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Stewart is new weight managment program director
Registered dietitian Angie Stewart has been named director of Blount Memorial Hospital’s comprehensive weight management program. Stewart is a six-year employee of the hospital.

In her new position, Stewart will be responsible for the planning and operation of the hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center. She also will work with the staff at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook to develop and implement a comprehensive, non-surgical weight loss program.

Stewart most recently worked as a registered dietitian at the hospital and the Wellness Center at Springbrook. She developed and implemented an eight-week weight loss program in coordination with Wellness Center at Springbrook fitness coordinator Chad Hodson and she also was instrumental in the development and certification of Blount Memorial’s Diabetes Management Center. Stewart also has served as program coordinator, dietitian and support group leader of the hospital’s bariatric surgery program.

A graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Stewart is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes
educator. She also is a certified group exercise instructor.

Dr. Gaelan Luhn joins BMH active medical staff
Anesthesiologist Dr. Gaelan Luhn has joined Blount Memorial’s active medical staff. He is associated with Maryville Anesthesiology Group.

Luhn received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1995. In 2000, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed an internship in general surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 2001, and in 2004 he completed a residency in anesthesiology, also at the Medical College of Georgia.

Prior to joining Blount Memorial, Luhn worked as an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He also worked as an instructor in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.

Luhn is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Medical Association.

Smith is BMH’s April employee of the month
Debbie Smith is Blount Memorial Hospital’s April employee of the month. She works as a billing specialist in the hospital’s business office.

An eight-year hospital employee, Smith says she is dedicated to doing the best possible job. During a daily work review, she identified a computer system problem and advised her manager, potentially saving the hospital thousands of dollars.

Her supervisor said, "She is one of the most dependable employees I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her job performance is excellent, with a great dedication to making sure her job responsibilities are done well. More than once she has identified system problems that have saved our department, and the hospital, a lot of additional work, and helped with our goal of good customer service."

Smith enjoys seeing the fruits of her labor when accounts are processed quickly and with no problems. Her most-memorable experience on the job was when, "an insurance processor from the Nashville area that I spoke with almost daily made a point to stop by the hospital on his way to Gatlinburg to say ‘hello’ and introduce me to his wife."

Outside the workplace, Smith enjoys needlework, reading, quilting and gardening.

Born at Blount Memorial, Smith is a graduate of Friendsville High School and the Tennessee Technology Center in Morristown. She currently resides in Louisville.

Hollaway named Diabetes Management Center Program Coordinator
Dawn Hollaway has been named program coordinator for the Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center. Hollaway has been employed by the hospital as a registered nurse and diabetes instructor since 2004.

In her new position, she will be responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Diabetes Management Center’s offerings to patients and the community.

She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in public health, with a concentration in administration and planning from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1998 and 2003, respectively.

Hollaway is a 2007 recipient of the Regional Cooperative for Professional Nurses’ Week award for clinical excellence. She is a member of the Tennessee Public Health Association and the Smoky Mountain Association of Diabetes Educators.

Hollaway was previously employed as a registered nurse at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville and Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown.

Diabetes management courses at BMH in May
Blount Memorial Hospital offers day classes in diabetes management in May. Physician referral and an initial evaluation are required prior to attending a class session. The classes are recognized by the American Diabetes Association and covered by most insurance carriers.

A morning class series meets from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday, May 1 and 3 at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook. A second morning class series meets on Tuesday and Thursday, May 15 and 17 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference room 2 on the center’s second floor.

Each participant may bring one guest to any of the classes. For more information, call the hospital’s Diabetes Management Center at 865-977-5767.

Free grief group offered for loss of mothers
Those women who are struggling with the death of their mother are invited to attend a free group that meets from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7.

The group sessions will be held in the Blount Memorial Home Services and Hospice Building located at 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, which is adjacent to the hospital’s campus.

To register, call 865-981-2291.

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