The Rounds

The Happenings in the Mid-South healthcare industry.

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Methodist University, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown, Methodist South, and Methodist North Hospitals have each received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international non-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost, and patient satisfaction. Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.



Southern College of Optometry (SCO) celebrated the 10-year anniversary of The Eye Center. Since 2007 nearly 300,000 patients have been treated there, with thousands more receiving care since its opening on Sept. 20, 2002. The Eye Center at SCO is the largest eye health and vision care facility of its kind in Tennessee. In addition to providing a state-of-the-art teaching facility and one of the top clinical optometry education programs in the country, The Eye Center serves nearly 60,000 patients per year and employs more than 50 optometric physicians.



Dr. Terreia Jones, PharmD, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) received a $142,750 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the National Institutes of Health, to aid the research of how drugs can be used to treat glioblastoma, the most common type of malignant brain tumor, and change the tumor cells. The goal is to gain a better understanding of treatment resistance. The NCI grant will be distributed over a four-year period, and is a milestone for Dr. Jones, as it is the first grant she has received to further her brain cancer research program.



Fertility Associates of Memphis hired Dr. Paul Brezina joining Dr. William Kutteh, director, and Dr. Raymond Ke, director of in vitro fertilization services. Brezina recently completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at East Carolina University in Greenville, and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

American Esoteric Laboratories (AEL), the largest independent provider of esoteric and clinical laboratory services in the region, has announced Dr. David L. Smalley as its new president. Smalley brings to the position more than 35 years of laboratory medicine experience. Most recently, he served as the State Public Health Laboratory Director for the Tennessee Department of Health, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to that he completed a 30-year career in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring at the rank of Brigadier General. He was awarded the Lucien Dean Hertert Award in 2010, which is the highest award given by the American Association of Bioanalysts for lifetime achievement in the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. He currently serves on the American Board of Bioanalysis.



University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine (COM) alumni and families, created an endowed student scholarship fund in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Hershel “Pat” Wall, MD. The first recipient of the $50,000 award – dubbed the Dr. Hershel P. Wall Endowed Scholarship — will be named in fall 2013. A UTHSC alumnus who graduated from the College of Medicine in 1960, Dr. Wall has been part of the UTHSC community since he enrolled some 55 years ago, and he also served as UTHSC chancellor, interim dean for the UT College of Medicine, associate dean for admissions and student affairs, and division chief of General Pediatrics.



The University of Memphis has launched a series of radio messages,“Let’s Talk Health,” to help empower individuals to communicate and make healthy choices. The series is a production of the U of M’s Department of Communication and the Loewenberg School of Nursing, produced at the WUMR studios on campus, and is narrated by Dr. Gretchen Nordling Holmes, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, and Lisa Beasley, a family nurse practitioner and clinical assistant professor in the Loewenberg School.



Methodist Healthcare and The West Clinic have entered into a partnership to transform cancer care in the Mid-South area. The West Clinic, the region’s premier cancer practice and a nationally-recognized leader in cancer research, is joining forces with Methodist to create a comprehensive, fully integrated cancer service for the benefit of Mid-South residents. As part of the partnership, approximately 110 direct patient care employees at The West Clinic will become Methodist Healthcare associates; physicians and administrative staff will remain with The West Clinic. Additionally, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) plans to move its Oncology Fellowship Program to The West Clinic. Methodist and The West Clinic will provide UTHSC $5 million annually over seven years, for a total of $35 million, to enhance cancer research, care programs, and innovation.



Larry Hilbun has been named chairman of the Lifeblood board of directors. Prior to his selection as chairman, Hilbun served Lifeblood in a number of roles including vice chairman and secretary of the board, as well as chairman of the Bartlett, Arlington, and Lakeland volunteer donor council. He has received numerous awards for his involvement with the local non-profit.     

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