Health Briefs:

Hitch is BMH’s February employee of the month
Mike Hitch is Blount Memorial Hospital’s February employee of the month. Working in the hospital’s information systems department, he is a senior programmer and analyst.

A 14-year hospital employee, Hitch always makes himself available if a problem arises with the hospital computer system and has worked to make things better in almost every hospital department.

Hitch enjoys being able to help so many people in other areas of the hospital and his supervisor says, "When hospital users call Mike, they know that he will do everything he can to assist them in correcting their problem, or making a modification in the program to make their processes and procedures better."

One of his most-memorable experiences on the job was rescuing a caged raccoon from the back of a truck and finding a co-worker to take it home and release it.

Outside of the workplace, Hitch enjoys architecture and automobiles. He is an avid Lady Vols fan and an animal lover.

Born at Blount Memorial and a member of the first graduating class at Heritage High School, Hitch currently resides in Alcoa.

Dr. Kevin Campbell joins BMH active medical staff
Family practitioner Dr. Kevin Campbell has joined Blount Memorial’s active medical staff. He will see patients at the East Tennessee Medical Group office located 266 Joule St. in Alcoa.

Campbell received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1995. In 1999, he earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Memphis. He completed an internship and residency with the Tallahassee Memorial Family Practice Residency Program in 2000 and 2002, respectively.

Campbell is a board-certified family medicine physician and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Newman named associate nurse executive/director of nursing resources
Registered nurse Sonya Newman has been named Blount Memorial Hospital’s associate nurse executive/director of nursing resources. Newman is a 24-year employee of the hospital.

In her new position, Newman will work with others to manage clinical nursing and patient care delivery, and will be responsible for the management of human, fiscal and other resources for the nursing area. She will lead personnel development and compliance with regulatory and professional standards. She also will direct project management and participate in research opportunities.

Newman most recently worked as the director of nursing resources. Prior to that, she worked as the patient care coordinator for the hospital’s Two-north patient care unit, where she was responsible for day-to-day operations of the nursing unit, supervising nursing staff, completing evaluations and productivity reports, and she also worked as an administrative supervisor. In that position, she was responsible for staffing nursing units and assisting clinical staff as needed.

Also, Newman previously has worked as a staff nurse on the medical/surgical unit, in the intensive care and coronary care units, and in the emergency department. She’s also worked as the nurse coordinator and assistant director of Blount Memorial Occupational Health.

Newman was class valedictorian when she graduated in 1983 from Fort Sanders School of Nursing where she received a diploma in nursing. In May 2004, Newman received a bachelor of science degree in health arts from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

Newman has completed the Nursing Leadership Academy sponsored by the hospital, and is the nurse manager for a hospital-wide medication administration system, designed to improve medication safety.

The Maryville resident chairs many hospital-wide teams, including the nursing quality improvement team. She also is a member of the emergency preparedness team and the nursing standards team.

Physical therapist Drew Kimsey joins BMH
Drew Kimsey has joined the Blount Memorial Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Springbrook as a physical therapist. Kimsey will see patients at the clinic for a wide variety of conditions including orthopedic injuries and neurological rehabilitation.

He received his bachelor’s degree and a doctor of physical therapy from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. His doctoral program consisted of coursework, as well as internships at seven separate clinics, including the Blount Memorial Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Tellico West and Vanderbilt Sports Medicine.

A native of Blount County, Kimsey is a graduate of William Blount High School. He currently resides in Vonore.

Caldwell is BMH’s March employee of the month
Pat Caldwell is Blount Memorial Hospital’s March employee of the month. Working in the hospital’s Occupational Health department, she is a registered nurse and nurse supervisor at DENSO Maryville.

A five-year hospital employee, Caldwell graduated cum laude as a member of the first Blount Memorial Hospital/Lincoln Memorial University registered nursing class. Co-workers say she has a positive, can-do attitude that is noticed by everyone around her.

A client contact said, "Pat is truly an addition to staff that has raised the bar of excellence. Her ‘can-do, will-do’ attitude is greatly appreciated." Her supervisor said, "She has done a great job at DENSO Maryville, and we are very proud to have her as employee of the month."

One of her most-memorable experiences on the job was taking care of an elderly lady with 12 children. One of the sons said, "You couldn’t have taken any better care of her if she had been your own mother."

Outside of the workplace, Caldwell enjoys quilting and NASCAR racing.

Caldwell says one accomplishment that makes her proud is fulfilling her lifelong desire to become a nurse after a successful
25-year career in the real estate and mortgage banking industry.

Group offered for people with breathing disorders
Better Breathers will meet this month on Thursday, March 22 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Medical Fitness classroom on the Two-east floor. The program will look at chronic obstructive pulmonary disease medications.

The program is presented by Blount Memorial pharmacist Crystal Laudermilk, and it is open to anyone with a breathing disorder.

Kids gymnastics classes offered
A beginner six-week gymnastic class that teaches basic fundamentals will be offered on Thursdays, March 22 – April 26.

A "Mommy and Me" class for children 18 months – 2 years old will meet from 6:45-7:30 p.m.; "Totnastics" for 3-4 year olds
meets from 4:30-5:15 p.m.; and "Kidnastics" for children 5-7 years old meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for members’ children and $60 for non-members’ children.

For more information or to register your child for the program, call 865-980-7100.

Cancer groups meet at Blount Memorial
The Blount Memorial Cancer Center offers free weekly education and support groups for cancer patients and survivors, family members, caregivers and friends of cancer patients and survivors on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Groups are led by licensed staff members and are held in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference rooms One and Two on the second floor.

The Center also offers free groups for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and family members and friends of cancer patients and survivors.

On Tuesdays at 10 a.m., a group for cancer patients and survivors meets in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center Conference Room One on the second floor.

Before attending, cancer patients and survivors are encouraged call 865-980-5025 to schedule an orientation appointment.

Meeting simultaneously in an adjacent room, also at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, the family members and friends of cancer patients and survivors meet in the center’s Conference Room Two.

For more information call Debbie Roberts at 865-980-5025.

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