Vanderbilt Hospital names Parmley its chief of staff

Friday, March 21, 2014, Vol. 38, No. 12


C. Lee Parmley, M.D., J.D., professor of Anesthesiology and chief of the Critical Care Division of the Department of Anesthesiology, has been named chief of staff of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Parmley, who also directed the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program at Vanderbilt from 2004-2007, will report to David Posch, CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics, and Allen B. Kaiser, M.D., chief of staff for the Vanderbilt Health System.

As chief of staff, Parmley’s responsibilities will include oversight for inpatient discharges and inpatient surgical and intensive care volume goals and collaborating with hospital and VUMC leadership to enhance health system operating performance. He will serve as a physician lead for developing bundled care offerings.

Parmley earned his medical degree in 1976 from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and trained in anesthesiology at USAF Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where he was chief resident.

He came to Vanderbilt in 2004 from the University of Texas Health Science Center, where he was chair of the Department of Critical Care in the Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care.

Also at Vanderbilt:


Julie Ozier, MHL, has been named director of Vanderbilt’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB). Ozier has worked with the HRPP and IRB for 11 years, has been associate director since 2007, and at Vanderbilt since 1996.

She replaces Gene Gallagher, who retired in October.

The HRPP oversees the Institutional Review Board and provides oversight for all University-wide research in humans. Ozier will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program and the board.


Rene Love, DNP, MSN, has been named director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She succeeds Susie Adams, Ph.D., R.N., who was recently named Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at VUSN.

Love has taught VUSN students for 15 years, including courses in the MSN and DNP programs. She has secured grants focused on mental health in public schools, such as developing state guidelines for mental health for the Tennessee State Board of Education. She speaks at national conferences on topics such as how to prepare school systems for post-crisis responses and advocating for change in the psychiatric nursing workforce.


Jenny Slayton, R.N., MSN, has been appointed to the newly created role of executive director of Quality Improvement for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Reporting to Slayton in this new role will be teams focused on quality improvement activities, accreditation and standards, education and dissemination of quality and safety training and infection prevention.

Slayton’s responsibilities are broad in scope and will encompass both adult and pediatric clinical services. She will coordinate her work with Marilyn Dubree, MSN, R.N., Executive Chief Nursing Officer; Luke Gregory, CEO of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt; Gerald Hickson, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs and senior vice president for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention; and David Posch, CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics.

Outstanding Public Official Award goes to Henry


The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth has honored Sen. Douglas Henry with its first-ever Outstanding Public Official Award. The award, which is named for the senator, was presented March 11 during Children’s Advocacy Days at War Memorial Auditorium.

Sen. Henry was commended for his efforts during his 44-year career in the state Senate.

The agency’s media award was renamed the John Seigenthaler Making KIDS COUNT Award for The (Nashville) Tennessean’s former editor and publisher. Seigenthaler, who is also the founder of the First Amendment Center, was the first recipient of the newly renamed award.

Tony Gonzalez, The Tennessean’s family issues beat reporter, also received a John Seigenthaler Making KIDS COUNT Media Award for his coverage of programs serving children.

James Martin, statewide youth engagement specialist with Tennessee Voices for Children, was awarded the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is a small agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families. Information on the agency is available at

Founding dean tapped for Belmont’s new college


Thom Spence has been named as the founding dean of Belmont University’s new College of Sciences and Mathematics. Spence currently serves as the vice-provost for institutional effectiveness, assessment and student success at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he has been a faculty member since 1999. Spence will begin his new position on Belmont’s campus July 1.

Currently, Belmont’s College of Arts & Sciences is the University’s largest college with 130 full-time faculty members and 15 academic departments within four schools. Belmont will create two colleges out of the former CAS, with Spence leading the new College of Sciences and Mathematics, which will include undergraduate majors in the biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and psychological sciences fields.

Bryce Sullivan, who currently services as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, will move to become the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), which will include the Schools of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. The new structure, as well as the new names for the colleges, will take effect on June 1, 2014.

Hare named one nation’s top financial advisors


REP. magazine and have named James Hare one of their Top NextGen IBD Advisors Under 40.


Hare is a senior vice president and financial consultant at Pinnacle Asset Management and a financial advisor for Raymond James. He is affiliated with the Financial Institutions Division of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC.

Advisors on the list are ranked exclusively by assets under management and are nominated by their representative firms. Hare joins 20 other financial advisors affiliated with Raymond James on this prestigious list.

Also, Kelly Morrow has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a human resources advisor.

Morrow, with 13 years of experience, was most recently comes most recently a compensation consultant with Saint Thomas Health. She also has served that same role for Vanderbilt University and Dollar General Corporation.

Hoar Construction hires project engineer


Hoar Construction has hired Austin Webb, LEED AP BD+C, who has joined the firm as a project engineer.

Webb recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in commercial construction management technology. He also holds a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Association of General Contractors (AGC).

Dickinson Wright attorneys honored as Bar fellows

Dickinson Wright PLLC attorneys John E. Anderson, Sr. and Robb Bigelow have been selected as fellows of the Nashville Bar Foundation.


Anderson is a member in Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office, focusing his practice on automotive, commercial & business litigation, real estate and bank litigation, and insurance. He earned his B.S. from the University of Tennessee and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Bigelow also is a member in the firm’s Nashville office, focusing his practice on commercial litigation, labor & employment and class actions. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, cum laude, and Vanderbilt University Law School.

The Nashville Bar Foundation Fellows Program was established in 1991 as a way for the bar to honor its colleagues who have contributed significantly to the community. Fellows are selected by their colleagues, and each class of fellows is limited to approximately 1 percent of the bar in Nashville.

Johnson honored by Tennessee Bar Foundation


Michele Johnson has recently been elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 782 attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 29 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. The introduction of new Fellows took place at the annual Fellows’ Dinner in Nashville.

Johnson is executive director and co-founder of the Tennessee Justice Center and has been practicing law in Nashville for 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and of University of Tennessee College of Law.

Over the years, she has been recognized for her advocacy work, receiving awards such as the Child Advocacy Award by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Tennessee Alliance for Progress Long Haul Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for advocacy by Tennessee Voices for Children. In addition to her work at the Tennessee Justice Center, she also serves on the board of Tennessee Voices for Children.

United Community Bank hires senior vice president



United Community Bank’s Healthcare Banking Group has hired Dwight Seeley as senior vice president/health care relationship manager in Nashville.

Seeley has more than 20 years of finance experience and has held various senior financial roles in the healthcare industry for 19 years.

TriStar Centennial adds Gwyn as associate COO

Andrea Gwyn has been named Associate COO for TriStar Centennial Medical Center.

Gwyn joins the TriStar Centennial team as part of HCA’s COO development program. Previously, She was a performance improvement manager at HCA Corporate.

Gwyn has a degree in business administration from the University of Richmond and a master’s in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.