Chattanooga Physician, Community Organization Earn Honors From The Tennessee Medical Association

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Pictured:  Dr. Lorenzo-Rivero
Pictured: Dr. Lorenzo-Rivero

Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, MD, a Chattanooga physician, and Tobacco Free Chattanooga were among the recipients of the Tennessee Medical Association’s annual awards for 2014, presented last weekend in Franklin during the TMA’s 179th Annual Meeting.

Dr. Lorenzo-Rivero was honored with a 2014 Distinguished Service Award, presented annually since 1963 by the TMA Board of Trustees to exemplary members of the association for their notable achievements during the past year. Dr. Lorenzo-Rivero was nominated by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society for her role in forming The Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation, and for her related advocacy work to reduce colorectal cancer deaths through greater colon cancer awareness and access to regular screenings.

Dr. Lorenzo-Rivero is a colorectal surgeon and assistant professor at University Surgical Associates & University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Chattanooga. In addition to her work with the Foundation, Dr. Lorezno-Rivero is a volunteer physician with the Hamilton County Project Access. She has served on the Cancer Committee at Parkridge Medical Center, established the Pelvic Floor Center at Parkridge Hospital, co-founded the Continence Clinic at Memorial Hospital, established the UTC Lady Surgeon’s Club and makes regular public appearances to raise colon cancer awareness. She is an active member of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, the American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, the Chattanooga Ostomy Association, the Chattanooga Regional Oncology Association, and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society.

Tobacco Free Chattanooga was honored with a TMA 2014 Community Service Award, given annually to persons or organizations outside the medical profession who contribute significantly to the advancement of public health in their respective communities. Tobacco Free Chattanooga offers cessation resources for smokers and advocacy through education, media and legislative resources, provides a public forum for concerns and leads action to change local and state tobacco policies. Last year, Tobacco Free Chattanooga convinced Friends of the Festival, a nonprofit organization that manages and produces the Riverbend Festival and other premier events in the Chattanooga area, to create designated smoking areas for attendees. This prevented more than 100,000 festival goers from having to inhale secondhand smoke on festival grounds.







Free Valet Parking Now Available For Erlanger Emergency Room Patients

Starting today complimentary valet parking is available, from noon to midnight, for those arriving by private vehicle and needing medical services at Erlanger’s adult ER.   “We wanted to make it free, and as easy and stress-free as possible, for those needing medical care at our downtown emergency room,” said Mickey Milita, director of Guest Services and Parking at Erlanger.  ... (click for more)

Enroll The Region Helps Public Obtain Health Insurance

Enroll The Region is a grass roots organization of trained volunteers dedicated to helping people enroll and obtain health insurance through the Federal Marketplace.  People obtaining health insurance through the Federal Marketplace may receive help to pay for this insurance based on income, household size, and other factors.  Many qualify for the Silver plan with no monthly ... (click for more)

Overflow Crowd Attends Latest Signal Mountain Meeting On Leaving County Schools

The December meeting of the Signal Mountain Town Council was for the most part devoted to giving citizens another chance to voice their opinions and ask questions about forming a new school district separate from Hamilton County. More people interested in the subject came than could be admitted to the council room because of fire capacity and the crowd overflowed into the lobby. ... (click for more)

Haslam Appoints Kyle Hedrick Circuit Court Judge

Governor Bill Haslam on Monday appointed Kyle E. Hedrick of Chattanooga as Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Judicial District.  He replaces Judge W. Neil Thomas III, who has retired. The 11th Judicial District serves Hamilton County.   Mr. Hedrick and attorney Glenna Ramer have practiced together since 1994 and formed the law firm Ramer & Hedrick in Chattanooga ... (click for more)

All I Want For Christmas Are Digitized Newspapers For 2018 - And Response

With recent news of the Public Library investing in their own StoryCorps-ish effort with the Chattanooga Memory Project, it got me thinking about digitizing local newspapers again.   It's been two and a half years since the Chattanooga Public Library committed to sending out a request for proposals to digitize the local newspapers they have on microfilm. Back in ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Top Of My Desk

I am always pleasantly amused when people ask me how I can come up with something different to write about each day. The truth is that it is a rare day indeed when there isn’t something I want to share. As I sat down at my desk yesterday and looked about, I laughed at myself because there were several stacks each worthy of a story so please allow me to present “the best of” the ... (click for more)