Feature Profiles

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Andrew Gregory
Dr. Andrew Gregory has the look of a volleyball player. It just so happens he knows a little bit about the sport since he grew up playing volleyball and is also an official team physician for the U.S. Volleyball Association, home of the U.S. Olympic Volleyball Teams. When he is not traveling with the men's team to Asia and Europe, this pediatric sports medicine specialist splits his time between the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and the Sports Medicine Center of the Department of Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt.

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Getting Hip to New Techniques
Tennessee-based Wright Medical Group, Inc. is a global orthopaedic medical device company specializing in the design, manufacturing and marketing of reconstructive joint devices and biologics. Among the company's specialty lines, the CONSERVE® family of hip implants is designed to preserve as much bone as possible and lends itself to new minimally invasive approaches to hip resurfacing and total replacement.

Occupational Therapy at Belmont in New Digs
Belmont University's occupational therapy (OT) program celebrates its 10th birthday this fall — and is doing it in style. In June, the university unveiled the Gordon E. Inman Center, a new $22.5 million facility that houses the College of Health Sciences & Nursing, with undergraduate and graduate nursing, social work, physical therapy and occupational therapy under the college umbrella.

IRS Putting Nonprofit Hospitals Under Microscope
The IRS has lately been asking hundreds of nonprofit hospitals some tough questions. Over the summer, more than 500 nonprofit hospitals received questionnaires that delved deep into their operations and executive compensation. The questions included: How many individuals received uncompensated care? How much did the hospital spend on such care?

MS and WBV: A Promising Combination
Lynn Mitchell has a brilliant smile on her face, a shiny engagement ring on her finger, and a new outlook on her future. She also has MS. Since she was diagnosed 10 years ago at the age of 20, she has battled the progressive limitations the disease put on her body and the accompanying depression that has largely confined her to her home.

Shared Health and Capstone Collaborate on Personal Health Records Feasibility Test
Two Tennessee companies, Chattanooga-based Shared Health and Capstone Government Solutions of Nashville, will partner to fulfill a contract awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to test the efficacy of populating personal health records (PHRs) with Medicare beneficiary claims data. The six-month study will examine how easily the transmission of Medicare claims data can be translated and mapped into an electronic PHR system.

Special Kids Offers Therapy to … Special Kids
Step through the front door into the waiting room of Special Kids Inc. in Murfreesboro and the first thing you see is a delightful mural. In the colorful painting, children fish by a pond, stroll along a grass-lined path, soar in a tree swing and gather to be read a story. Yet what makes the mural unique is that the kids are in wheelchairs, use walkers or are strapped into the swing for safety. That's because the mission of Special Kids is outpatient medical and rehabilitative care for children with special needs from birth to 21 years old.

Saint Thomas Adds Workplace Spirituality Director
This past summer, Christopher McCullough started a new job at Nashville's Saint Thomas Hospital. While his boss may be Sister Mary Kay Tyrell, McCullough just might point quite a bit higher to identify the source of his marching orders. That's because he's the director of workplace spirituality, a new position for the flagship medical center of Saint Thomas Health Services, a member of the nation's largest Catholic health system, Ascension Health.

X STOP Gives LSS Patients a New Start
For some patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), standing upright and walking just a few feet can be excruciating. In many of the worst cases, the only way to get any true relief is by sitting or leaning over. Unfortunately, adopting these sedentary poses can often lead to a host of other health problems as the patient's weight balloons.

The Importance of Fee Schedule Analysis
A fee schedule review may be just what the doctor ordered to increase practice revenue. Prior to the advent of managed care, medical practices typically reviewed fee schedules on a routine basis since most commercial payers based reimbursement on the "usual, reasonable, and customary" fees charged by similar specialty physicians in a geographic area.

An Inside Job
What if the broken bones in the foot regenerated and fused themselves back together? What if physicians could inject a compound to augment bone density and help older patients avoid vertebral compression fractures or even a broken hip? What if an athlete looked at a tear to the ACL or rotator cuff as a frustrating few weeks of rehabilitation instead of a potentially career-ending injury?

Nashville Surgeons Use Innovative Treatment for Compression Fractures
Osteoporosis accounts for more than 700,000 spinal fractures in the United States every year, and vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) can result in kyphosis or dowager's hump, a debilitating condition characterized by chronic pain and increased mortality risk. In years past, physicians relied on bracing combined with pain medication.

Menopause Meeting in Nashville Slated for Mid-October
When about 1,500 attendees from as many at 50 countries arrive in Nashville this month for the 17th annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), one of the many hot topics will be bioidentical hormones, a subject that's touched off spirited debates among physicians around the globe. In fact, "Understanding the Controversy: Hormone Testing and Bioidentical Hormones" is the subject of a postgraduate continuing medical education course on the morning before the conference kicks off.

Older Driver Safety
The United States Census Bureau projects that the number of Americans age 65 and older will grow from 35 million today to more than 62 million by 2025, nearly an 80 percent increase. In addition, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) projects the number of people age 85 and older, currently the fastest growing segment of the older population, could exceed 10 million.

Good Financial Health is Rx for Positive Outlook
Money does not buy happiness, but it can sure make your life miserable. According to one survey, 60 percent of people fret about their finances. That is more than double the percentage that worries about self-esteem, jobs, marriage and friendships. Why is that?
Bob Bolen

The Leavitt Agenda - Part II
In the column last month, I highlighted four major objectives for the Bush Administration and HHS Secretary Mark Leavitt for the remainder of their terms. The four objectives discussed last month were emergency preparedness, pandemic planning, New Orleans model health system, and information technology interoperability.

New Interventional Cardiologist Joins Southern Hills Medical Staff
Dr. Sharma Saith, a board-certified cardiologist, has joined the medical staff at Southern Hills Medical Center.

Apollo Medical LLC. Purchases Abel Home Care/The Pediatric Company
Cindy McConnell, President of Apollo Medical LLC. recently purchased Abel Home Care/The Pediatric Company.

Bone & Joint Clinic Adds Sports Medicine Specialist
Orthopaedic surgeon Scott Thomas Arthur, MD, has joined the physicians at The Bone & Joint Clinic as a sports medicine specialist. Arthur relocated from the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham.

Renard François to Serve on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Committee
Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Renard François has been appointed to the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee as a special government employee.

Tristar Health System Appoints Four
TriStar Health System has named Chris Taylor chief financial officer, Zandra Anderson controller, Carrie Nall manager of financial reporting and Mike Cassity human resources director.

Martin Joins Nashville Medical Group And Baptist Hospital Medical Staff
Karen Martin, MD has joined Nashville Medical Group and the medical staff of Baptist hospital.

Summit Medical Center Welcomes New Physicians
Summit Medical Center is proud to announce the newest addition to its medical staff, Katri Palonen, MD. She will be affiliated with Summit Medical Associates.

Centennial Performs Tennessee's First Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery
Innovations available at Centennial Medical CenterSM allow many patients with certain thyroid illnesses to have same-day outpatient surgery, recover faster and achieve better cosmetic results.

Vanderbilt Participating In West Nile Vaccine Trial
Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, in collaboration with investigators at Johns Hopkins University, are beginning a Phase I trial to test a new vaccine against the West Nile virus.

Middle Tennessee Medical Center Announces the Launch of a New Equipment and Patient Activity Tracking System
Middle Tennessee Medical Center recently launched a state-of-the-art information tracking system known as the "WIN" project. The tracking system will offset many of the issues faced by caregivers. The result will be easily accessible real-time data for the location of equipment (e.g. wheelchairs) and patient activity.