The University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Operate West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has been awarded a $3.1 million contract to operate the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center (WTRFC) and the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office. [Read more...]

Professor S. Casey Laizure of UTHSC Receives $150,000 Grant for Caffeine Inhalation Research

Dr. S. Casey Laizure holds an Aeroshot™ 100 mg caffeine administration device, an integral part of his NIH-funded study, sold by Breathable Foods, Inc. The study of this device, which dispenses caffeine upon inspiration, will provide insight into caffeine blood levels achieved after inhalation.

Dr. S. Casey Laizure holds an Aeroshot™ 100 mg caffeine administration device, an integral part of his NIH-funded study, sold by Breathable Foods, Inc. The study of this device, which dispenses caffeine upon inspiration, will provide insight into caffeine blood levels achieved after inhalation.

S. Casey Laizure, PharmD, professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy, has received a grant totaling $150,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. The award will be used to support the study of caffeine disposition in humans after inhalation. [Read more...]

Rizzo’s Diner to Help Memphis Crisis Center Raise Funds

The Memphis Crisis Center and Rizzo’s Diner at 106 G.E. Patterson are partnering for a once-a-month event to raise funds for the 24-hour hotline for people in emotional distress.

“Less to Wine About Wednesdays” will be held on the second Wednesday of every month. The restaurant, which has been featured on Food Network, will give 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Memphis Crisis Center. [Read more...]

UTHSC’s College of Allied Health Sciences Renamed the College of Health Professions

COHP sealOn Tuesday, July 1, the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) officially changes its name to the College of Health Professions. Although the renaming was approved by the UT Board of Trustees during its Feb. 27 winter meeting, the change is timed to coincide with the start of Tennessee’s 2015 fiscal year. Founded in 1972 as the College of Community and Allied Health, the unit’s name was abridged to the College of Allied Health Sciences in 1985. [Read more...]

Joan C. Han, MD, Named Associate Professor in Department of Pediatrics at UTHSC and Founding Director for the UT-Le Bonheur Pediatric Obesity Center

Joan C. Han, MD

Joan C. Han, MD

David M. Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and Meri Armour, CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, have announced the joint appointment of pediatric endocrinologist Joan C. Han, MD. In July, Dr. Han will join UTHSC as associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, and founding director of the new UT-Le Bonheur Pediatric Obesity Center. Dr. Han will also be director of the Pediatric Obesity Program on Le Bonheur’s clinical staff. [Read more...]

Dr. Teresa Waters is Senior Author of Paper Examining the Post-Recession Financial Health of Hospitals

While the recession was a major financial blow for many hospitals, particularly not-for-profit and safety-net hospitals, most emerged without permanent damage. But many still may not be financially strong enough to respond to the pressures of health care reform and industry restructuring.

Dr. Teresa Waters headshot

Dr. Teresa Waters

That’s the conclusion of a paper presented at the National Press Club during a recent briefing to policymakers, congressional staffers and health care industry professionals by Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy thought and research. Teresa Waters, PhD, professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was the senior author of the paper. Gloria Bazzoli, PhD, professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University, was the lead author, and Naleef Fareed, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Pennsylvania State University, was co-author and presenter.

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Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals

U.S. News & World Report has named Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in seven specialties in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Recognized specialties include cardiology/heart surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is proud to be the major academic partner of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and, as such, we are proud to celebrate this continued acknowledgement of Le Bonheur as one of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” said Steve J. Schwab, MD, UTHSC chancellor. “Since the vast majority of the physicians at Le Bonheur are UTHSC faculty members, it is our joint physician-faculty who provide the clinical care for patients and the training for generations of new pediatric care professionals. We applaud the ongoing efforts of our shared providers and their teams who are consistently bringing the best clinical care to Le Bonheur children and their families.” [Read more...]

UTHSC’s Communications and Marketing Department Wins Two Awards at the 2014 PRSA Memphis VOX Awards

The Communications and Marketing Department at UTHSC was the winner of two awards at the 2014 PRSA Memphis VOX Awards. With the VOX for public service are: (from left) Trey Browder, Memphis Crisis Center board member; Tim Bullard, UTHSC editorial and design specialist; Sheila Champlin, assistant vice chancellor for Communications and Marketing at UTHSC; Peggy Reisser Winburne, media relations and communications specialist at UTHSC; and Mike LaBonte, executive director of the Memphis Crisis Center.

The Communications and Marketing Department at UTHSC was the winner of two awards at the 2014 PRSA Memphis VOX Awards. With the VOX for public service are: (from left) Trey Browder, Memphis Crisis Center board member; Tim Bullard, UTHSC editorial and design specialist; Sheila Champlin, assistant vice chancellor for Communications and Marketing at UTHSC; Peggy Reisser Winburne, media relations and communications specialist at UTHSC; and Mike LaBonte, executive director of the Memphis Crisis Center.

 

The Communications and Marketing Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) took home two awards Tuesday night at the 2014 VOX Awards sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The annual awards honor exceptional work by Memphis public relations professionals.

 The UTHSC team won a VOX Award in the public service category for its Memphis Crisis Center Awareness Week campaign. The multimedia campaign last fall was designed to raise awareness of the 24/7 crisis hotline, increase volunteers to answer the center’s phones, and raise money to support its work.

UTHSC also won a Gold Award in the hard/breaking news category for press materials, advertising and media work related to the announcement in January that Robert W. Williams, PhD, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, was selected as one of four scientists in the United States to participate in the Human Brain Project, a multinational collaboration to study the brain.

“UTHSC is proud to be a supporting partner for the Memphis Crisis Center. The work done there is truly lifesaving in so many instances,” said Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at UTHSC. “Certainly we know how gratifying it is for our Communications and Marketing team to be recognized by their peers for this public service campaign, but more importantly, our efforts on behalf of the Crisis Center are a win for the entire Memphis community.”