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Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson, MD, named medical director for care management at CHI Memorial

Lee Jackson, MD, has been named physician advisor and medical director of care management for CHI Memorial, in addition to his role as medical director of surgery services.

Jackson will serve as a consultant and resource for attending physicians regarding hospitalization appropriateness, inpatient or observation status, resource utilization, regulatory requirements and length of stay management. Additionally, as a physician advisor, he will serve an important role as liaison to coding, documentation specialists, medical records and third-party payers when necessary. To accomplish these endeavors, Jackson will no longer see patients in the clinic or perform surgery effective Dec. 1, 2020. Patients will be cared for by Jackson's colleagues at CHI Memorial Urology Associates.

"Environmental and economic pressures on the practice of medicine have mandated close alignment between physicians and hospital leadership," Jackson said. "CHI Memorial has made great strides in the physician-administrator partnership for the benefit of our patients and the community we serve."

A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a fellowship in renal transplantation and renovascular surgery from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, Jackson has been a practicing physician for 32 years.


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Heather Tussing

Morning Pointe names Heather Tussing as vice president of operations

Heather Tussing has been named executive vice president of operations for Morning Pointe Senior Living.

In her new role, Tussing is responsible for operations management of all Morning Pointe communities. Prior to joining Morning Pointe, Tussing served as vice president of assisted living operations for a national senior living company. She started her career in senior living as an executive director, and has held senior leadership roles in compliance, quality improvement, healthcare sales and marketing through the years — making her well suited to lead a strong commitment to quality care at Morning Pointe. Additionally, Tussing is an assisted living preceptor and holds certifications as an assisted living administrator in multiple states as well as dementia certifications including CDP, CADDCT and Virtual Dementia Tour facilitator. She obtained her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Kentucky.

"Heather is an industry veteran with a wealth of knowledge, front line experience, and compassion," said Greg A. Vital, president of Morning Pointe Senior Living. "I know she will use her passion for others and the senior living skills she has acquired over years of experience to ensure Morning Pointe continues to provide seniors with excellent care and the highest quality of life."

Morning Pointe Senior Living is the developer, owner and manager of 35 Morning Pointe Assisted Living and The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Memory Care Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states.



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Sandy Abell

Siskin Hospital's Sandy Abell earns certification

Sandy Abell has earned a specialty certification in low vision at Siskin Hospital.

The American Occupational Therapy Association awarded the credential, which recognizes Abell as having advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in the treatment of low vision conditions.

Abell is an occupational therapist in Siskin Hospital's outpatient therapy services clinic. She has 20 years of experience in therapy. She specializes in neurological rehabilitation, and holds certifications in electrical stimulation and thermal agents. She is also a certified stroke rehabilitation specialist and a certified brain injury specialist.

"Only 1% of occupational therapists in the country have achieved the Specialty Certification in Low Vision," said Director of Outpatient Services Natalie McDonald. "Our patients will benefit from Sandy's targeted expertise and skill."


Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C. named Pro Bono Firm of the Year

Legal Aid of East Tennessee has named Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C., as the 2020 Pro Bono Firm of the Year in recognition of the firm's pro bono legal work.

"In Chattanooga, the firm has long championed Legal Aid of East Tennessee by encouraging financial support by the local law firms and individual lawyers and by encouraging pro bono work," said Russell Fowler, Legal Aid's director of litigation and advocacy. "In keeping with its commitment to justice, the firm has repeatedly and enthusiastically volunteered to take on the most challenging pro bono cases for low-income and vulnerable Tennesseans."

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Mike St. Charles

In addition to the firm's recognition, Chambliss shareholder Mike St. Charles was inducted to Legal Aid's Hall of Fame. Over his 35 years of practice, St. Charles has contributed hundreds of hours to counseling individuals and community organizations through pro bono representation, increased access to justice and supported Legal Aid of East Tennessee in numerous ways. He follows in the footsteps of previous Chambliss attorneys inducted into the Hall of Fame: Max Bahner, Bruce Bailey, Justice William "Muecke" Barker, Bill Carriger and Glenn C. Stophel.

"Chambliss values our relationship with Legal Aid and is proud to serve the organization and its clients," said Mark Cunningham, president and managing shareholder at Chambliss. "This commitment is certainly strengthened by servant leaders at our firm, including Mike St. Charles, who has been instrumental in leading philanthropic efforts."

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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