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Sandra Sweger joins Blount Memorial
Sandra Sweger has joined the Blount Memorial Emotional Health and Recovery Center as assistant director. Sweger will serve as manager for the center’s inpatient unit. She will provide leadership and supervision for all inpatient staff, and will work with the medical director and director to direct patient care activities.

Sweger received her associate degree in nursing from Southeast Community College in Cumberland, Ky. in 1992. In 2002, she received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

A board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse, Sweger was previously employed as a unit manager for Ridge Psychiatric Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

Sweger is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the local Tennessee chapter of the Psychiatric Association. She also is a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Dr. Kevin Sentell joins BMH active medical staff
Radiologist Dr. Kevin Sentell has joined Blount Memorial’s active medical staff. He is associated with LeConte Radiology.

Sentell received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson in 1984. In 1988, he earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1992. Sentell also completed a fellowship in cross-sectional body imaging at Wake Forest in 1993.

He was previously employed by Jackson Radiology Associates.

Sentell is board-certified and a member of the American College of Radiology.

Hafley named director of nursing compliance
Registered nurse Linda Hafley has been named Blount Memorial Hospital’s director of nursing compliance. Hafley is a 31-year employee of the hospital.

In her new position, Hafley will work to ensure the hospital is in compliance with several nursing issues including the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the State Nursing Practice Act, federal regulations, nursing division policies and quality improvement. Additionally, she will be responsible for program development in the nursing division, and she will serve as a liaison to the Tennessee Hospital Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Hafley most recently worked as a clinical director, with responsibilities focused on the hospital’s Five-North and Five-South floors. She also has worked as a staff nurse.

Hafley is a graduate of Blount Memorial’s licensed practical nurse program. She received a diploma in nursing from East Tennessee Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Knoxville, a bachelor of science in nursing from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate and a master of science degree in nursing administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Hafley chairs the hospital’s council on nursing standards of practice, the orthopedic clinical path team and the surgical clinical path team. She is co-chair of the medication process improvement team.

Additionally, she is a member of numerous hospital committees and the nursing education board of the Tennessee Valley Oncology Nursing Society.

"Blount Memorial has been very good to me throughout the years through the support for both my education and as an employee," Hafley said. "There is a team effort and a strong sense of family within the hospital system, and I am proud, and feel privileged, to be a part of the hospital team."

Class in session for joint replacement patients
Blount Memorial Hospital’s "Joint School," an educational program for people scheduled to undergo total joint replacement surgery, is being offered at the hospital during April. Classes meet from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Sessions let participants know what to expect during their total joint replacement experience, and information covers all phases from pre-op to full recovery.

Reservations are required and must be made by calling Maryville Orthopedic Clinic at 865-984-0900.

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