Dr. Christine Benz Smith Selected As Director Of UTC School Of Nursing

Friday, January 31, 2014
Dr. Christine Benz Smith, UTC's new Director of School of Nursing
Dr. Christine Benz Smith, UTC's new Director of School of Nursing

Following a nationwide search, UTC alumna Dr. Christine Benz Smith has been selected as the Director of the UTC School of Nursing.  She has served in several capacities at UTC since she joined the UTC School of Nursing (SON) faculty in 1997.

Dr. Smith was appointed Interim Director of UTC SON in January 2013 after serving as Associate Director of the school and Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration.

  She holds the rank of UC Foundation Associate Professor.  She serves as Family Nurse Practitioner at the Student Health Services on campus.

“Dr. Smith has been an integral part of the expansion and success of the School of Nursing at UTC for the past 12 years.  Her understanding of the needs of the programs and the community they serve were a key factor in her selection and have helped poise the School of Nursing for ever greater accomplishments for the future,” said Dr. Valerie C. Rutledge, Dean of the UTC College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.

Dr. Smith will be honored by Girls Inc. on April 2, as a female role model during the tenth anniversary of the UnBought and UnBossed Awards. In 2012, Smith received the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Chattanooga Keystone Award.

Dr. Smith offers her expertise in education and health care by serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Girls’ Preparatory School, as a member of the Board of Directors for Hospice of Chattanooga, and as a trustee for the Weldon F. Osborn Foundation.  She works with many local health care facilities and providers, strengthening valuable partnerships for the UTC School of Nursing in the community.

She earned the Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.  She received the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration from UTC and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing was awarded by East Tennessee State University.


Lookout Valley Class Of 75 Celebrates 40th Reunion Sept. 12

The class of '75 Lookout Valley High will gather to celebrate 40 years post graduation on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Jasper Western Sizzlin at noon Eastern Time.  Please spread the word and respond to the face book event at Lookout Valley High School Class of 1975.  (A head count is needed soon.) Keep your evening free, as many will continue the celebration ... (click for more)

GPS Hosts College Night

With almost 60 colleges and university admission representatives in the GPS gym and Athletic Commons, the season of college searching began Monday. The 57 U.S. schools came from 23 states, and two, American University of Rome (Italy) and Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland, provided international options.   Several hundred juniors and seniors from GPS and McCallie ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center May Get Bankruptcy Trustee Who Would Focus On Sale Of Fort Oglethorpe Hospital

Hutcheson Medical Center may be headed for appointment of a bankruptcy trustee, who would focus on the sale of the financially-strapped Fort Oglethorpe hospital. An attorney told a bankruptcy court judge in Rome, Ga., on Wednesday afternoon that a buyer is discussing paying over $20 million for all the assets of the community hospital. Attorney Rob Williamson ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Unsecured Creditors Committee Asks Trustee Be Appointed For Fort Oglethorpe Hospital; Asks Bankruptcy Not Be Dismissed

The Unsecured Creditors Committee of Hutcheson Medical Center is opposing a motion by U.S. Trustee Guy Gebhardt for a bankruptcy judge to dismiss the bankruptcy for the financially-ailing Fort Oglethorpe hospital.   Instead, the group is asking Judge Paul Bonapfel to appoint a trustee to oversee the Hutcheson finances. In a 16-page motion, the committee said if the bankruptcy ... (click for more)

Who's Responsible For East Ridge's Stadium? - And Response

There just can be no excuse for East Ridge High School's stadium being in such dangerous condition that it has been condemned.   Where is responsible for this? I know there are a few other stadiums like this as well. And there is no excuse for this.  Building new and beautiful schools, state of the art technology. Top athletic facilities as well. Yet, East Ridge ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Barners Trounce Who?

There is a website known as Grammarly that just completed a profound study. An automated proof-reading company (who I hope never finds out about me) collected 100 comments that each included over 50 words from the comment blogs of the nation’s preseason Top 25 college football teams. Then they fed them into the company’s huge algorithm computer and checked each fan base for punctuation, ... (click for more)