GrandRounds Memphis Medical Society Installs New Officers, Board Members Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS a facial plastic surgeon at The Langsdon Clinic, has been officially installed as the 2017 president of the Memphis Medical Society during the annual dinner and installation ceremonies last month. Langsdon, who becomes the 2,215-member organization’s 140th president, replaces outgoing president Tommy J. Campbell. Others installed are president-elect Autry J. Parker, MD, pain management at Semmes-Murphey Clinic; vicepresident – Andrew T. Watson, MD, cardiovascular disease at Sutherland Cardiology Clinic; secretary - Danielle H. Hassel, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation at Memphis VA Medical Center; and treasurer – Sri I. Naidu, MD, otolaryngology at Mid-South Ear, Nose & Throat. Returning board members are David L. Cannon, MD; Frederick A. Fiedler, MD; James E. Klemis, MD; Jimmie Mancell, MD; Justin Monroe, MD; Christopher M. Pokabla, MD; and Lisa S. Usdan, MD. Raymond R. Walker, MD, family medicine at Saint Francis Inpatient Physicians is the new board member.
UTHSC Addiction Center Gains National Attention The College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) brought the national spotlight to Memphis when its new Center for Addiction Science was named the nation’s first Center of Excellence in Addiction Medicine. The center was cited by the Addiction Medicine Foundation, a national organization that accredits physician training in addiction medicine, for being the first in the country to bring together clinical care, research, education, and community outreach to address addiction and deadly substance use. Grim statistics tell the story of addiction across Tennessee. Eighty percent of the crimes in Tennessee have some drug-related link, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. At least 1,263 Tennesseans died from opioid overdose in 2014, and that same year, more than 1,000 babies in Tennessee were reported born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the result of exposure to addictive drugs in the womb. The UTHSC College of Medicine
is taking a major step toward rewriting that story with the center led by Daniel Sumrok, MD, a former Green Beret and public health physician with more than four de- Daniel Sumrok cades of knowledge in treating the devastating consequences of substance abuse. Managed by University Clinical Health and located at 1325 Eastmoreland Avenue, the center provides clinical treatment services, including cognitive behavioral therapy, medication-assisted treatment, motivational-enhancement therapy, and 12-step program facilitation across all demographics for patients suffering from substance-related and addictive disorders.
Christ Community Health Services Names Leatherwood CEO Shantelle Leatherwood, who grew up in South Memphis and began working at Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) as an administrative assistant in 1999, is the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Leatherwood fills the Shantelle position that came open Leatherwood in December when Ed Roberson retired. Four years after being hired at CCHS, Leatherwood was promoted to practice administrator and since has served in several positions, most recently Chief Administrative Officer. Leatherwood earned a B.S. in Health Care Administration and Planning at Tennessee State University and a Master of Health Administration at the University of Missouri.
AMA’s Gurman Says Court Order Halts Bad Deal for Elderly Patients Andrew W. Gurman, MD, President, American Medical Association said a recent court order was good news for one large group of patients. “Elderly patients were the big winners as a federal court imposed an injunction on Aetna’s $37 billion acquisition of Humana,” he said of last month’s ruling. “The court ruling halts Aetna’s bid to become the nation’s largest seller of Medicare Advantage plans and preserves the benefits of health insurer competition for a vulnerable population
of seniors. “Aetna’s strategy to eliminate head-to-head competition with rival Humana posed a clear and present threat to the quality, accessibility and affordability of healthcare for millions of seniors. The AMA applauds the extraordinarily well-documented, comprehensive, fact-based ruling of U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, which acknowledged that meaningful action was needed to preserve competition and protect high-quality medical care from unprecedented market power that Aetna would acquire from the merger deal. Importantly, Judge Bates further concluded that the merger would unlawfully restrain competition in the sale of individual commercial insurance on the public exchanges in three counties in Florida identified in the complaint. “The court’s ruling sets a notable legal precedent by recognizing Medicare Advantage as a separate and distinct market that does not compete with traditional Medicare. This was a view advocated by the AMA, as well as leading economists. AMA also applauds the decision for protecting competition on the public exchanges. “The AMA’s stand against this anticompetitive merger shows again that when doctors join together, the best outcome for patients and doctors can be achieved. Given the troubling consolidation trends in health insurance industry, the AMA will continue to advocate on behalf of patients and physicians to foster more competitive health insurance markets.”
Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Requests Nominations The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame, an initiative to honor Tennessee’s finest healthcare leaders, is accepting nominations for its 2017 class via the organization’s website, www.tnhealthcarehall.com. Submissions will be accepted until March 10. With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the health care industry, the Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the pioneers who have formed Tennessee’s healthcare community and encourage future generations of innovators and leaders. Created by Belmont University and The McWhorter Society and supported by the Nashville Health Care Council, a
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Methodist Wins Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center Methodist University Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Methodist University Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in which Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements. Susan Childs
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EMHC Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Ambulance Service EMHC, the Memphis area’s largest locally owned ambulance provider, marked its 20th year in the ambulance service industry. Beginning its operation in 1997 with three ambulances EMHC today has more than 30 ambulances and also offers air ambulance service. Founders, Michael and Bette Arndt, credit EMHC’s steady growth to “a commitment to provide superior compassionate, individualized care to patients and their families.
Hall of Fame Founding Partner, the Hall of Fame inducted its six-member 2016 class at a luncheon last year. Inductees included Frank S. Groner, president emeritus of Memphis’ Baptist Memorial Hospital.
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