Amir Hamad

Parkridge East names Hamad as chief nursing officer

Amir Hamad, BSN, MHA, RN, CCRN, has been named chief nursing officer of Parkridge East Hospital. Hamad brings 12 years of healthcare experience to the position, including nursing roles in emergency medicine and cardiac critical care.

"This is an exciting time for Parkridge East, as we are poised to embark on several major capital projects to enhance our key service lines, such as emergency medicine and labor and delivery," said Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health. "Amir's experience and leadership will be tremendous assets as we enhance and expand our services to best serve East Ridge and its surrounding communities."

Most recently, Hamad served as associate chief nursing officer at Reston Hospital Center, in Reston, Virginia. Prior to that, he served as director of the cardiac and medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at LewisGale Medical Center, in Salem, Virginia, where he also served as clinical team lead in the cardiac ICU and as clinical coordinator of the Emergency Department.

Hamad earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from Grantham University, in Lenexa, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Radford University, in Radford, Virginia. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech University.

Hamad is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the American Organization of Nursing Executives, National Capital Healthcare Executives, American College of Health Executives and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. He also actively promotes healthcare in the community, serving as a board member for HealthWorks for Northern Virginia and as a nurse for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.

some text
Joel Henderson

Henderson hired to head Volunteers In Medicine

Joel Henderson has been named as the new executive director for Volunteers In Medicine of Chattanooga.

VIM serves the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved by providing quality, compassionate, personal care in a faith-based environment.

Henderson previously served as director of communications and marketing since 2017 at the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce and previously served as vice president of communications at North American Credit Services Inc.

Henderson is a 1994 graduate from Southern Adventist University and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.

some text
Fabiola Ortiz

Ortiz, Sanders join board of Habitat For Humanity

Fabiola Ortiz and Tony Sanders have joined the board of Habitat for Humanity in Chattanooga, which works to provide affordable housing in the area.

Ortiz is vice president and regional branch administrator for SmartBank in Chattanooga. She is a graduate of Bethel University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and management/ organizational development and has an MBA in organizational behavior.

Ortiz is a member of Leadership Chattanooga and was previously honored with the Latino Leadership Award. She has volunteered with LaPaz Chattanooga, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 100 Black Men of Bradley County, Cleveland Middle School and Bradley Central High School.

some text
Tony Sanders

Sanders is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MBA from Tennessee Tech University. He currently works for Unum as a manager in the Benefits Financial Services area.

Sanders serves a commissioner for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. He is a past chair of Inner-City Ministries where he lead the merger with Hope for Chattanooga which resulted in Hope for the Inner City, and served as past president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs. Sanders is a founding member and past president of the Chattanooga Area Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and supports multiple wildlife conservation groups. He hosts a weekly radio show called Tony Sanders Outdoors, and co-hosts the annual Medal of Honor Heritage Center Sporting Clay Shoot.

some text
Deborah Deal

Deal Honored by THA with Nurse Leader award

Deborah Deal, chief nursing executive for Parkridge Health System, has won the 2020 Nurse Leader of Distinction Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA). The honor recognizes Deal's work to optimize patient experience, enhance nurse retention and enhance the quality of services provided across Parkridge Health while nurturing the careers of countless nurses.

Under Deal's leadership, Parkridge Health has enhanced its quality and patient satisfaction scores with Parkridge Medical Center earning a spot in the top 40 among all HCA Healthcare facilities in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System scores – a benchmark of patient experience.

"I am honored and humbled to receive the Nurse Leader of Distinction Award," Deal said. "It takes a team of physicians, nurses and providers to reach the high levels of quality, safety and outcomes Parkridge Health has achieved, and I accept this award on behalf of my colleagues who have worked so hard to help Parkridge Health reach such high levels of excellence."

some text
Samuel Montgomery

Montgomery promoted at Riggs & Associates

Sam Montgomery, a certified financial planner and certified Kingdom advisor, has been promoted from Paraplanner to Associate Financial Advisor. at Riggs & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. that is led by Jody B. Riggs

Montgomery started working for Riggs & Associates in July 2017. As an Associate Financial Advisor, he will provide comprehensive financial planning services to clients, and provide investment solutions to meet clients' financial needs. Montgomery holds a bachelor's degree in Financial Planning from Liberty University.

- Compiled by Brandi Dixon

Information about new hires, promotions and business awards should be sent to