On the Move: 29 July 2014

BSA, Sullivan, Nashville Health Care Council, Tennessee Oncology, Vanderbilt, Vanick announce updates

BSA hires two, promotes pair

Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. has announced two hirings and two promotions, according to Jeff Pettus, BSA president and chief executive officer.

Susan White has joined as a claim specialist.

Prior to joining BSA, she began in the insurance industry as a claim adjuster for Western States Insurance in Freeport, Ill., where she was employed for 10 years. White also previously worked for General Casualty/QBE Insurance for 17 years.

White graduated from Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill, with a degree in education 

LaTronya Roberts has been promoted within BSA’s Tennessee Claims Department team to the position of claim examiner II.

Previously, Roberts served as a claim assistant in the BSA Occupational Accident Department.

Roberts received her associate of applied science (AAS) degree, with a paralegal studies major, from Volunteer State College in Gallatin, Tenn.

Theodore Roose has been hired as a senior claim representative.

Before joining BSA, Roose was employed as a multi-line claims supervisor for American Mining Insurance Co. in Birmingham.

Roose graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.

Justin Corser, has been promoted within BSA’s Tennessee Claims Department team to the position of claim examiner II,

Corser had served as a claim assistant in the Tennessee Claims Department. Previously, he has been employed as an office assistant for IKON Business Solutions.

Corser attended Monroe County Community College for a year, majoring in music. He later attended
the School of Audio Engineering Nashville for two years and obtained an associate degree in audio engineering.

Tennessee Oncology adds Donnellan

Tennessee Oncology has added Dr. William B. Donnellan, a hematologist and medical oncologist who will serve patients at the Center for Blood Cancers located in TriStar Centennial Medical Center.

“Tennessee Oncology’s Center for Blood Cancers is committed to providing compassionate, ethical and high quality care,” Dr. Jeffrey Patton, CEO at Tennessee Oncology, said in a release.  “We are confident that Dr. Donnellan’s impressive specialty training and research will further enhance our patients’ cancer care experience. We are proud to welcome him to our team.” 

Donnellan received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham (UAB).  He also completed an internal medicine residency program and hematology/oncology fellowship program at the university. 

Prior to joining Tennessee Oncology, Donnellan served patients at the University of Alabama Hospital, as well as the Birmingham Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. 

VU-led team makes discovery related to colorectal cancer

A Vanderbilt University-led research team has identified protein “signatures” of genetic mutations that drive colorectal cancer, the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer deaths after lung cancer.

The current issue of the journal Nature outlines what is the first integrated “proteogenomic” characterization of human cancer, which “will enable new advances” in diagnosing and treating the disease, the scientists concluded.

“It’s a first-of-its-kind paper. I think it’s a very important advance in the field,” senior author Dr. Daniel Liebler, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and director of the Jim Ayers Institute for Precancer Detection and Diagnosis at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, said in a release.

The research team, representing Vanderbilt and six other institutions, is part of the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC), sponsored by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Data analysis was led by first author Dr. Bing Zhang, associate professor of Biomedical Informatics. 

The research was done with the support of the Ayers Institute,

Vanderbilt coauthors from the departments of Biochemistry, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Surgery were Jing Wang, Ph.D., Xiaojing Wang, Ph.D., Jing Zhu, Ph.D., Qi Liu, Ph.D., Zhiao Shi, Ph.D., Matthew Chambers, Lisa Zimmerman, Ph.D., Kent Shaddox, David Tabb, Ph.D., Robert Coffey Jr., M.D., and Robert J.C. Slebos, Ph.D.

Vanick announces Nashville team

Memphis-based digital and web solution company Vanick Digital has announced five new hires in the Nashville market, according to company founder Jim Van de Vuurst. 

The company announced the opening of its Nashville office in June.

“To have already acquired six professionals of this caliber after one month of operation in Nashville is very exciting,” said Van de Vuurst. “We see a great deal of potential in Middle Tennessee and look forward to continued growth opportunities.”

The Nashville Vanick team includes the following:

Matt Nigh is a Project Manager and will oversee client service and project delivery. Prior to joining Vanick, Nigh served as a project coordinator and build manager with Franklin American Mortgage Company.  He began his IT career with Nashville-Based startup, Consensus Point and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Information Systems from Northwestern University.

Curtis Hickman is a project manager and will oversee client service and project delivery. Hickman has more than 18 years of experience in core IT disciplines applied to the delivery of software application and infrastructure projects for business solutions. Hickman is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Gaines Kergosien is a senior solutions architect and will oversee solution design and delivery. For the past 12 years, Gaines has provided consulting services for companies such as Deloitte, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), American General (AIG), Lexis Nexis, Gibson Guitars, and Cardinal Healthcare. Gaines is a board member for the Nashville .NET User Group, the INETA Mentor for TN and speaks at software development conferences throughout the United States.

Dwayne Sharpe is a project manager and will oversee client service and project delivery. For more than 15 years, Sharpe has spearheaded projects and teams for large non-profits, publishers, unified communications corporations, and various small companies and organizations including LifeWay Christian Resources and Aspect Software. Recent projects encompass global web site development and design, API integration management, enterprise content/asset management, custom publishing via mobile applications, marketing analytics & analysis, process and business strategy, e-learning/instructional design, and integrated internet/e-commerce operations.

Jeremy Reed is a business analyst and will assist in streamlining the company's internal requirements gathering and analysis processes. Prior to joining Vanick, Reed served as a technical writer at Franklin American Mortgage Company (FAMC) and later as an IT business analyst. He attended Kalamazoo College for undergraduate studies with a major in French language and translation.

Dale Thomas is systems engineering manager at Vanick Digital. Previously, Thomas worked at Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations, L.L.C., FedEx Services. With more than 18 years of IT Infrastructure experience, Thomas has been involved with complete data center migrations, installations of new data centers, systems engineering and architecture design of both Windows and Red Hat system, network design, and virtualization implementations with VMWare, XEN, and Hyper-V. Thomas holds a B.S. degree in computer science and information systems from Austin Peay.

Sullivan promotes Lindsley

Nashville marketing and communications agency Sullivan Branding has promoted Paul Lindsley from director of public relations to vice president of public relations.

Lindsley joined Sullivan Branding in December 2012.

“The experience and expertise that Paul brings to Sullivan Branding has consistently had a positive impact on the work we do with our clients, strengthening our commitment to measurable success in paid, owned and earned media,” said Evette White, Sullivan Branding CEO and partner, said in a release.

Lindsley is an accredited Business communicator with more than 20 years of experience. He has previously served in communication roles at HealthStream and Saint Thomas Hospital.

Lindsley earned a Master of Arts degree in corporate communication from Austin Peay University and a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Troy University.


Health Care Council names board

The Nashville Health Care Council has announced the appointment of its 2014-15 board of directors.

William F. Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals, will continue to serve as chairman of the board for the second year.

William Gracey, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, continues as vice chairman of the board.

“The Council advances Nashville’s dynamic health care industry and I look forward to working with other industry leaders on our board to cultivate a supportive business environment for health care companies and to further Nashville’s reputation as the nation’s health care industry capital,” Carpenter said in a release.

New and renewing at-large directors include, U.S. Senator Bill Frist, M.D., partner, Cressey & Company; Herb Fritch, president, Cigna-HealthSpring; Joey Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Acadia Healthcare; Lynn Massingale, M.D., executive chairman, TEAMHealth; Andy Smith, CEO, Brookdale Senior Living; Dee Anna Smith, CEO, Sarah Cannon Research Institute; and Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO, DaVita.

Nine new directors representing health care companies and professional service organizations that support the industry are joining the board for one-year terms:

Daryl Dunn, vice president, Interior Design Services – A Division of DeKalb Office; Robert J. Fraiman, Jr., president and CEO, Cain Brothers & Company; Fletcher Lance, vice president and national health care leader, North Highland Company; Randy Lowry, J.D., Ph.D., president, Lipscomb University; James M. Lyons, president and CEO, The SSI Group; Phil McSween, health law group chair, Baker Donelson; Richard P. Seadler, II, Tennessee market president, Commerce Bank; Ross E. Taubman, D.P.M., president and chief medical officer, Podiatry Insurance Company of America; Jonathan G. Weaver, partner, Assurance Services, EY.

Mitch Edgeworth, COO, hospital and clinics network, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been elected to the board for a one-year term. He serves in a director seat for an outstanding alumnus of the Council Fellows initiative.

In addition, Kelvin M. Ault, partner, U.S. investor-owned health services tax leader, PwC and chairman of the Council’s Leadership Health Care initiative, was elected to serve a one-year term on the board.

“We are pleased to have nationally respected industry leaders serving on the Council’s Board of Directors,” said Caroline Young, Council president. “These executives bring valuable experience and leadership to the organization, and we are proud to have their support and engagement as the Council continues to enhance membership and program activities.”

View the full board here.



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