Parkridge, Memorial hospitals earn top Leapfrog safety grades

Three Chattanooga hospitals — Parkridge Medical Center, Parkridge East Hospital and Memorial Hospital — were awarded an "A" in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the facility's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.

The two Parkridge hospitals in Chattanooga are owned by the Nashville-based HCA and Memorial Hospital is part of Catholic Health Initiatives. Leapfrog gave a "B" grade to Memorial Hixson and "C" grades to Erlanger Baroness Hospital, Erlanger East, Hamilton Medical Center, Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Sewanee, Tennessee.

"Our patients are at the center of everything we do, and their safety is paramount," said Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health. "Our colleagues have worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible patient experience, and earning an 'A' grade in patient safety underscores our commitment to the communities we serve."


John Bottley promoted to Life Care vice president

John Bottley, legal counsel for legal and risk services at Life Care Centers of America, was recently promoted to vice president of legal and risk services for the Cleveland, Tennessee-based nursing home and senior living company.

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John Bottley

Bottley oversees and coordinates all litigation, regulatory matters, contracts and other general legal matters for Life Care. He also advises executive leadership on various issues.

"It is an honor to work with John on a daily basis," said Todd Fletcher, Life Care president. "He is very passionate in the way that he leads and performs his duties and has a heart for our residents and our Life Care associates."

Bottley joined Life Care Legal and Risk Services in 2013 as legal counsel. Prior to that appointment, he clerked for state judges in Hamilton County.

A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Bottley is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Health Care Compliance Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is licensed to practice law in both Tennessee and Georgia.

Bottley earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, and his bachelor's degree in political science from Emory University in Atlanta.

"I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead a great group of people to support the tens of thousands of associates who work day and night to care for people in communities across the United States," Bottley said.


Leadership Tennessee selects NEXT 2021 class

Leadership Tennessee has selected 29 up-and-coming professionals for its third class of Leadership Tennessee NEXT, a program designed to offer personal and professional career development for Tennessee's best early and mid-career professionals.

Over the course of the program, participants will have opportunities to grow their professional skills and connect to a cross-generation network of state leaders, while participating in collaborative, non-partisan dialogues on issues of state importance.

"One thing is evident, the future of the state is bright, with these upcoming leaders," said Cathy Cate, Leadership Tennessee Executive Director.

In its eighth year, Leadership Tennessee has developed a network of over 300 members, which includes 55 Leadership Tennessee NEXT members. During the pandemic, the organization postponed in-person gatherings and quickly turned to a virtual setting, conducting more than 30 discussions on topics that included crisis leadership, racial inequality, mental health awareness, and industry-focused updates, along with sessions with special guests, such as,

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Brittany Fulmer-Ennen

Leadership Tennessee NEXT Class III will have nine leaders from Chattanooga, including Julia Bursch, director of operations and special projects at the River City Co.; Brittany Fulmer-Ennen, a real estate agent with Todd Henon Properties; Evann Freeman, director of government relations and economic development at EPB; Donna Elle Harrison, director of cultural tourism at the Chattanooga Tourism Co.; Miles Huff, senior director of talent initiatives at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce; Ken Jones, director of procurement and vendor relation at EPB; Patrick O'Hagan, interim director of the Kimball campus of the Chattanooga State Community College; Daniela Peterson, senior advisor for The Trust for Public Land, and Callie Starnes, news director at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga.


East Ridge Residence names new director

Linda Shriver-Buckner has been named executive director of independent living community at the East Ridge Residence on Mack Smith Road.

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Linda Shriver-Buckner

Shriver-Buckener has a diverse background in marketing, operations, and sales across several different industries such as state government, non-profits, and senior living.

She previously served as a sales specialist for BrightSpace Senior Living for the past two years after serving as community relations director at the East Ridge Center. Shriver-Buckner also worked as a sales director at Hickory Valley Retirement Center.

She is a 1986 graduate of Southern Adventist University and returned to Chattanooga in 2005.

East Ridge Residence is operated by Veritas Senior Living.


Crye-Leike downtown Chattanooga welcomes realtor Micah Feagin

Micah Feagin is now affiliated with its downtown Chattanooga branch office of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services as a licensed Realtor. Feagin will serve the residential real estate needs of buyers and sellers throughout Hamilton, Marion, Bradley and surrounding counties.

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Micah Feagin

Feagin, new to the real estate industry, has spent the last four years as a white water raft guide in Ocoee, Tennessee.

"I decided to pursue real estate because I have many interests and passions that fit well into this field," said Feagin. "I love meeting new people, teaching them and helping them achieve their goals."


Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer adds three staff members

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer in Chattanooga has added three new care and eduction specialists to its staff.

The new clinical staffers include Ashley Guthrie, FNP, as clinical liaison; Beth Baker as STEAM curriculum coordinator, and Tyler Clemmons as a licensed clinical social worker.

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Ashely Guthrie

Guthrie is a family nurse practitioner and holds her M.S. Nursing from Belmont University. She has worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner in hospital, private care, and nonprofit settings. In her role as clinical liaison, she will be responsible for working alongside the clinical team at the foundation and pediatric health care providers to ensure all patients and their families utilize the support the foundation offers. Guthrie has been a longtime volunteer and board member, and she is the mother of a pediatric cancer survivor.

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Beth Baker

Baker's background is in education, and she received an Ed.S. in School Administration and Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. Her experience as a teacher in both traditional school systems and nonprofit outreach education brings standards-based, hands-on STEAM activities to the foundation's programming.

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Tyler Clemmons

Tyler Clemmons is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a M.S. in Social Work from The University of Alabama. He has provided mental health therapy to children and families in the Chattanooga area for the past four years. In his role with the foundation, he will continue to offer counseling, support, and case management through evidence-based treatments.

"This pandemic has created new concerns for our families as they navigate both childhood cancer and COVID-19," said foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. "We're very fortunate to be able to add these three highly talented individuals to our clinical team."

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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