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Front Page - Friday, July 10, 2020

Newsmakers: New vascular surgeons join Chattanooga Heart Institute




The Chattanooga Heart Institute at CHI Memorial has added vascular surgeons Richard Sprouse, M.D., Sachin Phade, M.D., and Mark Fugate, M.D.

Sprouse received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.

Sprouse is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in vascular surgery and has practiced as a vascular surgeon since 2004.

Phade received his medical degree from West Virginia University. He completed his residency in surgery at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and a fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Phade is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in general and vascular surgery and is a registered physician in vascular interpretation. He has practiced as a vascular surgeon since 2011.

Fugate received his medical degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He completed his residency in general surgery at East Carolina University and a fellowship in vascular surgery at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Fugate is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in general and vascular surgery and has practiced as a vascular surgeon since 2009.

See Rock City selects new CEO

The board of directors of See Rock City has selected Susan Harris to serve as president and CEO of the company.

Bill Chapin, who organized a group of investors to purchase Rock City Gardens from his family in December 1984, will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

Harris originally filled the role of director of human resources and organizational development for SRC in 2008. She became president in 2013 and added chief operating officer to her responsibilities in 2016.

She is the first woman and the first person outside of the Chapin and Carter families to hold this position.

In addition to working with SRC, Harris is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and is a board member of the Chattanooga Tourism Company, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

She also serves as a mentor with the 10 project and is co-chair of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Altar Guild.

Harris previously served on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, the Chattanooga chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Tennessee Academy of Gymnastics Booster Club and the Hixson Youth Athletic Association.

She is a 2018 Leadership Chattanooga graduate, has served as an executive mentor with the Principal Leadership Academy and has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix.

Harris is a recipient of the Greater Chattanooga Hospitality Association’s Tourism General Manager of the Year Award. She has also received the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Professional Excellence Award.

Harris is an HR Certification Institute Senior Professional in Human Resources and an SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

Previous professional positions include director of human resources for Express Financial Services and director of people development for Chattanooga Group.

Harris is a native Chattanoogan who earned her MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science in political science from Berry College in 1990.

Chattanooga State welcomes new director of academic advising

Chattanooga State Community College has selected Dr. Terri Hernandez as its director of academic advising. Hernandez brings more than 12 years’ experience in higher education to the position.

A native of Indiana, Hernandez completed missionary work in Belize before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. She served as a personnel specialist with cross training as a security specialist for six years before receiving an honorable discharge.

Hernandez then completed her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida

She has experience in the areas of admissions, transfers, veteran services, continuing education and professional development.

Advising questions can be directed to Hernandez at 423 697-3159 and terri.hernandez@chattanoogastate.edu.