will continue working with Deborah Deal, Chief Nursing Executive for Parkridge Health System, to promote clinical and administrative agendas at Parkridge East and throughout the Parkridge family of healthcare facilities.


Scott Packett heads development at Rock Creek Informatics

Rock Creek Informatics (RCI) has hired Scott Packett as vice president of business development. Packett is a public administration and communications executive with more than 15 years of administrative and community relationship building experience in Tennessee.

At RCI, Packett will oversee all marketing and sales development, including continually building RCI up as a problem solver and strengthening relationships with new and existing clients. Packett graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan University with a degree in sociology and human services. He has served as the executive director of Contact Helpline, the workforce and grant coordinator for TCAT Athens, and as director of workforce development at Cleveland State Community College.

"Scott's experience is in addressing workforce shortages. Now he'll take that to the next level to connect RCI with companies that strive for operational excellence, time savings tools and smart business practices," said Guy Deloach, founder and managing partner of RCI.


Thrive Regional Partnership names new trustees

The Thrive Regional Partnership has added seven new trustees to its board that reflect growing representation and leadership across the tri-state, 16-county greater Chattanooga region.

The newly elected trustees are Whitney Coe, coordinator of the National Rural Assembly with the Center for Rural Strategies in Athens, Tennessee; Joel Houser, Southeast field coordinator for the Open Space Institute in Chattanooga; Brittany Pittman, program manager for Georgia at the the Appalachian Regional Commission; Emerson Russell, CEO of ERMC in Chattanooga; Dr. Mina Sartipi, founding director of the Center for Urban Informatics and Progressat the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Dennis Tumlin, executive director of the Rhea County Economic Development and Tourism Council in Dayton, and Greg Vital, chief executive officer of Independent Healthcare Properties and Morning Pointe Senior Living in Ooltewah.

Bridgett Massengill, president and CEO of Thrive, said the new trustee appointments "align us closer with our founding board's vision of fully representing the 16-county region and the four focus areas we serve." With these appointments, the Thrive board consists of 22 trustees.

"Not only do these new trustees expand our reach across the region, but they also add a depth of expertise in rural, urban, conservation, workforce, education, data analytics, and economic development that will enrich the value Thrive lends to the tri-state region," Massengile said.


B. Shane Catlett earns RICP certification

B. Shane Catlett, the managing partner of Modern Woodmen of America in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designation from The American College.

The RICP educational curriculum is the most complete and comprehensive program available to professional advisors looking to help their clients create sustainable retirement income.


FASTSIGNS named top performer

FASTSIGNS of Chattanooga, a local sign and visual graphics provider, was recognized as the top local franchise among more than 700 Fastsigns network locations in nine countries during the company's recent convention in Orlando, Florida.Convention recently held in Orlando, Florida.

FASTSIGNS of Chattanooga won the Sales Achievement Award as the highest volume center, the CEO Circle Award, which recognizes the top 25 centers with the highest sales volume in the U.S. and Canada, and the Profit Leader Award, which recognizes outstanding center performance.

Additionally, FASTSIGNS of Chattanooga's David Murphy received the National Outside Sales Award for the second year, which recognizes the outside sales professional who achieved the highest total sales for the year.

"These awards reflect our entire team's hard work and dedication to helping businesses and organizations solve their visual communications challenges in our community every day," said Phil Bacon, owner of FASTSIGNS of Chattanooga.


Morning Pointe names managers

Morning Pointe Senior Living and Independent Healthcare Properties in Ooltewah announced four management appointments.

Aaron Barthle was promoted will to vice president of Information Technology . Since 2011, Barthle has worked for Morning Pointe in an information technology capacity as a founding member of Morning Pointe's IT team. A graduate of Southern Adventist University, Barthle oversees a team of technology professionals that provide technology services and support for all of Morning Pointe's communities.

Lauren Lee, another Southern Adventist University alumna and a certified pubic accountant, will assume the role of vice president of culture and talent. Lee has been with Morning Pointe since 2009 and has served the company's corporate office in a variety of roles, beginning as an intern and continuing in her career in purchasing, budgets, accounting, and operational support as well as career growth training.

Mary Beth Watson, formerly of Brookdale Senior Living, will join the team as Area Director of Operations for the Cumberland Area based in Nashville. Over the course of her 20-year career, Watson assumed a variety of roles, including Memory Care and Resident Services Director, and Regional Director of Operations as well as Divisional Director of Service Alignment and Resident Solutions, overseeing the company's e-commerce platform. A graduate of St. Petersburg College in Seminole, Florida, Watson is currently pursuing a Business Administration degree at Austin Peay University.

Mandy Taylor, a registered nurse and and former Regional Vice President for the Bluegrass Region of Morning Pointe, will fill the role of senior vice president of clinical services. She is a graduate of Midway College in Midway, Kentucky and served as director of professional services for a home health agency, Director of Nursing in skilled nursing facility, and as a direct patient care giver in medical-surgical nursing and mental health settings. In her role as senior vice president of clinical services, Taylor will help ensure that Morning Pointe's clinical policies and procedures are effective and uniform and will help Morning Pointe create innovative clinical products and services.

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