Executive Appointments

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 1:00am

Goldberg Named chief executive of VUH

Larry M. Goldberg, vice president for hospital operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, has been named executive director and CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital. The appointment confers leadership responsibility for both the adult hospital and the Psychiatric Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Before joining Northwestern in 1998, Goldberg spent several years in New York in the health care consulting practices of Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young.

Goldberg was born and raised near Philadelphia, has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and a master's in health administration from Duke University.

Symphony announces Crytzer as director of media relations

Nashville Symphony has recently announced the appointment of Christy Crytzer as director of media relations.

In this position, Crytzer will serve as principal media liaison for all departments of the Symphony, for guest artists and presenters, and for media events leading up to and including the launch of Schermerhorn Symphony Center in September 2006.

Crytzer comes to the Nashville Symphony from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where as public relations manager she helped execute the opening of the Music Center at Strathmore, the orchestra's second home, in greater-Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she worked for two years as administrative specialist in communications at the National Endowment for the Arts.

A trained violinist, Crytzer holds a B.F.A. in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is certified in music and German from the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg, Germany. In addition, Crytzer has recently completed an M.A. in arts management from American University in Washington, D.C.

VUMC's Sanders-Bush Honored

Elaine Sanders-Bush, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, psychiatry, and director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, was named president-elect of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the association's recent annual meeting in San Diego.

Sanders-Bush, an active member since 1971, will serve a one-year term as president-elect, followed by one year as president. She will be the fourth Vanderbilt faculty member to lead the organization, one of the world's oldest and largest pharmacology professional societies.

Sanders-Bush, a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator, earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt in 1967 and completed her postdoctoral research with Fridolin Sulser, M.D., professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, emeritus, in 1969. Sanders-Bush joined the Vanderbilt faculty as an instructor in pharmacology and rose through the ranks to professor in 1980. She served as interim chair of the department from 1999-2000.

Pinnacle Financial Partners names McNeilly director emeritus

Long-time Nashville business and civic leader Robert E. McNeilly Jr. has been named director emeritus for Pinnacle Financial Partners.

A founder and board member for Pinnacle since the firm's inception in 2000, McNeilly retired from the board this year in keeping with the firm's corporate governance guidelines. In his new role, he will serve as an advisor to Pinnacle's leadership team and Community Affairs Committee, in addition to participating in Pinnacle's strategic planning process.

McNeilly previously served as chairman of First American's Nashville Bank and the president of First American Trust Company.

Rebrovick joins Dell as health care VP

Linda Rebrovick has been named sales vice president for Dell Healthcare. Rebrovick will be responsible for leading Dell's health care division in the United States, including sales, customer service, support and marketing.

Prior to Dell, Rebrovick held a number of positions at BearingPoint Inc, including executive vice president, health care consulting. She established a national health care consulting practice focused on the provider, payer and life sciences industries, developing customer management, supply chain, care delivery and finance solutions. Most recently, Rebrovick served the company as executive vice president and chief marketing officer where she drove the launch of the BearingPoint brand in 2001 when the company was created from a spin-off from KPMG Consulting. Prior to KPMG, she spent 15 years at IBM in a variety of sales, marketing, consulting and management positions, ultimately becoming a business unit executive with the Tennessee consulting practice.

Rebrovick holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Auburn University, where she has been named in the top 400 all-time women graduates.

Coopwood named new CEO of Metro Hospital

Reginald W. Coopwood, M.D., has been named the next CEO of the Metro Hospital Authority which includes Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, Bordeaux Long Term Care and Knowles Assisted Living Facility and Adult Day Care.

Since 2000, Coopwood served as the hospital's chief medical officer. He replaces Roxane Spitzer, Ph.D., who is retiring as chief executive officer of the Hospital Authority.

Coopwood received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1985, followed by his general surgical residency in 1990. In 1994, he was appointed chief of surgery. He is an assistant professor of surgery at Meharry and an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Webster joins Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence

Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence announced recently that Web Webster has joined the agency as an account supervisor.

Webster has 15 years of communications experience, including public relations, marketing and advertising. He joins DVL from MERCATUS Communications, a Nashville communications firm, where he guided nonprofit, government and health care clients through communications and visibility issues.

Prior to MERCATUS, Webster was with The Buntin Group where he developed marketing initiatives for financial, apparel and tourism clients.

At DVL, Webster will continue to use his communications skills and experience to assist a variety of the agency's national and regional accounts.

Webster graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis in 1990.

VUMC's Hamm named president-elect

Heidi Hamm, Ph.D., Earl W. Sutherland Jr. Professor of pharmacology and chair of the department, was named president-elect of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the society's recent annual meeting in San Diego.

Hamm, who previously served as the organization's secretary (1995-1998), will serve as president-elect for one year, followed by a two-year term as president.

Hamm earned her doctoral degree in zoology at the University of Texas-Austin in 1980. Following her postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she held faculty appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine and Northwestern University before coming to Vanderbilt in 2000 to serve as chair of pharmacology.

ASBMB is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology.

D.F. Chase Inc. Construction welcomes new employees

Chris Gregory, previously a project engineer with D.F. Chase Inc. Construction, returns as a project manager. A graduate of Auburn University, Gregory served as the project engineer on the $20 million Teksid Aluminum Foundry in Sylacauga, Ala., and on the $10 million Penske Logistics project in Spring Hill, Tenn. Currently he is working on the national headquarters of the Fraternal Order of Police.

David Frazier joins D.F. Chase Inc. as a project engineer. Frazier is a graduate of both the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Aviation Flight School. He earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering. His current projects include the $9.5 million Embraer Maintenance Hangar in Nashville.

Starmer joins VUMC biomedical informatics

Jack Starmer, M.D., has joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an assistant professor of biomedical informatics. Previously, Starmer was senior application designer for ProVation Medical Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn.

Starmer received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. He trained in internal medicine and was a clinical fellow in biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt.

Starmer's research focus is on evidence-based medicine at the point of care and human-computer interaction.

Chase Design-Build LLC announces promotions

Chase Design-Build LLC, recently named one of the top 200 design-build firms in the country, has promoted Darrell Elrod to executive vice president. Elrod has been with Chase since 1986, and has worked on such projects as General Motors, Second Harvest Food Bank, Hancock Fabrics and Monroe County Hospital. He moved from D.F. Chase to Chase Design-Build in 1997.

Greg Estes has been promoted to vice president of Chase Design-Build LLC. Estes, who studied building construction at Auburn University, is currently involved in Central Transport, Estes Express and Outpatient Imaging Associates projects.

First Tennessee Brokerage Division adds Brooks to staff

Phillip Brooks has joined First Tennessee as a vice president and investment officer. Formerly an investment consultant with NBC/SunTrust Securities, Brooks has joined First Tennessee to assist clients with their individual investment planning needs.

Focusing on the Williamson County and South Nashville markets, Brooks' office is located in the Watson Glenn Financial Center in Franklin. Brooks holds a masters degree from Lipscomb University.

Smith named director at VUMC

Terrell Smith has been named to the new position of director of Patient/Family Centered Care for Vanderbilt University Hospital. Smith was formerly administrative director for Family Centered Care and Liaison Services with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Patient/Family Centered Care includes patient and family collaboration at all levels of health care, making the clinical environment flexible and responsive to patient and family needs, preferences and priorities, and providing emotional support to meet the needs of patients and families.

The new program will link with "elevate," VUMC's broad effort to improve service and operational performance. The new program may be patterned in part after the Children's Hospital program, and will also be shaped by findings from upcoming focus groups involving patients, families, staff and faculty.

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