Memorial Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Kevin Lewis
Kevin Lewis

Kevin L. Lewis, M.D. joined Memorial Health Care System as chief medical officer. Previously, Dr. Lewis was chief medical officer and chief quality officer for Hillcrest Healthcare System, Tulsa, Ok., a 691-bed health system with more than 5,000 employees and 180 employed physicians.

“A radically different world of health care inspires us to reconsider how we will go beyond delivering exceptional medicine to creating exceptional health,” said James Hobson, Memorial Health Care System CEO. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Lewis’ leadership as we redesign our approach to care management for the Chattanooga region.”

Dr. Lewis has more than 10 years of experience in private practice pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Lewis earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio; served an internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha; was a resident at the Oklahoma University College of Medicine, Tulsa; and was a fellow in pulmonary, critical care and sleep at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and University of Kentucky, Lexington


Alexander: New FDA Cancer Center Brings “Exactly The Kind Of Coordination Necessary” To Get More Individualized Treatments And Cures To Patients

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander said Wednesday that Vice President Biden’s announcement of a new Oncology Center of Excellence at the Food and Drug Administration brings “exactly the kind of coordination necessary” to get more individualized treatments and cures to patients. “This new center of excellence is exactly the kind of FDA coordination the Senate health ... (click for more)

Alexander: Darin Gordon Helped Transform TennCare Into One Of The Country’s Most Fiscally Responsible Medicaid Programs

Senator Lamar Alexander Wednesday praised the “tireless” service of Darin Gordon, Tennessee’s longest-serving TennCare director, who will be stepping down from the position after more than a decade of service:                                                   ... (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed And Several Others Injured In 2 Wrecks Near Ooltewah Exit Of I-75

One person was killed and several others injured in two wrecks early Wednesday morning on I-75 northbound at exit 11.   Northbound lanes were closed while emergency crews worked both accidents. Traffic was rerouted to Old Lee Highway to avoid the accident scene.   Traffic was backed up for an extended time before it eventually re-opened.   The initial ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What You Leave Behind

Randy Travis, one of the best at singing country songs that has ever been, had a song about three people who got killed when an 18-wheeler missed a stop sign. There was a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher on this bus and Randy tells us: “One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.” In that wonderful song, the ... (click for more)