Grand Rounds October

Local Pharmacist Honored by Peers


NASHVILLE–Terry L. King, Pharm.D., of Knoxville, Tennessee, was recently named “Health-System Pharmacist of the Year” by the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) in a ceremony held during its annual meeting, in conjunction with the 124th Annual Convention of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) held recently in Kingsport, Tennessee.

The "Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award" is presented annually to a pharmacist in recognition of significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy and hospital practice; development and implementation of advanced hospital pharmacy practice, programs, research, and/or publications; personal enrichment endeavors through specialized training and advanced degrees; and demonstrated leadership qualities. 

King is an Informatics Support Pharmacist for the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.  He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

King collaborated with neonatology and the NICU staff to develop a protocol to manage Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome patients with morphine rather than methadone.  He did the research, identified a protocol, and created an algorithm to aid the prescribers and staff in implementing and maintaining the protocol.  King completed a Pharmacist Immunization Certification program, and voluntarily completed BLS and PALS training and enrolled as a BLS instructor.  He serves on the hospital’s Family-Centered Care Committee where he readily represents the pharmacy wherever needed.  He joined a multidisciplinary group headed by the Chief Medical Officer and Nursing Director for Critical Care Services to evaluate the hospital’s response to Code Blues, and has helped to develop a plan to prepared pharmacists to attend Code Blues.  He learned how to use Access database software so that he could develop a database that lets the pharmacy track Code Blue inventory. 

King is an active member of state and national pharmacy associations, including the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.



Eagle of Pfizer Joins Provectus Pharmaceuticals’s Corporate Advisory Board


KNOXVILLE—Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development-stage oncology and dermatology biopharmaceutical company, announced that Craig Eagle, MD, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships for the Oncology unit at Pfizer Inc, has joined its Corporate Advisory Board.

Eagle joined Pfizer Australia in 2001 as part of the medical group, where he participated in scientific research, regulatory strategy and pricing and reimbursement negotiations for compounds in therapeutic areas including oncology, anti-infectives, respiratory, arthritis and pain management. He relocated to the United States in 2003 to fulfill the position of the worldwide lead for development of celecoxib in oncology to oversee the global research program. With increasing responsibilities, he focused primarily on overseeing the global research plans and teams for irinotecan and dalteparin. In 2007 he became the head of the oncology therapeutic area global medical group for Pfizer, which includes the U.S. oncology business. Dr. Eagle, who led the integration of the Pfizer/Wyeth oncology businesses and portfolio, has also been involved with teams that resulted in eight new products.

Following his completion of medical school at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Eagle received his general internist training at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. Dr. Eagle then completed specialist training in hematology/oncology and was granted Fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (FRCPA), and he continued to research and develop a new monoclonal antibody at the Royal Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.



Sisters of Mercy Honored with Special Health Care Heroes Award


KNOXVILLE- The Sisters of Mercy were honored with the Special Recognition for Community Service Award by the 2011 Health Care Heroes Project.

The Greater Knoxville Business Journal sponsors the annual Health Care Heroes Awards to celebrate the individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and availability of medical care in East Tennessee.

“Since founding St. Mary’s in 1930, the Sisters of Mercy have been an inspiration to all our patients, their families and all those who care for them.  And, in the process, they have made an indelible mark on the hearts and the health of people throughout East Tennessee,” said Jeff Ashin, Mercy Health Partners President and CEO.  Jeff, along with the other healthcare system CEOs in the Knoxville area, was a member of the committee that selected this year’s Health Care Heroes award recipients.

        The six Sisters of Mercy who were honored at the 2011 Health Care Heroes luncheon are Sister Mary Janice Brink, Sister Patricia Connolly, Sister Marie Moore, Sister Mary Martha Naber, Sister Mary Albertine Paulus and Sister Margaret Turk.

Sister Martha, the Regional Liaison for Mercy Sponsorship, said today’s Sisters honor the tradition of those who established the healing ministry more than eight decades ago.

“From the very beginning, the Sisters of Mercy have lived out our mission of compassionate service by addressing unmet needs wherever we have found them. We have been privileged over the years to be part of a marvelous group of healthcare workers - innovative, dedicated and caring. We are always aware of the Sisters who have gone before us and the rich legacy we have inherited,” Sister Martha said.

In addition to the Sisters, Mercy-affiliated physicians honored as Health Care Heroes this year include Alan Solomon, MD, in the Innovation category and Bruce Avery, MD, in the Physician category.



Mercy Health Partners and Health Management Announce New System Name:  TENNOVA HEALTHCARE

Name Combines East Tennessee Heritage and New, Innovative Healthcare


KNOXVILLE—Mercy Health Partners and Health Management Associates, Inc. announced that the East Tennessee hospital system will change its name from Mercy to Tennova Healthcare. The name change will become effective immediately following the anticipated October closing of Health Management’s acquisition of Mercy.


“We are excited and proud of the new name,” said Jeffrey A. Ashin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health Partners. “Tennova Healthcare, which translates to ‘new healthcare for Tennessee’, accomplishes the goal of a new identity that reflects the culture of the Mercy family of hospitals and the important role they play in East Tennessee.”


The first part of “Tennova” connotes Mercy’s roots in Tennessee. The second part of the name – “nova” – is formed from the Latin word “novare,” meaning “to make new.” It is also the foundation of the English word innovation, which will be the hallmark of Tennova’s approach to healthcare delivery and is one of the six pillars upon which all Health Management hospitals are built. The new name supports Health Management’s desire to grow the Mercy system into the future, build upon its longstanding mission, and succeed as the leading provider of healthcare in the region.


“Together, the combined words – Tennova – carry a promise of delivering the latest in healthcare for residents in East Tennessee,” said Britt T. Reynolds, Division 1 President for Health Management.  “It’s a promise of new technologies to advance the art and science of medicine, new state-of-the-art equipment for use by skilled physicians, new and expanded services, and innovative new ways to deliver healthcare to this region.”


The Tennova emblem has been carefully crafted to include a bold font that represents strength and the primary color of green that connotes a forward-thinking, growing organization which welcomes patients and their families to new thinking about healthcare. In addition, the mark includes elements that honor the faith-based legacy of both the St. Mary’s and Baptist systems, including the cross that appears at the letter “t” in Healthcare. To the left of the cross is “heal”, which signifies Tennova’s mission to maintain the faith-based, healing ministry that the community expects from Mercy and St. Mary’s.


In addition to the system name change, six of the seven individual hospitals included in the transaction will be renamed as follows:

  • Physicians Regional Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s)
  • Turkey Creek Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center West)
  • Jefferson Memorial Hospital (previously St. Mary’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital)
  • Newport Medical Center (previously Baptist Hospital of Cocke County)
  • LaFollette Medical Center (previously St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County)
  • North Knoxville Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center North in Powell)
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center Scott County (name will remain as it will not be part of the Tennova system in 2012)


The use of the new names begins when the transaction is complete, although the placement of the new names on signage and hospital materials will occur over time.

As part of the agreement, the Mercy system name must change because other hospitals using that name will continue to operate under Catholic Health Partners, the current parent company of Mercy in Tennessee. For more information on the Tennova transition, visit



Daniel Joins Vista Radiology as IT Manager


Knoxville, Tenn. —Jason Daniel has joined Vista Radiology, P.C., as information technology manager.

Prior to Vista, he was employed by Southeastern Retina Associates as the director of IT, overseeing its technological needs in 24 offices throughout five states. While at SRA, Daniel reduced IT costs while improving the company’s technological efficiency. Before his work at SRA, he was a network engineer for Answer Financial Inc. in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Daniel graduated summa cum laude and as class valedictorian from ITT Technical Institute with an associate’s degree of applied science in computer networking and systems technology.

Vista provides radiology services for 13 hospitals, both in East Tennessee and around the Southeast.



Soappman joins Marino Therapy Centers


KNOXVILLE—Marino Therapy Centers announced the addition of Stacy Soappman to their Physical Therapy team. Soappman is a NAIOMT (North American Institute of Manual Therapy) Level IV trained therapist. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) and is only 1 of 8 in the Southeastern United States and the only one of her kind in the Knoxville area.

NAIOMT Level IV certification FAAOMPT designations represent extensive training in working with patients who present with complex musculoskeletal problems. She has had the opportunity to work with Olympic athletes, professional cyclists, as well as college and high school athletes. She has also worked with college sports teams to help prevent injuries and improve performance.


First Daisy Award Winner Recognized at UT Medical Center

Award Given to Nurses for Providing Extraordinary Patient Care


KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee Medical Center recently recognized Susan Warden as the recipient of its first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing. Warden, a nurse in the medical center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), earned the award for the exceptional care she provides for the critically ill and premature babies in the unit as well as for the compassion she shows toward her patients’ families.


The DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 at the age 33 of complications related to a rare auto-immune disease. Grateful for the care provided to Patrick during his hospitalization, the Barnes family created the award as a way to thank nurses for profound difference they make in the lives of their patients and families. The DAISY Award program is now in place in hundreds of hospitals throughout the country.


Warden earned her DAISY Award following a nomination by a fellow NICU nurse at UT Medical Center. Leaders at the hospital said during the recent awards ceremony that Warden is well deserving of the honor.


“Susan is very dedicated and passionate about neonatal intensive care and even started what we call the NIC (neonatal intensive care) at Night Journal Club which promotes continuing nursing education for our staff nurses,” said Kim Massey, nurse manager of the NICU at UT Medical Center. “She works very hard to provide excellent care and compassion for her patients and the families with babies in the NICU. We know that despite all the best efforts and advances in medicine, some NICU babies don’t make it. In those instances, Susan supports the parents and family by coordinating the NICU bereavement program to offer additional emotional support along with keepsakes for the parents.”



Peninsula Offers 11th Annual Ethics Workshop Nov. 10


KNOXVILLE—Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, will host its eleventh annual ethics workshop November 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike in Knoxville.

The topic is, “Ethical Boundaries in Therapeutic and Supervisory Relationships.”

Kristel  Headley, M.A., LPC-MHSP, ACS, Clinical Director of Peninsula Hospital, and Mark Potts, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), Director of Clinical Services for Peninsula Outpatient, will facilitate the interactive workshop.

Among those who should attend are case managers, therapists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and drug and alcohol counselors who work in a variety of settings. Depending upon the accreditation preference selected during registration, certificates will be awarded for 3.0 Contact Hours, .3 CEs, and/or .3 CEUs. To earn certificates, participants must be present for the entire workshop.


This intermediate level workshop, led by mental healthcare practitioners with more than 35 years' combined clinical experience, includes the review of ethical decision making models, interactive video vignettes that feature common ethical dilemmas in clinical practice, and group discussion.

Participants will explore ethical implications involved in setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries in therapeutic and supervisory relationships.  This workshop is designed to help participants:

• Describe two ethical decision making models and apply them to clinical practice.

• Identify personal and cultural values that may have an impact on therapeutic and supervisory relationships.

• Describe two models of clinical supervision and identify requirements of the role of both supervisor and supervisee.

The cost is $45 per person, and includes a full buffet dinner. Participants may earn Contact Hours by attending. CEs have been applied for from the American Psychological Association and CEUs have been applied for from the U.T. College of Social Work. Ask for information about additional costs for CEs and CEUs when you call to register.

For more information, visit  Pre-register by November 1 by calling (865) 541-4500. Participants with special needs should register by October 24 to allow for provision of services.



Norman Joins UT Medical Center


KNOXVILLE—Neurosurgeon Dr. Joel Norman recently joined The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Norman, who joins the Neurological Surgery practice of Dr. William Reid at the medical center, is a board eligible neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine and brain surgery.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Norman’s caliber join us at UT Medical Center, “said Ann Giffin, vice president of the Brain and Spine Institute at UT Medical Center. “His skills and expertise will allow us to further expand our Minimally Invasive Spine Center programs for our patients in East Tennessee.”

Norman received his bachelor’s from Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with his medical degree from Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He went on to complete his Neurosurgical Residency and general surgery internship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  Norman is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Prior to joining UT Medical Center he was Chief Resident in neurology in Lexington, Va. While attending medical school at Quillen College of Medicine he volunteered with Remote Area Medical (RAM), a non-profit, airborne relief corps, that provides free medical care in both Jellico, Tenn. and Wise, Va.

Norman will practice at both the main UT Medical Center campus in Knoxville and the Sevier County location at UT Medical Plaza – Sevierville.



UT College of Nursing Prepares Nurses for Global Disasters


KNOXVILLE—When disaster strikes, nurses are on the front lines—caring for victims, managing resources, communicating information and directing others in caring for people's psychological and physical well-being. Yet, few educational programs offer nurses comprehensive training to lead in disaster situations worldwide.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing is accepting applications for its new Global Disaster Nursing program, which will train nurses to respond to emergencies anywhere in the world. The program will offer one-of-a-kind global disaster training for nurses earning advanced nursing degrees. Classes begin in January 2012.

The Global Disaster Nursing program is being funded by a three-year, $775,850 grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2005, the College of Nursing blazed a trail with the Homeland Security Nursing program, attracting hundreds of applicants and garnering national media attention for its unique program. The Global Disaster Nursing program is a natural transformation of the Homeland Security program, offering a more comprehensive curriculum to broadly prepare nurses for disasters on a global scale. 

The Global Disaster Nursing program will address a largely unmet need in public health. It will prepare nurse leaders, managers and advance-practice nurses to plan for mass casualty disasters, effectively manage logistics of an event in progress, work cooperatively with government officials and responders and provide direct patient care to victims of trauma or catastrophic events.

Integral to the new program will be field experience, which includes either going abroad or working with an agency that responds to humanitarian needs in under-resourced areas. New course content will also train nurses in tropical medicine and infectious disease and how to practice in austere conditions where supplies are limited. This builds upon existing coursework, which trains nurses in global security threats, mass casualty and emergency communications, ethics, the ideology of terrorism, geopolitical affairs, management and leadership principles, as well disaster-specific nursing care.

Featuring internships with local, state and federal agencies, simulation exercises and work with disaster relief agencies, the New Global Disaster program will offer master's and doctoral degrees. A post-master's certificate will also be available for nurses who already hold an advanced degree and want to obtain new skills in this specialized field.

An interdisciplinary post-master's certificate in global disaster studies will offer similar graduate-level coursework to non-nursing professionals. 

Application deadlines vary for each degree. For information, call Susan Speraw in the College of Nursing at 865-974-7586 or visit



SUBWAY® support brings JDRF closer to diabetes cure

Annual fundraiser supports efforts in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes


KNOXVILLE—SUBWAY® of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia raised approximately $48,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) East Tennessee Branch in 2011 between their Walk to Cure Diabetes sponsorship and Sneaker Sales.

“SUBWAY® is a great corporate and community partner,” said Mike Brin, JDRF Special Events Manager. “Their enthusiasm and support at all three of our walks helped make our events such a great success in 2011.  We appreciate Subway and their support in helping JDRF in our quest to find a cure for diabetes.”  Locally, JDRF organizes Walks to Cure Diabetes held annually in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities.

JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime.  More than 24 million Americans, almost eight percent of the population have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.  A new case is diagnosed every 30 seconds, almost 3,000 new diagnoses every day.  Walk for a Cure and Sneaker Sales raise awareness and money to help fund research to find a cure for this disease.

SUBWAY® restaurants are individually owned and are operated by independent franchisees who pride themselves on being caring and active members of their communities. SUBWAY® franchisees can be found working with local and regionally based organizations that provide help and support in their community – making a difference in the lives of others.


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UT Graduate School of Medicine Breaks Ground on Expansion of Family Medicine Clinic

Patient care facilities and resident learning opportunities to grow at UT Medical Center


KNOXVILLE—A  building project is expected to result in a more comfortable and appealing environment of care environment for patients as well as enhanced learning opportunities for family medicine residents at the UT Graduate School of Medicine (GSM), located on the campus of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, GSM officials announced during a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. The 7,300 square foot addition will vastly grow the patient care area of the GSM’s Department of Family Medicine, allowing for expanded services and an increased patient base.


Faculty members with the Department of Family Medicine oversee and guide residents as the physicians care for about 20,000 patients a year in the current space. The number of physicians and patients has more than doubled over the years, creating a need for the expansion.


The project will add more than 18 new exam rooms, two procedure rooms and an imaging suite for x-rays and ultrasounds, all in close proximity for convenient and timely care. Patient comfort and physician efficiency are major factors in the design of the facility. Themed suites will be created to pay tribute to the mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes of the East Tennessee in a functional design pattern that maximizes physician and staff flow on behalf of patients. The result is expected to be a relaxing environment for patients.


“With the attractive environment and the computers and electronic medical records available in every room, we truly will be able to create a patient centered medical home for our patients,” said Dr. Gregory Blake, chair of the Department of Family Medicine. “The addition and renovation to the Department of Family Medicine represent our ongoing commitment to our patients’ care and to our residents’ education.”


For the residents, the construction project will bring a state-of-the art 60-seat auditorium complete with the latest in audio-visual equipment expected in a top quality academic medical center. Additionally, access to clinical training equipment, private study and work areas, and modern lounge and kitchen areas are expected to result in an area that’s conducive to further learning and career development for the residents.


The project will be completed in three phases, the first of which is expected to wrap up in spring of 2012. Additional phases will focus on renovating current clinical and office space and are expected to be completed within three years. The first phase of the project is a $2 million plan funded through generous donations made by a local family as well as a Health Resources and Services Agency Administration grant. A $6 million fundraising campaign is underway to fund the remaining work. For more information about the project or to make a donation, call the Office of Development at (865) 305-6611.




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