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Coopwood Installed As THA Chairman Medley Selected As Chair-Elect
Reginald Coopwood, MD, president and CEO, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, was installed as chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association’s board of directors during the association’s recent annual meeting in Nashville.
Mark Medley, president and CEO, hospital operations, Capella Healthcare, Franklin, was elected chairman-elect of the board. He will become chairman during the 2014 annual meeting in Nashville.
Joe Landsman, president and CEO, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, became immediate past chairman. He also will serve as speaker of the House of Delegates in 2014.
Reginald Coopwood, President and CEO, Regional Medical Center
Mark Medley, President and CEO, Capella Healthcare
Coopwood has served as president and CEO of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis since 2010. Prior to this position, he served as chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority, which included Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, Bordeaux Long-Term Care and Knowles Assisted Living & Adult Day Services. In 2000, he became the first appointed chief medical officer for Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, a position he held until his selection as CEO in 2005.
A board certified surgeon, Coopwood served as associate clinical professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and associate professor of surgery at Meharry Medical College. He serves on the boards of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST), America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems), Governor’s Health and Wellness Task Force and MidSouth eHealth Alliance (MSeHA).
Coopwood is chairman of the American Hospital Association’s Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council. He also is a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives.
He received a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry and business administration at Oakwood College and a doctorate of medicine at Meharry Medical College.
Medley is responsible for the operations of 14 acute care and specialty hospital facilities throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Capella in 2008, he was affiliated with LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., Franklin, for nine years, serving as a hospital CEO and a division chief financial officer.
Medley has served as chairman of the THA Council on Government Affairs and he received the THA Small or Rural Hospital Leadership Award in 2013 in recognition of his service. In addition, he has served on the Tennessee Rural Partnership and THA Solutions Group boards of directors.
A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Medley has served on the advisory council to Tennessee’s ACHE regent. In addition, he serves on the board for Ridley Barron, Inc., an organization nationally known for its efforts to improve patient safety and inspire positive change.
Medley received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.
District representatives on the THA board of directors are (italicized names indicate reelected or newly elected members): David Archer, CEO, Memphis market, Saint Francis Hospital, Memphis district;Thomas Gee, CEO, Henry County Medical Center, Paris, west district; Mike Garfield, CEO, HMA/Tennova Healthcare, middle district; Alan Watson, CEO, Maury Regional Healthcare System, Columbia,south middle district; James Hobson, president and CEO, Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga district; Keith Goodwin, president and CEO, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville district; Scott Bowman, administrator, Sweetwater Hospital Association, mid-east district; and Candace Jennings, senior vice president, Tennessee operations, Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, northeast district.
At-large members of the board are: Bobby Arnold, president and CEO, West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson; David Posch, CEO, Vanderbilt University Hospitals, Nashville; Denny DeNarvaez, president and CEO, Wellmont Health System, Kingsport; Jeff Seraphine, president, Delta Division, LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., Brentwood; Mike Schatzlein, MD, president and CEO, Saint Thomas Health, Nashville; and Anthony Spezia, president and CEO, Covenant Health, Knoxville.
Other board appointments include:Thelma Traut, board chair, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon, and Jeffrey Woodside, MD, board member, Hardin Medical Center, Savannah; representing hospital trustees; Scott Tongate, CEO, Lauderdale Community Hospital, Ripley, representing the THA Small or Rural Constituency Section; and THA President Craig Becker.
Paul Korth, CEO and CFO, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, will represent the THA Council on Government Affairs; Morris Seligman, MD, senior vice president/CMO, Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, and chairman, THA CMO Society, will serve as the physician representative; Charles Howorth, executive director, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Nashville, will serve as the business representative; Chuck Whitfield, president and CEO, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville, will serve as the THA Solutions Group board representative; Jason Boyd, interim CEO, Metro Hospital Authority, Nashville, and chair of the THA Council on Diversity, will serve as the diversity representative; Christine Bradley, assistant vice chancellor, government relations, Vanderbilt University Hospitals, Nashville, will serve as the Tennessee Rural Partnership representative; and Robert Gordon, retired executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis, has been selected to serve as an emeritus board member.
Jason Little, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis; and Stephen Corbeil, president, HCA TriStar Health System, Brentwood, will serve as Tennessee’s delegates to the American Hospital Association (AHA). Kevin Spiegel, president and CEO, Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, will serve as an AHA alternate delegate.
THA, founded in 1938, serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems, home health agencies and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve.
Tennessee Payment Reform
The state recentlyreceived a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop a plan to transform the healthcare payment system in Tennessee. The governor’s vision is to incentivize providers to provide the highest quality, least costly care for all Tennesseans.
The two key components of the plan are primary care medical homes and retrospective bundled payments for defined episodes of care. The plan initially will include services provided to TennCare enrollees and Tennessee state employees.
Led by the TennCare bureau, the state has begun convening stakeholder groups to educate them about the plan and provide an opportunity for those stakeholders to help shape the design of the new payment system. They are bringing together healthcare providers and clinicians, employers who purchase health insurance for their employees, major insurance companies, and patients and family members to reform the healthcare payment system in Tennessee. Presentations from provider, public and employer meetings may be accessed by clicking here.
THA Announces 2013 Award Recipients
The Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) honored 19 individuals and organizations during its 75th annual meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville this week.
Healthcare Hero Awards
The healthcare hero award honors individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Connie Longley, director of surgery, Parkridge Medical Center, Chattanooga, was honored for her selfless dedication to arrange care and transport a co-worker’s daughter back to the United States following a critical head injury in Mexico.
Meritorious Service Awards
Meritorious service awards recognize leadership and service by individuals in support of their hospitals and health systems.
Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Landsman, president & CEO, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, received the meritorious service award for a chief executive officer in honor of his significant contributions and steadfast leadership in guiding the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Pam Castleman, senior vice president & chief nursing officer, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Memphis, received the meritorious service award for a senior executive. She was recognized for her vision and passion for others and her effective leadership at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
Ted Mashburn, administrative director of radiology services, Blount Memorial Hospital, Maryville, was honored for his 40 years of exceptional service and leadership as director of radiology at Blount Memorial Hospital.
Robert Calhoun, environmental services director, Trousdale Medical Center, Hartsville, was recognized for 50 years of exemplary service, as well as his work ethic, personal standards, kindness and leadership.
David Crockett, Sr., board member, Wellmont Health System & Bristol Regional Medical Center, was recognized for his dedication to improving the delivery and access to health care in northeast Tennessee for the last 30 years, three times serving as chairman of the board of directors at Bristol Regional Medical Center and once as chairman of the Wellmont Health System board of directors.
Dennis Ragsdale, board chairman, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, also received the meritorious serve award for a board member. He was honored for his more than four decades of devoted service to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
April Pettit, MD, instructor, department of medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, received the meritorious service award for medical staff. She was recognized for her rigorous, thorough and committed care of a patient that led to the diagnostic discovery of the 2012 multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis.
Joseph Smiddy, MD, pulmonologist, Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep, also received the meritorious service award for medical staff. He was recognized for being a tireless champion for accessible health care throughout the Appalachian region.
Scott Portis, MD, director of emergency department & emergency medical service, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon, also received the meritorious service award for medical staff. He was honored for his dedication to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon for over 39 years.
Grace Tomkins, volunteer, Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, was honored for her more than 41 years of service as a volunteer at Sumner Regional Medical Center.
Diversity Champion Award
This new award recognizes a leader who has made outstanding contributions in fostering leadership, workplace diversity and inclusion, and demonstrated his or her commitment to a diverse workforce.
Reginald Coopwood, MD, president & CEO, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Memphis, received the diversity champion award. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions in fostering leadership, workplace diversity and inclusion at both the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and in the healthcare community as a whole.
Patient Safety Leadership Award
This award recognizes an individual who has taken extraordinary and innovative steps to make patient safety and quality a top priority in their organization. It honors superior efforts in preventing adverse health events and measures improvement through the hospital’s participation in the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety collaboratives.
David Roberts, MD, vice president/chief medical officer, West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson, was recognized for his commitment to safe, effective and efficient patient care at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
THA Nurse of Distinction Awards
The nurse of distinction awards recognize outstanding contributions to nursing by registered nurses employed at a THA member hospital or health system.
Executive Nurse of Distinction Award
Jeanne Yeatman, program director, LifeFlight Air Medical Program, director of emergency services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, received the executive nurse of distinction award. She was honored for her long-term contributions to both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the community through her work with Vanderbilt’s Life Flight air medical program.
Clinical Nurse of Distinction Award
Peggy Simpson, nurse manager, Firefighters Regional Burn Center, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Memphis, received the clinical nurse of distinction award. She was recognized for her clinical and leadership skills in service to patients in the burn center at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award
Luke Gregory, chief executive officer, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, received the senior-level healthcare executive award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He was honored for his high ideals, diplomacy and tact that inspires savvy business leaders.
Donald King, III, chief operating officer, Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, also received the senior level healthcare executive award for his work with ACHE.
Teresa Levy, senior vice president, chief administrative officer, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, also received the senior level healthcare executive award. She was recognized for demonstrating leadership and excellence throughout her career.
Early Career Healthcare Executive Award
Christopher Jenkins, administrative director, University of Tennessee Methodist Physicians, Memphis, received the early career healthcare executive award from ACHE. He was recognized for his commitment to ACHE.
THA, founded in 1938, serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems, home health agencies and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve.
THA Goes to Washington
THA members met with Tennessee congressional delegation in Washington this week during the American Hospital Association’s advocacy day. Attendees included (from left) Paul Korth, Cookeville Regional Medical Center; David McClure, THA; Howard Roddy, Memorial Health Care System; Mary Layne Van Cleave, THA; Ron Loving, Erlanger Medical Center; Alan Watson, Maury Regional Healthcare System; Andy Hall, Wellmont Health System; Mike Dietrich, THA; and Alex Currie, Vanderbilt University Hospitals.
Tennessee Hospital Association Recognized for Leadership in Quality Improvement
The Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) was awarded the highest patient safety and quality recognition by the American Hospital Association (AHA) at a national conference in San Diego this week for its work in reducing patient harm.
The Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership is presented annually to state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contribute to national health care improvement efforts.
THA was presented the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership this week. Pictured are (from left): Rich Umbdenstock, American Hospital Association (AHA) president and CEO; Craig Becker, THA President; Bruce Rueben, president, Florida Hospital Association; and Maureen Swick, a member of the AHA board of trustees and vice chair of the award selection committee.
The award was given to THA for, among other things, its innovative approach to patient safety and quality by partnering hospitals, BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee Health Foundation and the Tennessee chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and reductions in surgical complications by 36 percent, saving an estimated 516 lives and over $5 million in costs. The award also recognized the association’s work with the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC), which has reduced early elective deliveries by 64 percent through the “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign.
THA, recognizing the changing healthcare landscape, identified three major areas of focus for the association; quality and safety, physician alignment and efficiency. The commitment to patient safety and quality led to the launch of the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety (TCPS) in 2007, with 126 hospitals actively participating representing more than 90 percent of all hospital admissions.
“Tennessee hospitals are working hard to improve patient safety and quality and have made great strides in these areas,” said Craig A. Becker, THA president.
“The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety will continue to work with hospitals and physicians to develop and define best practices that reduce patient harm and expand performance improvement.”
The association serves as a convener, facilitator and collaborator of stakeholders aligning priorities and goals that advance Tennessee’s hospitals’ adoption of proven strategies that enhance the reliability, safety and quality of care received by patients. TCPS has several successful initiatives that include, but are not limited to, a strategic board aim of zero preventable harm, reducing healthcare- associated infections, decreasing early elective deliveries (EEDs) before 39 weeks and the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC) to improve surgical outcomes.
Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Johnson City, was honored as a finalist for the 2013 American Hospital Association (AHA)-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize at the Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit this week. The hospital received $12,500. Pictured are (from left) Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO; Jonathan Niloff, MD, vice president and executive medical director of population health, RelayHealth; and Tony Benton, CEO, Franklin Woods Community Hospital.
The EED project launched in Tennessee is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Partnership for Patients program. The initial program was so successful the THA board endorsed expanding the project to all hospitals in Tennessee with obstetrical services. Key successes include:
The EED has seen significant reductions, with the rate of EEDs decreasing 64 percent from May 2012 to March 2013.
A public awareness campaign with the March of Dimes and other partners used ads and social media to educate expectant parents that “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.”
Tennessee hospitals also have shown significant declines in healthcare-associated infections, including:
A reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) of 66 percent among 140 adult/pediatric intensive care units.
A 66 percent reduction in CLABSI in neonatal intensive care units.
A 76 percent reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonias.
TSQC, a 22-hospital surgical quality collaborative, was formed with the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons to share surgical process and outcomes data to improve surgical care for patients utilizing the American College of Surgeons’ national surgical quality improvement program (NSQIP). TSQC was the first NSQIP state initiative coordinated by a state hospital association and has proven very successful in aligning surgeons and hospitals to work collaboratively to improve surgical care.
Statistically significant decline in 30-day post-operative mortality of 47 percent since 2008.
36% decline in total post-operative complications, resulting in prevention of over 4400 complications since the program began.
Estimated 516 lives saved and over $5 million in costs avoided.
“Tennessee is fortunate to have tremendous partnerships among various professional groups and organizations to align our efforts and work together on quality improvement programs,” Becker noted. “THA is grateful for the tremendous commitment and dedication of the hospital frontline staff who work tirelessly each day to serve their patients and communities and whose work is represented through this recognition.”
The award is named for AHA President Emeritus Dick Davidson, who strongly promoted the role of hospital associations in leading quality improvement during his tenure as AHA president and as president of the Maryland Hospital Association. Applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary award committee, with the AHA board of trustees providing final approval. The committee includes hospital association executives, hospital and health system clinical and operational leaders and a representative from a national, non-AHA organization involved in quality and performance improvement. Information on the award and how to apply is available on AHA's website.
THA, founded in 1938, serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems, home health agencies and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve. The association offers products and services through THA Solutions Group, Inc. and the Tennessee Hospital Education and Research Foundation, Inc., its nonprofit education program.
About the AHA
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
Statement from Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH:
“We’re pleased hospitals in Tennessee, with the strong leadership of the Tennessee Hospital Association, are being recognized for the strides in their work to improve patient safety and quality of care,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “While we still have important work to do together, their gains in challenging key areas like maternal and child health and infection control serve as examples of the success of these efforts. The work to reduce early elective deliveries is a model for successful collaboration; THA’s leadership in this arena brought important credibility and engendered buy-in from hospitals, in turn generating substantial improvement across the state that is giving babies a healthier start and better chance of reaching their first birthday.
“Meaningful engagement by hospital leadership is essential to reduce healthcare-associated infections, and while significant opportunities remain, together THA and TDH have also made great strides in reducing preventable healthcare- associated infections in hospitals and making health care safer for all in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health looks forward to continuing our important collaborative work with THA.”
Benefits of Joining the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety Patient Safety Organization
The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety (TCPS) patient safety organization (PSO) program is designed to provide a separate secure environment where hospitals voluntarily can engage in sharing and analysis of sensitive patient safety and quality information related to events and near misses without the threat or fear of disclosure or increased liability.
Through its listing as a federally certified patient safety organization, the TCPS program provides expert analysis and feedback designed to identify trends, offer best practice approaches and other proven strategies designed to reduce risk, improve reliability and support improvements in the quality and safety of care received by patients in Tennessee and those located in border states, but served by hospital systems headquartered in Tennessee.
By providing both privilege and confidentiality, the TCPS PSO can assist Tennessee hospitals and health systems in providing the safest and highest quality of care to their patients by sharing, analyzing and learning from patient safety events in a protected environment.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals with more than 50 beds, may be required to establish a “patient safety evaluation system (PSES),” which is defined as “the collection, management, or analysis information for reporting to or by a patient safety organization (PSO)” (42 USC 299b-21(6)) from the Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Act of 2005.
The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has not issued a proposed rule describing how to implement this provision of the ACA. As noted in the ACA, the HHS secretary has the ability to create “reasonable exceptions” to the rule and has discretion as to how it will be interpreted. At this time, it is unclear what hospitals will need to do in order to contract with a qualified health plan.
THA’s TCPS PSO is an AHRQ-certified patient safety organization that meets these requirements. Hospitals, health systems and other providers are eligible for membership in the TCPS PSO. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Mooney, clinical director, TCPS PSO program, email@example.com,615-256-8240.
Early Elective Deliveries Reduced 75 Percent in Seven Months
Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) Officials Say Improvement Means Healthier Start For Newest Tennesseans.
NASHVILLE, TN) June 12, 2013—At the end of May 2012, preventable early deliveries at 37 Tennessee hospitals that provide labor and delivery services accounted for 14.1 percent of all deliveries. By the end of the year, that number had dropped to just 3.5 percent of all births, according to data reported by the hospitals and released today by the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA).
Oliver McDonald, weighing in at 8 pounds and 5 ounces when he was born in late February at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, was 40 weeks and 4 days “in utero.” Evidence shows babies carried 39 weeks and beyond are healthier and at lower risk for developmental complications.
The drop is no coincidence, says David Adair, MD, director of maternal-fetal medicine at Erlanger Medical Center-Baroness Hospital, Chattanooga. “This remarkable reduction is the result of a lot of hard work and focus on the part of physicians and other providers across our state and will lead to fewer health and developmental complications in both the short and long term," Adair said.
Healthy Tennessee Babies are Worth the Wait, a partnership launched last year by the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety (TCPS), Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC), Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), March of Dimes (MOD) and the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), set out to improve awareness about the benefits of full-term delivery among expecting parents, their families, health providers and organizations that serve pregnant women.
"Early elective deliveries are associated with increased maternal and neonatal complications for both mothers and newborns, compared to deliveries occurring beyond 39 weeks," Adair noted. “There is a great deal of evidence that documents the upside of going full-term if that is possible without endangering the health of the mother or child. Studies suggest that in addition to being at a decreased risk of death, babies that stay in the womb 39 weeks or longer can feed, digest and breathe better."
"Prevention is the most effective use of our precious health resources," said Craig A. Becker, president of THA. "The early results of this innovative collaboration are proof that when Tennesseans focus their energy and understanding on a health issue, they can change behaviors that lead to unnecessary health risks and additional cost."
Peter Grubb, MD, medical director of the TIPQC, said the results are promising for the future. "This is a great example of how we can improve care for Tennessee families by working together," said Grubb. "By sharing data-driven strategies to implement evidence-based care, we can greatly accelerate the wide spread adoption of practices that improve quality and safety."
As part of the Healthy Tennessee Babies are Worth the Wait initiative, THA encouraged all hospitals providing labor and delivery services to implement policies to reduce deliveries prior to 39 weeks unless there is compelling medical risk to the mother or child. Fifty-nine Tennessee hospitals, or 89 percent, have committed to the project goals of reducing early elective delivery. Participating hospitals include: Athens Regional Medical Center, Baptist Hospital (Nashville), Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, Blount Memorial Hospital, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cumberland Medical Center, Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, Erlanger Women’s East, Erlanger Medical Center-Baroness Hospital, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Gateway Medical Center, Hardin Medical Center, Harton Regional Medical Center, Henry County Medical Center, Hillside Hospital, Indian Path Medical Center, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Jellico Community Hospital, Johnson City Medical Center, Lakeway Regional Hospital, LeConte Medical Center, Lincoln Medical Center, Livingston Regional Hospital, Maury Regional Medical Center, McNairy Regional Hospital, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, Nashville General Hospital, Newport Medical Center, NorthCrest Medical Center, Parkridge East Hospital, Parkwest Medical Center, Regional Hospital of Jackson, River Park Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, SkyRidge Medical Center, Southern Tennessee Medical Center, Sumner Regional Medical Center, Sweetwater Hospital Association, Takoma Regional Hospital, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, TriStar Horizon Medical Center, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, TriStar Summit Medical Center, Turkey Creek Medical Center, University Medical Center, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Hospitals, Volunteer Community Hospital, Wellmont-Holston Valley Medical Center, Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center.
To learn more about the benefits of full-term delivery, new moms, their families and physicians can go to www.healthytennesseebabies.com or visit Healthy Tennessee Babies Are Worth The Wait on Facebook.
Relief Fund Set Up for Oklahoma Hospital Employees
Many around the country have inquired about contributions to a fund to benefit hospital employees impacted by the recent tornadoes in central Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Hospital Association has established the “Oklahoma Hospital Employee Relief Fund” through the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (a 501(c)3 organization). Any individual or organization interested in contributing to this fund should send their check made payable to OK Hospital Employee Relief Fund – CFO in care of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, 4000 Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105. These funds will be used to assist the numerous hospital employees whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged last week.
For additional information, contact Susie Wallace, director of communications, Oklahoma Hospital Association, 405-427-9537, swallace@OKOHA.COM.