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CHI Memorial recently announced a new physician leadership structure. Matt Kodsi, M.D., Ph.D., was named vice president of medical affairs, and Lee Jackson, M.D., was named surgery service line medical director.

"Our vision is that these leaders will strengthen the integration of service lines focused on evidence-based practices, initiate efforts to optimize quality, safety, and the patient experience in partnership with physicians and advanced practice clinicians to deliver superior value to the community," said Janelle Reilly, market CEO, for CHI Memorial.

Dr. Kodsi will serve as a liaison between physicians, hospital management and community organizations in the market, and work closely with CommonSpirit Health counterparts on medical affairs strategic planning and organization-wide initiatives.

For the past six years, Dr. Kodsi has served in progressively responsible medical staff leadership roles at CHI Memorial, most recently as chief of staff, and has served as physician advisor since January. He has served as the medical director for CHI Memorial's stroke program. Under his leadership, CHI Memorial earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

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Dr. Jackson will serve as the dyad leader with the senior vice president for surgery services, the chief of surgery, and the anesthesia medical director to achieve the highest performance of the perioperative, endoscopic, and post-surgical services for CHI Memorial's three hospitals.

Dr. Jackson served as medical director for CHI Memorial Urologic Oncology for nine years and has led the robotic work group. His leadership and oversight of evidence-based practices and deployment of advanced technologies has led the robotic program to surpass 6,000 procedures overall with CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson surpassing 300 procedures in a year and a half. Prior to CHI Memorial, Dr. Jackson was a department chair and associate chief of staff at Cleveland Clinic Florida, among many academic leadership posts he held, and brings a wealth of physician leadership experience to advance this important body of work.


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Debbie Adams named director of Belhaven campuses

Debbie Adams has been promoted to campus director for Belhaven University's Chattanooga and Dalton, Georgia, campuses. Belhaven University provides flexible and affordable degree options for busy working adults.

Adams has been working in higher education in Chattanooga since 2013 and has been with Belhaven University since 2016.


Erlanger worker wins Patriotic Employer honor

The Department of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recently saluted Erlanger Health System's Sara Bacon with the Patriotic Employer Award for her support of Sgt. Elijah Pasanen during his employment at Erlanger and in the Reserve.

The Patriotic Employer Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

"Sara has made a stress free environment for me when Army Reserve missions come up with very short notice," said Pasenen, a member of the Army Reserve. "She has remained flexible and never made me feel pressured because I had to miss my scheduled shift for military duty. I appreciate the no pressure attitude she has displayed toward me during stressful times for myself and my family."


Vascular Institute opens clinic in Fort Oglethorpe

Vascular Institute of Chattanooga (VIC) has opened its third office with a new clinic at 101 Crye Leike Drive in Fort Oglethorpe. The clinic features two diagnostic ultrasound suites and four clinical exam rooms to serve patients living in North Georgia.

"This new clinic will allow our patients better access for treatment of vascular issues," said Chris LeSar, MD, a vascular surgeon and VIC's founding physician. "It emphasizes what we have been saying for years: "the patient is truly at the center of everything we do."

VIC is the region's first outpatient vascular facility that is owned and operated by a private medical provider.


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Stephen Wyatt appointed director of student conduct, judicial affairs

Chattanooga State Community College recently appointed Stephen Wyatt as its director of student conduct and judicial affairs. The office assumes the task of upholding the rights and responsibilities of students in an effort to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning.

Wyatt, a native of Ringgold, Georgia, most recently lived in Rome, Georgia, where he worked in residence life at Berry College. Wyatt received his bachelor's degree from Berry in music-business in 2009 and his master's in College Student Affairs at the University of West Georgia in 2012.


HouseMaster honors Dan Mayfield for 25 years

HouseMaster, the first home inspection franchise company in North America, recognized Chattanooga franchise owner Dan Mayfield for being with the system as an owner-operator for 25 years at HouseMaster's annual conference in Boulder, Colorado, last month.

Mayfield, whose hometown is Chattanooga, has built a reputation as a leading home inspector in his region since launching in 1994. He is trained and certified by NIBI and also a HITA Certified Master Inspector.

HouseMaster owners serve over 325 locations across the United States and Canada.


Comcast names Jason Gumbs executive for the Southeast

Comcast has appointed Jason Gumbs as regional senior vice president for the company's Big South Region, with responsibility for operations throughout South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.

With more than 20 years of industry and leadership experience, Gumbs will be based in Comcast's regional headquarters in Norcross, Georgia. He most recently served as region vice president of technical operations in Comcast's West Division in California, where he oversaw field operations, fulfillment and local dispatch responsibilities.

"With nearly 5,000 employees across the Southeast region, the Comcast team has earned an excellent reputation for taking care of the customer and delivering the most advanced products and services," Gumbs said. "I am thrilled to take on this exciting new role, and I look forward to building on the great work that has already been accomplished."

Gumbs earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and has served on the boards of community programs such as City Year Detroit and Back on My Feet Chicago.


WorkChaplain hires chief growth officer

WorkChaplain, a Chattanooga company that provides spiritual care and support to businesses, has hired Ashley McCue as the its chief growth officer.

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McCue has worked as a project specialist for AMAX and previously worked in business and community relations for Vacasa in Atlanta and as an executive producer for Luken Communications. A gradute of Southern Methodist University, she was executive director of the Tivoli Theatre Foundation from September 2016 to February 2017.

In her new role,McCue will provide leadership in new business development, marketing and overall growth for WorkChaplain.

Chattanooga native Jeremy Johnson founded WorkChaplain as a wellness offering that provides spiritual care to employees.

"Our mission is to transform workplaces into life-giving communities that transform lives, deepen relationships and ignite hope through compassionate chaplains," Johnson said. "Our vision is simple, we believe, Changed Lives Changes Businesses that Change the City."


Donyel Johnson heads development for local Boys & Girls Clubs

Donyel Johnson is the new chief development officer for the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga.

Johnson was previously vice president of development at the Public Education Foundation and has previously worked at the YMCA and Girl's Inc.

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As chief development officer for the Boys and Girls Club, she will guide the organization's fundraising, communications, and community outreach strategies through partnerships, events, and growing the agency's brand.

"Donyel's energy and passion for our mission is very inspirational" said Jim Morgan, the Club's chief executive officer, "for Donyel brings a unique portfolio of experience that aligns with the future direction of the club."

In addition to her work in the community, Johnson has recently been recognized as a 2018 Woman of Distinction and featured in Chatter's Magazine as one of the top 20 under 40 professionals in Chattanooga. She earned both her Bachelor's degree in Communications and her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Tennesse at Chattanooga.

"As a first-generation college student, I understand the impact that nonprofit organizations can have on the lives of students, just as The Boys and Girls Club and several other nonprofits did for me," Johnson said.


Angela McClister earns First Horizon chair

Angela McClister, an assistant professor of journalism in the Digital Media Design and Production program at Chattanooga State Community College, was named the 2019-2020 First Horizon Business Chair of Excellence.

In addition to her teaching duties, McClister serves as advisor to Chattanooga State's student newspaper, The Communicator, and the college student delegation of Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) representatives. TISL is a forum for students to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works.

"Angela goes above and beyond in her teaching duties, serving as faculty adviser to the student newspaper and overseeing the programs practicum and internship courses. We are pleased to recognize her teaching excellence," said Bobby Lusk, senior vice president of First Horizon, who presented McClister with her award.

"I am very pleased that Angela was selected as First Horizon Business Chair of Excellence,"

said Barry Jennison, Business Division dean.. "She is an exceptional teacher who strives to create projects and class activities that provide real relevance to the area's employers,"

The First Horizon Endowed Chair of Excellence in Business was established through the Chattanooga State Foundation for the purpose of recognizing a distinguished faculty member who contributes to excellence in business education.

Compiled by Brandi Dixon. Business News is published each Sunday. Information about new hires, promotions and business awards should be sent to onthemove@times