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VOL. 45 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 21, 2021

Area Nurses of Note recognized for service

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Knoxville-based PerfectServe has announced its inaugural Nurses of Note awards program, including Knoxville area honorees.

The list, which includes 100 winners from 31 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada, represents nurses whose dedication, sacrifice, compassion, and resilience have been a continuous source of inspiration for others amid the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nurses are the linchpins of the health care system,’’ PerfectServe CEO Guillaume Castel says. “If ever there were a time to highlight the incredible contributions they make every day, it’s during Nurses Month after more than a year battling a once-in-a-century public health crisis.’’

Knoxville-area winners are:

• Livingston Cartwright (University of Tennessee Medical Center)

• Mark Denny (PerfectServe, Alcoa)

• Daryl Lynn (PerfectServe, Knoxville)

• Loretta Miller (Retired, Knoxville)

• Julie Mills (PerfectServe, Knoxville)

• Jan Myers (Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, Knoxville, IA)

• Sara Norton (East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Genetics Center, Knoxville).

Cates promoted to VP at Trust Company

Lindsay Cates has been promoted to vice president of marketing by The Trust Company of Tennessee.

She is responsible for marketing strategy to enhance client experience and support business development and retention.

Since joining the company in 2013, Cates has served as marketing director, specializing in marketing, advertising and public relations for the company’s three offices and directing community involvement and charitable giving.

“Lindsay’s ability to provide strategic direction from marketing, business retention and business development perspectives led to this deserved promotion,” says Daniel Carter, president of The Trust Company of Tennessee. “We look forward to continued success in our marketing efforts.”

Cates earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in public relations, both from the University of Tennessee.

PYA’s Carden elected to AHLA board

Carol Carden, PYA managing principal of valuation services, has been elected to the American Health Law Association board of directors.

She will assume office July 1.

Carden served on the AHLA Women’s Leadership Council for five years and held the position of chairperson from 2017 until 2019. As a council member, she monitored the Women’s Network Forum, coordinated networking events, identified professional development opportunities, and assisted in making members’ involvement in the Association more satisfying.

Carden has been actively involved in other industry organizations as well and was also elected to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Business Valuation Hall of Fame in 2013. She specializes in business valuation consulting services, primarily in the health care industry. Her key areas of expertise are in finance, valuation, managed care and revenue cycle operations for health care organizations. Her work has included performing appraisals of businesses and securities for a wide variety of purposes such as mergers, acquisitions, estate planning, and commercial litigation matters.

Students named to Mayor’s Youth Council

Seventeen students have been named to the City of Knoxville’s inaugural Mayor’s Youth Council.

Earlier this year, Empower Knox invited youth ages 12 to 20 years old to attend one of two virtual forums to discuss their thoughts on city government, its role in their lives and the community at large. Attendees identified strategies for both improving communication with the city and Knoxville’s long-term growth. Many participants also identified violence, inequities, transportation and activities for young people as their top concerns.

The council will meet routinely, starting this summer. Primary activities will include education on municipal services, collaborations with peers and youth-serving nonprofit organizations and strategic planning.

Members of the first Youth Council are listed by school and grade:

• Austin East High School: Aaliyah Rice, 12th grade, Kyniya Hutchison, 11th grade, Maleek Bishop, 11th grade, Yasmine Croom, 10th grade, Tylan Baker, ninth grade

• Bearden Middle School: Darian Macon, eighth grade

• Farragut High School: Nolan Du, 12th grade, Sam Kittrell, 11th grade

• Farragut Middle School: Camilla Mata, eighth grade

• Holston Middle School: Deion Moten, eighth grade

• Richard Yoakley High School: Aniya McIlwaine, 11th grade, Destiny Laurence, 10th grade

• Vine Middle School: Shermija Whitehead, eighth grade

• Webb School of Knoxville: Molly Crawford, 10th grade

• West High School: Coogie Person, 10th grade, Owen Davis, ninth grade,

Henry Foster-Tobin, ninth grade

Summit welcomes nurse practitioners Brown, Denton

Rachel Brown, a nurse practitioner, and Tonya Denton, nurse practitioner, have joined Summit Medical Group as health care providers for the primary care organization.

Brown, treats patients at Summit Pediatrics at Maryville. Denton is at Summit Medical Group Morristown. Both are excepting new patients.

Brown received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Carson-Newman University in 2008 and graduated from the University of South Alabama with a master’s degree in 2014. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Previously, Brown spent five years as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Lakeside Pediatrics in Florida.

Denton earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The University of Tennessee in 2016 and received her master’s degree in advanced practice nursing from King University in 2019. She is certified by The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Previously, Denton served as a nurse practitioner in both primary care and nuclear cardiology.

Gresham Smith names new Knoxville owners

Gresham Smith, an architectural, engineering and design firm, recently announced new owners, including two from Knoxville.

Hal Plaag is a senior project manager in the Industrial market. He works in the Knoxville office and joined the firm in 2014. Over the past four decades, he has accrued a full understanding of the entire design and construction process, with expertise in procurement, cost-estimating, scheduling and constructability.

When Integrated Project Delivery was a new method of delivery for the Industrial market, he embraced the approach and has emerged a key leader and project manager on the $2.3 billion-dollar Ultium project. Plaag has successfully led the team in adopting this new way of operating, allowing the industrial market to begin implementing lean practices that are already providing efficiency and financial improvements to projects across the firm.

Rick Yeager is a senior designer in the Transportation market. He works in the Knoxville office and joined the firm in 2012. Leading Gresham Smith’s utility design practice, he was originally hired as a utility coordinator to perform utility de-confliction for the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s road-widening projects.

Over the last nine years, Yeager has grown the firm’s utility design practice, developing a team of engineers and technicians that provide utility relocation design services for a wide range of clients, including state DOTs, federal clients and utility companies, as well as working with other markets in the firm. Along the way, he has led the growth of the team by making key strategic hires that continually add depth and breadth to the utility design services. Completing more than 100 successful projects over the past three years, Rick and his team have been a major part of the Transportation market’s growth.

MSA elects ORNL’s Kalinin as fellow

Sergei Kalinin, a scientist and inventor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America professional society.

MSA fellows are senior distinguished members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of microscopy and microanalysis through scientific achievement and service to the scientific community and the professional society.

Kalinin was lauded “for pioneering contributions to quantitative scanning probe and scanning transmission electron microscopy, including functional imaging, machine learning and atomic fabrication.”

Kalinin is an ORNL Corporate Fellow who leads the Data NanoAnalytics group in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, a DOE Office of Science user facility. He is also a faculty member of the Bredesen Center, a partnership of the University of Tennessee and ORNL.

His research focuses on applying artificial intelligence methods in advanced electron and scanning probe microscopy.

Hodge selected as department head at UT

The University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has appointed Lynn Hodge as the new department head for the Department of Theory and Practice in Education. She will begin new role June 1, replacing Sherry Bell, who has accepted the position of Director of Literacy Initiatives for the college.

Hodge is a professor of mathematics education in the department where she serves as the director of the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences and the director of STEM education programs. As a STEM educator, Hodge is a frequent recipient of external funding focusing on STEM topics and teaching, She has provided guidance for STEM teachers and students locally, and at state and national levels.

Hodge is also co-director of VolsTeach, a program which targets undergraduate math, science, or engineering majors interested in expanding their professional skills and exploring a career in secondary teaching.

Roane County Family Practice welcomes Hill

Covenant Health announces Adam Hill, FNP, has joined the primary care team of board-certified physicians at Roane County Family Practice.

Hill received an associate of applied science degree in nursing from Regents College, family nurse practitioner postgraduate training from East Tennessee State University and a master’s in nursing leadership and management from Walden University.

Roane County Family Practice is at 1855 Tanner Way, Suite 200 in Harriman.

UT nuclear engineering students win DOE funds

The Nuclear Engineering University Program, part of the Department of Energy, recently announced more than $5 million in undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, with University of Tennessee students receiving a total of 12 awards, double the next highest university.

The recipients are students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy, with only 50 scholarships awarded nationwide.

The undergraduate student scholarship recipients include Jonathan Barthle, Kenneth Bott, David Burgess, Ethan Deters, Dean Forrest, Miller McSwain, Nicholas Militello, Erika Moss, Elizabeth Smoak, Hayden Sobas, Madison Vandergriff, Ethan Webb.

Through this program, undergraduates will receive a $7,500 to help cover education costs for the upcoming year.

The awards also include 31 graduate fellowships, one of which went to UT student, Emily Proehl.

Law Alum Hill gives school grant

Reggie Hill, a graduate of the Class of 1980, has given the University of Tennessee College of Law funding for a junior faculty member.

Beginning in January, the College of Law will offer the award annually and will designate the recipient as the John Reginald Hill Faculty Scholar.

“The College of Law prepared me for a rewarding career, and I am fortunate to be able to give back through this gift,” says Hill, a two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in business administration from UT Martin and a juris doctor from the College of Law.

Hill served as a senior vice president and chief compliance and policy officer with Lifepoint Health before his retirement last year. His responsibilities included oversight of the ethics and compliance department and the compliance initiatives for more than 80 hospitals in 30 states.

For more than 30 years, Hill was also a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis in Nashville and served in many management roles including heading the firm’s health care industry group.

His service to the University of Tennessee is extensive having served on the UT Development Council, the College of Law Dean’s Circle (for more than 15 years), the UT President’s Council and the UT Martin chancellor’s roundtable.

“We are so fortunate to be able to call Reggie a graduate of the College of Law and also a friend to the college,” Interim Dean Doug Blaze says. “This contribution, and his continuing contributions to UT Law, demonstrate his commitment to education in general, and to our faculty in particular.”

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