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LBMC has promoted three managers in its Chattanooga office.

Bryan Mattice has been named manager in LBMC's Audit division. He joined LBMC in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He has his CPA and CFE.

Kimberly Pace has been named Manager in LBMC's Audit division. She joined LBMC in July 2016. She holds her bachelor's degree from Lee University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Tennessee.

Lucas Watson has been named Manager in LBMC's Tax division. He joined LBMC in 2017. He holds his bachelor's degree from Carson-Newman University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Tennessee.



LSU hires ex-Unum VP for strategic planning

Louisianna State University has hired Jim Sabourin, former senior vice president and chief communications officer for Unum, as vice president of strategic communications, pending approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors.

The vice president of strategic communications is the most senior communications executive at LSU and oversees all communication efforts for the flagship institution and guidance to all of the campuses of LSU statewide

Before joining Unum in 2003, Sabourin was vice president of corporate communications for Arizona-based America West Airlines during a time when the company faced a number of crises and garnered significant national media attention including pre- and post-9/11. Previously, he was general director of corporate relations for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, one of the largest rail transportation providers in North America. He began his career with global information technology services leader EDS Corp.

Sabourin is a member of the Conference Board Council on Communications Strategy, the Forum Group, Issues Management Council and PRSA, where he is a past national chairman of the Corporate Communications section.

Sabourin is also a member of the board of trustees of the Tennessee Aquarium and serves on the Lookout Mountain, Georgia City Counncil. He is a graduate of Florida State University and is accredited in public relations through PRSA.


Drs. Sumit Patel, Jesse Tucker join Standefer Lung Center

CHI Memorial Medical Group announce Sumit Patel, M.D., and Jesse Tucker, M.D., MPH, are joining Buz Standefer Lung Center.

Dr. Patel received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. He completed his residency in internal medicine at State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, New York, where he also completed fellowships in pulmonary/critical care and sleep medicine. Dr. Patel is board certified by the American Board of Internal medicine in internal medicine and pulmonary disease.

Dr. Tucker received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where he also completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Dr. Tucker is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition, he holds a master's degree in public health in epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.


Crye-Leike Cleveland welcomes Realtor Doni Bordelon

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announce that Doni Bordelon is now affiliated with Crye-Leike's Cleveland branch office as a licensed Realtor. Bordelon will serve the residential real estate needs of buyers and sellers in Bradley County.

Bordelon is new to the real estate industry and previously worked in the tech industry for eight years.

"When I moved to Cleveland, it seemed like the right time for a fresh start," said Bordelon. "I wanted to do something that I was more passionate about and would give me the opportunity to be more involved in this great area."


Kelly Barlew named VP of Medical Services

Medical Services Inc. in Chattanooga recently announced that it has appointed Kelly Barlew to serve in the role of vice president of medical services.

Barlew started working for North American Credit Services in 1986 and served in various administrative roles during her tenure, until leaving for a period in 1999. Barlew returned to Medical Services Inc. in 2005, where she had served as the director of administration prior to her new appointment.

"Barlew is a huge asset to the Medical Services team, and we are very grateful to have her serving in this new role. We look forward to the great things that she and the rest of her team will accomplish in the months and years to come," said Dusty Vigil, CEO and president of Medical Services, Inc.


Faith among top 40 lawyers 'on the rise'

Brittany Thomas Faith, a director for the Chattanooga law firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison P.C., has been chosen as a 2019 American Bar Association On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers in America.

The annual award "provides national recognition for 40 ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service." Honorees must be under the age of 36 and nominated by a peer or peers for their exemplary level work. The final honorees are selected via a panel of reputable lawyers across many practice areas.

Faith joined Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C.'s Immigration Practice Group in 2012. She was elected to be a Director of the firm at the end of 2018. Faith focuses her practice on immigration, including family-based petitions, employment-based petitions, and humanitarian relief. Faith also is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the ABA YLD Immigration and Naturalization Committee and as the Chair of the AILA's Midsouth Chapter, which constitutes immigration attorneys in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. In addition, she has been active with the local young lawyers. Faith is the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division East Tennessee Governor and has led several immigration focused service projects. Faith also serves on the board of La Paz of Chattanooga.


CHI Memorial wins award for extraordinary patient loyalty

CHI Memorial has been named in the 2019 NRC Health Top 100 Consumer Loyalty list. The health system is recognized by NRC Health as one of the top healthcare organizations in the country, garnering extraordinary loyalty from its patient populations as identified and rated by more than 300,000 U.S. consumers.

"Patients continue to choose us for their health care needs because they trust our doctors, nurses, and staff, and have confidence their care team will provide the best individualized, patient-centered care each time they choose us," says Janelle Reilly, market CEO, CHI Memorial. "There is a difference at CHI Memorial, and we are honored to be recognized by our patients and NRC Health for the excellent, high-quality care our associates extend to each person who chooses us for their health care needs."

For nearly four decades, NRC Health has helped healthcare organizations illuminate and improve the moments that matter most to patients, residents, physicians, nurses, and staff. The Consumer Loyalty Awards are the first and only loyalty-based hospital rankings in the U.S. CHI Memorial was selected based on results from NRC Health's Market Insights survey, the largest database of healthcare consumer responses in the country. NRC Health surveys more 310,000 households in the contiguous U.S., measuring their engagement with healthcare brands in their communities. Organizations that win the Consumer Loyalty Award score exceedingly well on seven metrics of patient loyalty, including access, engagement, experience, and net promoter score.


Life Care Center director wins Eastern President's Award

Life Care Centers of America honored Lauren McCann, executive director at Life Care Center of Collegedale, with one of two President's Awards for its Eastern Division.

The honor recognizes distinguished service in the long-term health care management role. The Eastern Division includes 39 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

McCann was praised for her servant leadership and community involvement, as well as leading her team to achieve a deficiency-free state survey this year.

"Her staff and her residents love her," said Doyle Love, vice president of Life Care's Cumberland Region. "They tell me so often when I am in her facility. You can always find Lauren out on the floors with her staff and residents."

Fifteen President's Awards are presented annually to leaders of overall successful facilities or organizations within Life Care.

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