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Becky Carroll

Parkridge names Becky Carroll vice president of strategy

Becky Carroll, a healthcare administration veteran of more than 22 years, was recently promoted to vice president of strategy as well as to the role of assistant administrator for Parkridge Health System.

Carroll began her HCA Healthcare career as a manager with HCA Healthcare Physicians Services where she transitioned to a hospital role as director of surgical sales. In 2013, she was named vice president of development where she led business and strategy planning for the system.

Carroll recently assumed additional leadership roles in Parkridge Health System's wound care, sleep medicine, inpatient/outpatient respiratory therapy service lines and the physician and provider relations team. During the COVID pandemic, she developed and managed the patient safety screener program and assumed responsibility for EMS relationships and hospital security functions.

"Becky is an experienced and valuable member of our administration team," said Tom Ozburn, Parkridge Health System president and CEO. "In her new role, Becky will continue to provide development and operational excellence to our family of hospitals."

Carroll earned her undergraduate degree from Covenant College before earning her master's in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


David Murphy wins national FASTSIGNS honors

David Murphy, an outside sales professional at FASTSIGNS of Chattanooga, received the top sales achievement award at the FASTSIGNS/SIGNWAVE outside sales summit for having the highest total sales from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

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In addition to the top sales award, Murphy, as well as Megan Millard and Reis Costa, received platinum sales awards presented in recognition of outstanding achievement to outside sales professionals who generated record sales in the past year. With more than 750 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS centers in eight countries worldwide, 24 outside sales professionals in the company's network received this award.

"We are so proud of David, Megan and Reis for their outstanding sales achievements. They truly care about helping their customers accomplish their goals, and they go the extra mile for our customers to ensure they receive excellent service and quality products," said Phil Bacon, franchisee at FASTSIGNS of Chattanooga.


Erlanger appoints Doug Brewer as chief medical officer

Erlanger Health System has appointed Doug Brewer, MD, FASCRS, MSc, CPE, as senior vice president and chief medical officer, as well as a physician with Erlanger Gastroenterology.

As CMO of Erlanger Medical Group, Brewer will work in partnership with leadership to advance the interests of employed physicians, advanced practice providers, specialty services and outpatient clinics.

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"We're excited to welcome Dr. Brewer to the team as he has extensive provider leadership experience that I believe will serve Erlanger Medical Group well," said Erlanger president and CEO William Jackson. "I look forward to his contributions furthering our success."

Brewer graduated with honors from the Medical College of Georgia in 1987, after which he completed a general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. He then served a one-year research and clinical senior registrar fellowship at the University of Sydney with a dual role of clinical colorectal work and molecular genetic colorectal cancer research. In 1994, Brewer completed his clinical education with a colorectal surgery residency at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, and in the same year, he established central Georgia's first and only surgical subspecialty practice: Colorectal Surgery Associates in Macon, Georgia.

After 24 years of group private practice, Brewer remained in Macon and joined Navicent Health Medical Center in 2018 as a colorectal surgeon and physician leader, as well as medical informantics officer for the department of surgery. Before his appointment to Erlanger, Brewer most recently served as chief medical officer of Atrium Health Baldwin Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia.


Carol Keur joins Chattanooga law firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison

Carol W. Keur, a litigation paralegal for the last six years working in employment, disability, automobile liability, workers' compensation and personal injury, has joined the Chattanooga law firm of Grant, Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C.

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Keur started her legal career as a runner with the Fleissner Firm in 2000. She also brings 15 years of corporate experience from Unum and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. While in the corporate sector, Keur gained extensive knowledge in insurance and defense of the same. In addition, she gained legal assistant, intellectual property, branding and contract experience while at BlueCross.

Most recently, Keur worked at Luther-Anderson prior to joining GKH.


Kirby Yost named Chambliss Law's real estate chairman

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., announce shareholder Kirby Yost is the new section chairwoman for the real estate practice group, which advises local, regional and national clients on all aspects of commercial transactions and developments. Yost follows Michael Stewart, who served as section chairman for several years.

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"Michael has led the firm's real estate group through substantial growth over the last few years, and I have no doubt that Kirby will do the same," said Mark Cunningham, president and managing shareholder. "She is a natural leader and has a keen vision for the group."

Since joining Chambliss in 2011, Yost has been a member of the real estate and business sections and has played a critical role in bringing on new business for the firm. She often assists owners and developers of all sizes on real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and financing, retail and office leasing and advising on land use, zoning and other real property matters. She also works with various regional and national businesses on general business matters.

"We are focused on evolving as our clients do in this rapidly changing real estate market," Yost said. "With real-estate related businesses constantly expanding and shifting to serve the market demand, the future of our practice has so much potential in terms of how we meet our current clients' needs and how we continue to partner with new clients."

Yost was recently recognized in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for her work in land use and zoning, real estate and transportation law. Chatter Magazine and the Chattanooga Times Free Press also named her in their annual "20 Under 40" list for 2020, which recognizes rising professionals under the age of 40. Yost serves on several boards and committees for nonprofit organization, including Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chattanooga, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, Creative Discovery Museum, Rotary Club of Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee Law Alumni Group and the Tennessee Bar Association Public Education Committee and mentor program. She is also an active alumna of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program and the Chattanooga Chamber's Leadership Chattanooga.


CPA Jerry Parkerson joins Goodwill Industries

CPA Jerry Parkerson recently joined Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chattanooga Area as controller.

After spending more than 30 years in public accounting, auditing and consulting, Parkerson is looking forward to "giving back" through his new role at Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chattanooga Area, an autonomous, nonprofit organization that serves a 23-county area.

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Parkerson supervises the accounting staff to ensure that all procedures are in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, grants and the Internal Revenue Service. Since 1923, Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chattanooga Area has helped people with barriers get the training and support they need to find competitive employment in the community.


Derek Crouthers joins CHI Memorial family practice

Derek Crouthers, a family medicine physician, has joined CHI Memorial Internal Medicine Associates on Hixson Pike in Chattanooga. Crouthers earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He also completed an internship and family residency at the same location, where he served as chief resident.

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Crouthers is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Crouthers joins Mario E. Mariani, MD, G. Michael Ozborn, MD, and Jerrold L. Selzer, MD, and a highly qualified clinical staff of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and medical assistants.


Austin Hatcher Foundation adds Cecilia Bagley

Cecilia Bagley has joined the Austin Hatcher Foundation as front desk coordinator.

In this role, she is tasked with supporting the foundation's clinical and administrative staff through welcoming any families, scheduling appointments and ensuring the foundation is prepared for guests each day.

Bagley graduated from Samford University with a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies. She also has a demonstrated history with hospitality and creating welcoming and inclusive environments for families.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Austin Hatcher Foundation," said Bagley. "As a sibling of two cancer survivors, I'm extremely excited to support the foundation in any capacity needed but especially by being a welcoming face to all of our amazing families."


GE Appliances' leaders receive Women in Supply Chain Award

Roper Corporation plant manager Lois Crandell, and Alison Seward, program senior director for dishwashers at GE Appliances, were named 2021 Women in Supply Chain award winners by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

The Women in Supply Chain award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company's supply chain network.

"Lois Crandell and Alison Seward are incredible examples of successful leaders in manufacturing," said Bill Good, vice president of manufacturing for GE Appliances. "Both are outstanding engineers who have each taken the time to encourage, motivate and mentor other women to ensure diversity of thought and talent within our manufacturing and technology teams."

As the leader since 2018 of Roper Corporation in LaFayette, Georgia, a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Appliances which is owned by the Chinese-based Haier Corp, Crandell and her team produce a variety of cooking products, from free-standing ranges to wall ovens and cooktops. Crandell began her career as an industrial engineer with Corning Inc., before joining GE Aviation in 1997. During her career with GE and GE Appliances, Crandell focused on supply chain, quality and sourcing.

"These women are just absolutely amazing in so many ways," said Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of supply and demand chain executive and food logistics. "They've re-tooled, re-innovated and revamped how the world sees the supply chain and logistics industry."

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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