Dr. Pankiw joins Parkridge Bone & Joint

Parkridge Health System has added orthopedic surgeon Christopher Pankiw, MD, to Parkridge Bone & Joint, an orthopedic practice that already features orthopedic surgeons Mark S. Sumida, MD, and Martin H. Redish, MD. Dr. Pankiw specializes in hand and upper extremity conditions.

"The addition of Dr. Pankiw significantly broadens the scope of Parkridge Bone & Joint," said Kevin Lewis, MD, chief medical officer for Parkridge Health System. "His skillset allows the practice to offer highly specialized hand and upper extremity care, and his office location adds an additional access point to the highest-quality orthopedic care in Chattanooga."

Dr. Pankiw, who is from the Chattanooga area, earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine, in Macon, Georgia. He served a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, in Chattanooga, and a fellowship in orthopedic hand surgery at The Philadelphia Hand Center at Jefferson Health, in Philadelphia. Dr. Pankiw is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and AOTrauma North America.

Dr. Baker joins CHI Memorial Medical Group

Dr. Sarah Baker has joined CHI Memorial Medical Group at the Chattanooga Internal Medicine Group located in the Memorial Plaza building at 605 Glenwood Drive.

Baker earned her medical degree from East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Science Center in Aurora. Dr. Baker is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

"We look forward to Dr. Baker helping our community develop and maintain healthy habits that contribute to a healthier community," said Glyn Hughes, president of Mountain Management.

Simmons named COO at American Insurance Group

Scott Simmons has joined The American Insurance Group, LLC as a partner and chief operating officer. Simmons, a Chattanooga native, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in finance, an MBA and a law degree. . He practiced law with Miller & Martin for five years and spent the last two years as the senior pastor at Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church in Flintstone, Georgia.

At The American Insurance Group, Simmons will focus on managing and growing the company's operations.

"As our company has grown, we realized we had a need to systemize our processes and streamline our business," said Keith Rocha, the company's founder and CEO. "Scott's legal and educational background will help us take the next step as we continue to grow, and we're excited to have him on board."

McKamey joins Atlantic Capital Bank as senior vp

Marcus McKamey has joined Atlantic Capital Bank as senior vice president and senior commercial client manager.

McKamey will work with mid-market companies in the area and focus on providing a holistic banking experience for his clients.

"We have the platform and capabilities of working with businesses of all sizes while delivering a local approach," McKamey said.

McKamey previously spent more than 20 years with Bank of America. He worked in Chattanooga for some of these years—and was a 2006 Leadership Chattanooga graduate—before accepting a position as vice president of relationship management in Nashville. McKamey moved back to Chattanooga in 2015 to lead Bank of America's Commercial Banking efforts.

He is on the board of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Arts Build and the Chattanooga Ballet.

Harbarger joins Physicians Care as nurse practitioner

Rachel Harbarger, nurse practitioner, has joined Physicians Care — Hamilton Place.

Harbarger graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing with a master of science in nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Youngstown State University. Her most recent clinical experience has been with Physicians Care doing rotations since August 2016. Prior to that, Harbarger was a charge nurse and travel nurse. Her various areas of experience include shock trauma and acute care, orthopedics and neuroscience and working in the ICU.

"Her recent and vast experience will be a wonderful addition to our team in Chattanooga," said Ellis Harris, division vice president for Physicians Care.

UT Erlanger Neurology adds two physicians

Erlanger Health System is expanding its neurology services with the addition of Drs. Prayash Patel and Megan Stevens.

Dr. Stevens is a fellowship trained neurologist specializing in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease. She received her Doctorate of Allopathic Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine internship, neurology residency, and cerebrovascular fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Her clinical areas of interest are post-stroke care, stroke prevention and stroke in young people.

Dr. Patel, board certified neurological surgeon, received his medical degree from Mercer University School of medicine. He then completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center. He is fellowship trained in the treatment of complex spine conditions and minimally invasive surgical techniques for degenerative spinal disorders.

Sponberger named district manager for GACD

The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) has named Katie Sponberger as a district program manager for North Georgia.

Sponberger earned an agricultural business degree from the University of Georgia and most recently served as the economic development coordinator and public relations manager for Catoosa County government. She resides in Ringgold.

GACD's dstrict program managers are responsible for the management of 45 district program assistants located throughout Georgia. GACD is a non-profit organization representing Georgia's 40 conservation districts.