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VOL. 41 | NO. 32 | Friday, August 11, 2017

Most Wired adds UT Medical to 2017 list

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The University of Tennessee Medical Center has been named to the 2017 Most Wired list.

Technology is helping patients become more actively involved in their health care, according to results of the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information.

“Technology is having a major impact in healthcare today and is shaping the future of healthcare for tomorrow and beyond,” says Michael Saad, vice president and chief information officer at UT’s Medical Center. “I am very excited that The University of Tennessee Medical Center has been recognized as a Most Wired hospital and am proud to work alongside such a great group of professionals as we strive to provide world-class care for our patients, families and community.”

Some examples of this year’s survey results show:

76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.

62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.

Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.

More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

More than 70 percent are providing data analytic tools training to physicians and nurses, leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Team Technologies to expand in Morristown

Morristown-based Team Technologies, Inc., will invest $6 million to expand operations and create 160 jobs in Hamblen County.

The company, founded in 1988, is a leading custom contract manufacturer of dental, medical, cosmetic and industrial products.

“Tennessee is known internationally for being a leader in the health care industry,’’ Gov. Bill Haslam says. “The continued growth by Team Technologies in our state’s health care sector is terrific news as we work to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

The company’s investment will expand manufacturing capabilities and product lines at the Morristown facility, its main production facility.

Bible verse relocated to ‘Hall of Inspiration’

Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch have announced the creation of a new “Hall of Inspiration” at the Knoxville Police Department’s headquarters in the Safety Building.

The room will house a Bible verse that has stood over an employee entrance to the building since the early 1970s, along with other inspirational writings from a variety of faiths and philosophers and will serve as an area for employee repose and reflection.

The announcement was in response to constitutional questions raised by the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the display of the verse from Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us then who can be against us?”

At a press conference, the mayor explained, “After reviewing the complaint and case law surrounding similar issues across the country, our Law Department determined that this display of the Bible verse does cross a clearly established line regarding government promotion of religion.’’

Rogero also pointed out that many in Knoxville and beyond were upset, adding, “as a person of faith, I understand and respect the passion that people feel for this issue.”

The idea for a Hall of Inspiration came from Rausch.

Citico’s named top 100 scenic restaurants

Citico’s, a Lenoir City restaurant, has been named to OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2017.

The Knoxville-area hot spot is in the WindRiver Community and on the shore of Tellico Lake.

Citico’s features seasonal, farm-to-table dishes from award-winning chef Robert Allen, who with his team, has cultivated a fresh, local approach to Southern cuisine.

These voters reflect the combined opinions of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 25,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Knoxville Finance gets high ranking

The City of Knoxville’s Finance Department has been recognized once again for the transparency and clear communication of its annual financial reporting.

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City’s Finance Department for its 31st consecutive year.

The City’s General Fund balance is $84 million, and the City’s bond rating – assigned by Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s – is at its highest level ever.

GFOA is a professional association representing and serving almost 19,000 local and state government officials and finance practitioners.

The award is seen as the “highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting,” adding that “its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

Finance Director Jim York credits the expertise and dedication of his staff for the unbroken string of awards.

The City’s General Fund balance is $84 million, and the City’s bond rating – assigned by Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s – is at its highest level ever.

Workshop for small-scale manufacturing

Knoxville recently hosted consultants from Smart Growth America and Recast City at a workshop on small-scale manufacturing.

The event was held at the Magnolia Avenue Warehouse District, where many large industries once housed factories that are now vacant.

Knoxville is one of only four U.S. cities granted a technical assistance workshop for small-scale manufacturing.

“Historically, factories have been viewed as large, polluting, and isolated structures,” says Bryan Berry, Office of Redevelopment project manager who helped apply for the grant. “But many cities are looking at ways to repurpose their factory buildings for small-scale manufacturing that can be readily integrated with other land uses.”

Based on their three days of observations and conversations, the SGA team will recommend new policies and strategies to encourage small-scale manufacturing and place-based economic development in the warehouse district.

One example: zoning code changes (per the Recode Knoxville project) could offer new mixed-use opportunities for buildings with industrial uses to incorporate retail storefronts and/or residential spaces on the upper floors.

Businesses in and near the MAWD reflect a diverse group of Knoxville’s maker community: Last Days of Autumn Brewing, Black Sheep Printing, Bird on the Wire Studios, Huckleberry Ironworks, Petty Welding, Silver Dollar Candle Company, and Mighty Mud, which recently moved into the Downtown North area.

Two Knoxville parks offer new, free libraries

Two Knoxville city parks are now hosts to new free libraries donated by an area business.

The small, creatively designed boxes offer free books and an always-open donation space for more.

Installations are now in place near the westernmost playground of West Hills Park, 410 N Winston Rd., and near the tennis courts in Edgewood Park, located at 3109 Ocoee Trail.

The elements for the Free Little Libraries were donated by Innovative Mattress Solutions, a parent company of Sleep Outfitters, which recently opened three stores in the Knoxville area.

The donations are part of a nationwide push behind reading daily, particularly aimed at children.

“Our grand openings featured a bedtime stories theme,” says Kim Knopf, Chief Executive Officer for Sleep Outfitters. “’Little Free Libraries’ gave us a way to extend this theme beyond the openings, which is important, because reading develops language skills…sparks imagination, and reading stories at bedtime brings families together.”

The first Little Free Library, a nonprofit, began in 2009.

ORNL brings STEM students together

The Appalachian Regional Commission, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and ORAU recently hosted the 28th annual High School and Middle School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institutes for 32 high school students and 26 from middle schools.

Sixteen teachers from across 10 Appalachian states to spend two weeks of their July summer break focused on math, science and technology.

Many of those chosen were students with limited access to STEM education and resources; students from an Appalachian Regional area or designated distressed county; and/or students with the potential to be the first in their families to attend college.

“Our goal is that students will return to their communities from the Summer Institute with real-world experiences in STEM research, will be better prepared to pursue a STEM career in the future, and will share their experiences to encourage other students to pursue STEM,” says Marie Westfall, who manages the program for Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Contura Energy proposes IPO offering

Contura Energy, a private, Tennessee-based company with affiliate mining operations across multiple major coal basins in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming, has launched a proposed initial public offering that will include of 6,000,000 shares of its common stock.

Anticipated initial offering price is between $23.00 and $27.00 per share.

The company is based in Bristol, Tennessee, and its shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “CTRA.”

Citigroup, Jefferies, Credit Suisse and UBS Investment Bank are acting as the bookrunning managers, and Citigroup and Jefferies are acting as representatives of the underwriters for the offering.

Barclays and BMO Capital Markets are also acting as bookrunning managers, and Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc., FBR Capital Markets & Co. and Seaport Global Securities are acting as co-managers for the offering. This offering will be made only by means of a prospectus.

Note: A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective.