CHI Memorial labs earn CAP certifications

The laboratories at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and Hospital Georgia have been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists based on results of recent on-site inspections as part of the CAP's accreditation programs.

CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and Hospital Georgia are two of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. The CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson laboratory currently holds the CAP accreditation and is scheduled for its routine survey inspection for re-accreditation in 2021.

"Our lab has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists for decades, but I've never been as proud of our team as this year," said Sanford Sharp, MD, CHI Memorial laboratory medical director. "After a challenging upgrade to the EPIC electronic medical record in November 2019 followed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, we pulled together and excelled during our CAP inspections in October."


Karen Sherrill joins Adult & Teen Challenge MidSouth

Karen Sherrill has joined Adult & Teen Challenge MidSouth to lead the marketing and development initiatives of the ministry. Sherrill previously served in marketing and development for the Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga.

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Karen Sherrill

"Karen first came to us in 2019 as a volunteer at the request of a board member," said David McNabb, president of the local nonprofit. "This year, as she teamed with Barbara Marter of the Weldon F. Osborne Foundation to begin our strategic planning process, we saw the breadth of her skills."

Sherrill's primary responsibilities will be to write grants and serve the interests of donors. In addition, Sherrill will work with the staff and board on execution principles once the strategic plan is completed in early 2021.


Stephen Adams named shareholder for Chambliss law firm

Patent attorney Stephen Adams has been elected as a shareholder of the Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

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Stephen Adams

Adams is a member of Chambliss' intellectual property service group, where he routinely counsels clients on matters related to patents, trademarks and copyright preparation and prosecution, as well as intellectual property maintenance, defense and enforcement. His diverse clientele ranges from entrepreneurs, inventors and startups to small and large corporations, governmental entities and universities. Adams frequently speaks and writes on matters related to intellectual property law and provides virtual and in-person training sessions for company stakeholders.

"Stephen is truly an all-star attorney. When he came to the firm several years ago, he brought noteworthy experience and work ethic that we knew would provide significant growth," Chambliss president and managing shareholder Mark Cunningham said.

Adams has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers. In 2020, he was selected to participate in the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law Program.

He is a member of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, Chattanooga Technology Council board of directors, the ChaTech Early Innovators Award selection committee and the Tennessee PATENTS Pro Bono Assistance Program. Adams holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and a law degree, both from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is a licensed member of the Tennessee Bar, and is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Erlanger recruits 34 physicians in 2020

Erlanger Health System recruited 65 full-time physicians and advanced practice providers in 2020. Of the new providers, 34 are physicians and 31 are advanced practice providers.

"Provider recruitment was one of Erlanger's main goals in 2020," said Erlanger Health System CEO Dr. William Jackson. "Our provider and leadership recruitment team has done a superb job of identifying and onboarding exceptional physicians and APPs to serve our patients throughout the region."

One area of focus for provider recruitment included adding more primary care providers to the team at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital. Six providers were recruited to EWCH — Dr. Brian Mitchell, Dr. Stephen Rubendall, Dr. Stacie Gilmore, Dr. Terry Fokakis, Dr. Jillian Irwin and physician assistant Samantha Thompson. These providers work in the communities of Murphy, Andrews and Hayesville in western North Carolina.


Trident Transport names Daniel Lucas as innovation head

The Chattanooga logistics company Trident Transport has named Daniel Lucas as director of innovation.

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Daniel Lucas

Stepping into a newly developed role at Trident, Lucas focuses on streamlining organizational change to help Trident surpass its goals. Lucas comes from an extensive IT background and has a bachelor's and MBA degree from Kennesaw Coles University.

"My general approach to achieving change is to combine data driven methodologies such as Six Sigma, Lean and modern data science tools to ensure that efforts are built around the leadership's vision of success. The unique part of my approach is I always prioritize my efforts around empathy for what my team, customers and business partners are experiencing," said Lucas.


Mariah Barrows named manager of Highway 58 First Horizon

First Horizon Bank has named Mariah Barrows as banking center manager of the North Highway 58 location.

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Mariah Barrows

Barrows' career in banking began at First Horizon in 2015. In her new role, Barrows manages all aspects of the customer experience, as well as operations of the center. She coaches employees to address customer issues effectively and follows up with resolutions to maintain accountability. She also regularly reviews surveys in order to provide feedback to employees about the customer experience.

"Mariah is a great asset to our team who values every customer interaction and works to deepen relationships," said Chattanooga market president Jay Dale. "Her focus on feedback and coaching encourages skill development and improvement among all of her employees."


HHM CPAs adds five accountants

HHM Certified Public Accountants, a full-service CPA and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis, has hired two senior accountants and three staff accountants.

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HHM Certified Public Accountants hires five

HHM welcomes Joseph Bishop to its management advisory services team. He will assist with all stages of mergers and acquisitions, including planning, implementation and evaluation of potential tax consequences. He will also provide trust and estate services, valuation services and individual tax planning and consulting. Bishop is a licensed attorney and completed a judicial clerkship in the tax court of New Jersey prior to joining the firm. A military veteran, Bishop graduated from the University of Maine, and obtained his law degree from Rutgers Law School.

Returning to the firm is Andrew Mayfield, who previously worked at both Chattanooga and Memphis locations. Mayfield will assist business owners in year-end tax planning, succession planning and general tax and accounting services. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as controller and vice president of finance for a data and media company. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a master's in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Blake Bryson joins the firm's management advisory services team as a staff accountant. He will provide valuation support, mergers and acquisitions due diligence and management advisory consulting. Prior to joining HHM, Blake worked in public accounting performing audits on domestic and international hedge funds and private equity funds. He also spent time in private industry doing accounting, financial planning and analysis and mergers and acquisitions consulting. Bryson graduated with a bachelor's degrees in both accounting and business administration from Liberty University.

HHM also welcomes Gabby Galluzzi to its accounting and assurance department. Before graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a master's in accounting, she was an intern at HHM.

Rachael Yager also joins the accounting and assurance team. She will assist in the completion of audit field work, as well as prepare financial statements and tax returns. Prior to joining HHM, Yager worked in public accounting as a staff auditor following a two-year internship with a local manufacturer. Yager graduated with a bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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— Compiled by Brandi Dixon