California bank adding Nashville-based director

A West Coast bank is adding a Nashville-based managing director to its newly expanded health care banking division.

Irvine, California-based Opus Bank has hired Gregory Ratliff as a managing director of health care banking. Ratliff joins the company from Regions Bank, where he served as relationship manager of corporate health care. Previously, he served as senior vice president and chief credit officer of US Bank's health care division.

Ratliff will join the bank's provider group and focus on client relationships across all health care sectors. Opus also hired Frank Balkum, based in Tampa, to the bank's practice group.

"The additions of [Ratliff and Balkum] complement our current West Cost-based health care banking team and enable Opus to better provide banking services to health care providers, practices, professionals, organizations, manufacturers and investors nationwide," Michael Allen, Opus co-president, said in a release.