Hutcheson Elects New Board Chairman

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Stan Porter, Chairman of the Board
Stan Porter, Chairman of the Board

Hutcheson Medical Center, Inc. announced the election of Stan Porter as Chairman of the Board for 2007-2008. Lori Emerson, M.D., will serve as the board’s immediate past chair after serving as board chairwoman for the past three years.

“I am pleased Mr. Porter will serve as Hutcheson’s Board Chairman. I think the greatest strengths he will bring to this position are his financial savvy and his ability to work well in complex situations. He is not afraid to ask tough questions,” stated Dr. Emerson. “Hutcheson has overcome great challenges, and Mr. Porter has excellent leadership skills to carry the board’s efforts forward.”

Mr. Porter currently serves as Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for FSG Bank in Chattanooga. Prior to joining FSG Bank in 2005, Mr. Porter served with a southeast regional bank as Senior Vice President and Regional Line of Business Manager from 1993 to 2005.

His civic and professional affiliations include serving as past chairman, Northwest Technical College; past chairman, Walker County Chamber of Commerce; past president, Georgia Technical College Director’s Association; director, Hutcheson Medical Center; past chairman, Chattanooga Goodwill; member, Walker County Planning Commission; and Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Naval Reserves, retired.

Other elected directors of the 2007-2008 Executive Committee for Hutcheson Medical Center, Inc., include Paul Chambers, Vice Chairman; William Craig, Second Vice Chairman; Vincent A. Viscomi, M.D., Secretary; Steven E. Ledbetter, Treasurer; and Mary P. Tanner, Assistant Secretary.

Mr. Porter accepted the gavel on Jan. 22, at a regularly scheduled board meeting.

Serving with Mr. Porter and HMC, Inc. are four newly elected board members: -Martha Hollis Attaway, (Dade County) earned her Masters of Science in Textiles/Clothing from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in Knoxville, Tn., and her Bachelor of Science in Education/Human Ecology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ms. Attaway currently works as Product Director/Sales Associate for Dunlap Industries.

-Charlie Berry, (Catoosa County) earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University and is a co-owner of Huntland Farms. Mr. Berry’s wife, Betts Berry, served as chairwoman for the Hutcheson Health Foundation for many years where she continues to serve as immediate past chair.

-Edward L. Holmes, Jr., (Dade County) earned his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate/Finance at the University of Georgia, where he also received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He is president of Holmes Associates in Wildwood, Ga., and an associate broker with Prudential Realty Center.

-Stephen Roush, SPHR, Ed. D., (Catoosa County) earned his doctorate in adult and continuing education from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.; his Masters of Education at Virginia Tech, and his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman University) in Kirksville, Mo. Dr. Roush currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Roper Corporation in LaFayette, Ga.

On the heels of visionary accomplishments in 2004 and 2005 in the completion of Hutcheson on the Parkway, a $10.5 million dollar project on Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold, Charles L. Stewart, President and CEO of Hutcheson advised he is “pleased with Hutcheson’s most recent accomplishments:
•4.5 million dollar financial improvement from 2005 to 2006
•Opening of Battlefield Auxiliary Breast Center, 2006
•Opening of The Diabetes and Thyroid Treatment Center, 2006
•3% across-the-board employee raises, 2006
•Launch of Hospitalist Program, 2006
•Continued recruitment of new physicians and specialists
•Additional cutting-edge technology"

Mr. Stewart said he continues to look forward to Hutcheson Medical Center’s vision of being the hospital of choice for patients to receive care, physicians to practice and employees to work.

Mr. Porter agreed, “We have made considerable financial accomplishments, remain a leader in technology in the Chattanooga area and have provided more physician choices for our patients. The momentum has been set, and I am very optimistic about Hutcheson’s future, mission and vision.”

Some of the hospital’s top agenda items for 2007 include:
•Implementation of a new 3-year strategic plan
•Continued improvement in financial performance
•Becoming a more employee-driven organization with emphasis on employee health promotion and wellness
•Initiation of a full time hospital intensivist/pulmonologist program
•Continued technological advancements for patient care and customer satisfaction

Officials stated that Hutcheson, well on its way to accomplishing great things in 2007, already has the following achievements in January, 2007:
•Settlement of Prisoner Contract issues, finalized January, 2007
•Addition of two Pulmonologists/Intensivists – allowing Hutcheson the broadest full-time coverage for pulmonology in the Chattanooga area
•Naming of Battlefield Imaging as one of the Top 5 Women’s Centers of Excellence in the nation
•Naming of Hutcheson Home Care among the HomeCare Elite, ranking in the nation’s top twenty-five percent

Lori Emerson, M.D., Immediate Past Chair
Lori Emerson, M.D., Immediate Past Chair

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