Alan Simeone

Cardiothoracic surgeon Alan Simeone, M.D., has joined the Chattanooga Heart Institute at CHI Memorial.

Dr. Simeone received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. He completed a residency in general surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC, and a residency in thoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Simeone completed a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Yale University and a cardiopulmonary transplantation and mechanical circulatory support fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.


BlueCross names Privett to head service operations

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has selected Crystal Privett as director of service operations for member benefits administration.

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Privett will lead teams providing customer service and claims support for the company's commercial and marketplace members. In her new role, she will oversee a variety of functions including employee training and development, performance optimization, benefits coordination, customer service and support operations.

A 26-year veteran of BlueCross, Privett has held a variety of leadership positions related to claims, customer service, research, training and quality. She most recently served as manager of provider operations support for the commercial line of business as well as the BlueCard service line, which works with a national program to help members obtain health care services while traveling or living in another Blue Plan's service area.

"Crystal brings a customer-focused approach to process improvement and a wealth of experience to her work," said Maria Darras, vice president of commercial operations for BlueCross.

Privett earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). She is also a graduate of UTC's Executive Leadership Program.


Helen Ross McNabb Center named Field Agency of the Year

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga Social Work Program recently recognized Helen Ross McNabb Center as Field Agency of the Year. The center frequently partners with UTC's social work program and its students to help improve the lives of children and families in the Chattanooga area.

"The Helen Ross McNabb Center staff exemplify the standards needed to help individuals in need throughout the community," said Gayle Lodato, senior director of Greater Chattanooga Area services.

Lodato has supervised students in UTC's Social Work Program since 2015 and participated in the program's accreditation process.

Andrea Fuchs, supportive living team leader for Helen Ross McNabb Center, also was named Student of the Year by UTC's social work program. Fuchs has been on staff with the center for the past year after graduating from UTC with a master's degree in social work.


Barnette earns C2EX from Realtors group

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Susan Barnette, a broker and career development director for Crye-Leike Real Estate Service, has earned the Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement from the National Association of Realtors. The endorsement is earned through a self-directed program that enables real estate professionals to assess and build on their competency in specific core areas of real estate practice.

A real estate agent for 23 years, Barnette is associated with Crye-Leike's East Brainerd branch office and serves the real estate needs of buyers and sellers in the Chattanooga and North Georgia regions. She is a member of NAR, the Tennessee Association of Realtors, the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors and the River Counties Association of Realtors.


Hinton elected Fellow for Tennessee Bar

Wade Hinton, vice president of inclusion and diversity for the Unum Group, has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 868 attorneys across the state.

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The Bar Foundation's purpose is to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and community and to administer a grant-making program. That project, known as Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts, has awarded grants in excess of $22 million to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

Hinton is a graduate of Emory University and The University of Memphis School of Law. He also studied at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Hinton, who serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, is the former City Attorney for Chattanooga and Deputy General Counsel for Volkswagen Chattanooga.


Hamilton Health Care System names chief medical officer

Hamilton Health Care System has appointed Andrew C. Bland, MD, to the position of vice president and chief medical officer.

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Bland comes to Hamilton from The Joint Commission where he was the medical director for the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation. TJC accredits and certifies health care organizations and is recognized nationwide as the symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting specified performance standards.

Prior to his role with TJC, Bland was with Hospital Sisters Health System in Illinois, a 15-hospital system where he served as chief quality officer and chief medical officer. Additionally, Bland was the assistant dean for faculty development and associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

Bland completed his undergraduate studies in cell and structural biology at the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts in Champaign, Illinois. He then graduated with honors and was a James Scholar while obtaining his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois. Bland completed combined residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, followed by a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. In addition to his extensive medical and clinical background, Bland holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as well as a Masters of Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University in Chicago.

"We are pleased to have Andy join our leadership as we continue to grow and expand our services," said Jeff Myers, chief executive officer and president of Hamilton Health Care System.


ACT adds Woodard to company sales team

Wanda Woodard has joined the sales and business development team at ACT Business Machines in Chattanooga.

Woodard comes to ACT from Bahakel Communications where she wrote, produced and sold radio advertising. Prior to that she sold accounting software in the wholesale oil and gas industry nation wide for a company headquartered in Louisiana. Woodard has more than 20 years of direct business-to-business sales and has worked in numerous markets across the U.S., including Anchorage, Alaska and Biloxi, Mississippi. She is a Hurricane Katrina survivor.

"With her years of experience in sales and business development and her marketing expertise, we are glad to have her on board with us," said ACT owner and president Kent Davis.


Kaufman to chair Sculpture Fields board

Sculpture Fields, the largest sculpture park in the Southeast, has named artist and patron of the arts Carolyn Kaufman chair of the board of trustees.

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A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kaufman also studied housing and interior design at the University of North Carolina. She was actively involved in The University's Weatherspoon Art Gallery.

She worked at the Art Institute of Chicago cataloguing the museum's American Art Collection. Later on, she worked for the Hunter Museum of American Art in the educational department, where she lead the summer art camp program.

She served on the judging committee for Ketner's Mill Fair, as well as a juror for the Athens Area Council for the Arts. She has exhibited in Nashville's Local Color Gallery. She served as vice president and gallery designer at In-Town Art Gallery. She was then hired by Gallery 1401, where she worked with patrons coordinating art events.

"In addition to service to the arts community, I have continued to create my own art expressions in a multitude of medium – paintings, drawings, shadow box compilations, graffiti photograph arrangements and found objects and clay sculpture," Kaufman said. "I'm humbled to be given the leadership role on the Board, and I'm so very excited about our magnificent one-in-a-million Sculpture Fields, where colossal art comes alive for all our visitors."

Others elected to leadership of the Sculpture Fields board include William Overend, retired Naval captain and Coca-Cola executive as vice chair; Warren Barnett, founder of Barnett & Company as treasurer, and Jay Heavilon of Knowledge Partner for Lynk Global as secretary.


Swan, Sims join CHI Medical Group

CHI Memorial Medical Group has added Lawrence Swan, M.D., and Harrison Sims, III, M.D., to CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates in Cleveland.

Dr. Swan received his medical degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and completed a family medicine residency at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Sims received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He completed a general surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and a family medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He is a member of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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