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Front Page - Friday, December 24, 2021

Newsmakers: Erlanger announces Believe Bash co-chairs

The co-chairs for Erlanger Health System Foundation’s 2022 Believe Bash include Daisy Maurya-Ballard, Matt Ballard, Carl Greene and Keith Wooten-Greene. The sixth annual fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Activities will include a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, a live auction and live entertainment.

First Horizon returns as presenting sponsor for its sixth year and Delta Dental will return as the entertainment sponsor.

Chattanooga State names academic dean

Chattanooga State Community College has named Julius Dodds its dean of academic success.

Dodds has served as the school’s director of academic retention since 2011. In the role, he led the Achieving the Dream and Title III Strengthening Institutions grant work.

Before his work at Chattanooga State, Dodd served as director of retention and advisement at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and served in leadership roles at other colleges.

Nurse practitioner joins CHI Memorial Center

Board certified adult gerontology nurse practitioner Janice Sims has joined CHI Memorial Center for Healthy Aging. The practice specializes in geriatric medicine. (Learn more at chimemorialmedicalgroup.org.)

Sims earned a degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. She completed a Master of Science in nursing – adult gerontology nurse practitioner degree from Northern Kentucky University.

Sims is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has 10 years of experience in cardiology, oncology and medical-surgical care.

Deputy lauded for DUI enforcement

Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ashley Buckner at the 2021 MADD Night of Remembrance event Dec. 11 in Nashville.

During the event, Buckner received two awards for her efforts to remove impaired drivers from Hamilton County’s roads.

Buckner received the MADD Bronze Award for making more than 25 DUI arrests in 2020. In total, Buckner made 26 DUI arrests.

She also received the East Tennessee Sheriff’s Office Top DUI Enforcer Award for making the most DUI arrests for a law enforcement deputy in the eastern region of Tennessee.

Trust Company adds Sherman

The Trust Company of Tennessee has hired Tracy Sherman as a client service associate in the firm’s Chattanooga office.

Sherman earned a degree in international relations from Samford University. Previously, she was a senior administrative specialist for HomeServe in Chattanooga and served 21 years as office manager for financial services firm Brown Brothers Harriman in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Thompson assumes position at Siskin

Siskin Hospital has promoted Jodie Thompson to director of quality and compliance.

Thompson has more than 30 years of health care experience including critical care, administration, education and oversight of multiple departments and services.

In her new role, she will assist the vice president of quality and compliance with oversight and analysis of quality and performance improvement, risk management, the patient experience, the medical staff, accreditation and regulatory and corporate compliance programs.

She will also assume the role of medical staff coordinator.

Thompson was formerly nurse manager of Siskin Hospital’s stroke and brain injury units as well as director of nursing education.

She earned bachelor and master’s degrees in nursing from East Tennessee State University.

Thompson is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and an AHA Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor.

Chattanoogans join Leadership Tennessee

Six early and mid-career professionals from Chattanooga will join the fourth class of Leadership Tennessee NEXT. The class will meet four times during the program year, conducting sessions in Fall Creek Falls, Greeneville, Memphis and Nashville.

Participants will grow their professional skills and connect to a network of state leaders while participating in non-partisan dialogue on issues of state importance.

Chattanooga participants include:

• Austin Corcoran, Director of talent engagement, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

• Jermaine Freeman, Senior adviser, city of Chattanooga

• Cory Howard, COO, Cempa Community Care

• Toccora Johnson-Petersen, CEO, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga

• Geoff Millener, COO, The Enterprise Center

• Yvette Stewart, Director of elementary teaching and learning, Hamilton County Schools