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GrandRounds West Tennessee Healthcare Trustees Name Ross As President & Chief Executive Officer JACKSON - West Tennessee Healthcare is pleased to announce James Ross as its President & Chief Executive Officer. The West Tennessee Healthcare Board of Trustees voted to approve Ross during its May board meeting. Ross has been serving as Interim President & Chief Executive Officer James Ross since April 2016. James “JR” Ross joined West Tennessee Healthcare in 1985 as a registered nurse in the surgical intensive care unit. Throughout his career with the health system, he has held various positions including, Critical Care Coordinator, Cardiac Services Manager, Director of CCU, Administrator of the West Tennessee Surgery Center, Executive Director of Physician Services, Director of Case Management/Social Services as well as Vice President of Hospital Services. In 2009, Ross was named Chief Operating Officer for West Tennessee Healthcare. A native of Henderson, Tennessee, Ross is the son of the late Bradie and Mary Ann Ross. He has been active with numerous community and civic organizations. He serves on the Executive Board of the West Tennessee Council for Boy Scouts of America, Jackson Airport Authority, Union University Foundation and he is the Second Vice Chairman on the Jackson Chamber Board of Directors. In 2014, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Ross to the Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors for the State of Tennessee. He has formerly served as a member of the Union University Board of Directors and served on the search committee to hire President Dub Oliver. In 2015, Ross served as the NAACP’s 2015 Freedom Fund Honorary Co- Chair. James Ross is a member of the One Jackson Action Committee, Tennessee Hospital Association Diversity Council, 100 Black Men of West Tennessee, and Madison County Board of Health. He attends Englewood Baptist Church and serves as Chair of the Personnel Committee and has previously served on the Strategic Planning Committee. In 2016, the American Red Cross honored Ross with the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Ross is also active with many professional organizations including, the Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE), American Nurses Association (ANA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Leadership Jackson Alumni Association. WESTTNMEDICALNEWS


Ross says he is honored with his new role. Ross has an Associate of Science degree from Jackson State Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Union University, a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is a Licensed Registered Nurse and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator as well as an Emergency Medical Technician by the State of Tennessee. JR and his wife Cindy have two children, Ashley and Kelsey and two grandchildren, Weston and Maddie Kate.

Cancer Care Center Founder Passes Away JACKSON – William D. Permenter, Jr. passed away in March at his home in Humboldt. William lived most of his life in Tennessee graduating from East Tennessee State University and Quillan-Dishner College of Medicine in Johnson City. He completed his residency in Radiation OnWilliam D. cology at Baylor College Permenter, Jr. of Medicine in Houston. He established his medical practice, Cancer Care Center in Jackson, Tenn. in 1989 and quickly expanded his practice to 3 more clinics in Dyersburg, Union City, & Paris. He was a member of The American College of Radiation Oncology and The American Board of Radiology. His patients loved and respected his compassion and his dedication to his profession. He first chose this field of medicine because his brother, Patrick lost his battle with leukemia in 1979. His other interests included farming & history. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Henry County Medical Center Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade PARIS – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Henry County Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country according to Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts,

peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. To see Henry County Medical Center’s full grade, and to access consumerfriendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade. org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

Chattanooga Pediatrician New Tennessee Medical Association President Nita Shumaker, MD, has taken the reins as President of the Tennessee Medical Association, the state’s largest professional organization for doctors. Her one-year term officially began during last month’s annual meeting of the TMA House of Delegates Nita Shumaker in Nashville. Shumaker is the second female to hold the position. Dr. Phyllis Miller, also of Chattanooga, served as TMA President from 2005-2006. As President, Shumaker will serve as the public spokesperson and official representative for TMA’s more than 9,000 members. She will also hold a seat on the TMA Board of Trustees. Shumaker served as a pediatrician in the U.S. Air Force from 1990 to 1994 while she completed her residency training. She went on to serve two years as a pediatrician at March Air Force Base in Southern California and in 1994 was awarded an Air Force Commendation for Meritorious Service. She has been in private practice with Galen Medical Group, a large, multispecialty practice in Chattanooga, since 1997. Dr. Shumaker has held multiple leadership positions with Galen and currently is a member of the Board of Directors. She is a North Carolina native who earned a bachelor’s degree and completed medical school at East Carolina University. She completed both her internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia.

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TMA to Partner with UT on Physician Executive MBA Program The Tennessee Medical Association, the state’s largest professional organization for doctors, has announced a new partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business Physician Executive MBA program. The partnership reaffirms TMA’s commitment to providing leadership training opportunities for members and fostering a new generation of physician leaders to guide the future of healthcare in Tennessee. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business Physician Executive MBA program is a oneyear program exclusively for physicians. It emphasizes career impact and return on investment through leadership development and a curriculum that emphasizes applied assignments, innovation, and financial acumen. It has a robust and active alumni community with more than 650 graduates since the program’s inception in 1998.

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