TriStar names VP of network affiliates
HCA’s TriStar Health has named Charlotte Burns  as vice president of network affiliates, effective Feb. 1, 2013.
The newly created position was established to bring senior executive focus to the affiliate relationships that TriStar hospitals have developed with independent hospitals and health systems.
A veteran health care official with more than 33 years of experience, Burns has served since 1994 as chief executive officer of Hardin Medical Center, from which she announced her retirement earlier this month. Burns currently serves on the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency.
“With TriStar’s growing number of hospital and physician affiliates, it is essential to commit full-time leadership to these alliances to further promote the mission of improving health in the communities served,” Tim Scarvey, senior vice president of strategic planning and business development for TriStar Health, said in a release. “Charlotte brings tremendous experience as a healthcare clinician, executive, community leader and advocate for hospitals across Tennessee.”
Burns obtained her nursing degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health care administration at Kennedy-Western University.
Sullivan Branding names PR director
Nashville-based advertising and marketing agency Sullivan Branding has named Paul Lindsley  its director of public relations
Lindsley, who offers more than 20 years of journalism, public relations and corporate communications experience, was previously communications manager at HealthStream and, prior to that, director of communications at Saint Thomas Hospital.
An accredited business communicator as designated by the International Association of Business Communicators, Lindsley received his Master of Arts degree in corporate communication from Austin Peay State University and his Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Troy University.
Additionally, Lindsley has served as an adjunct professor for Austin Peay State University for the last four years, teaching an Integrated Corporate Communications course.
Sullivan Branding was formerly called White | Thompson.
American Heart Association names VP
The American Heart Association has named Kelley Tune  vice president of its Metro Nashville operations.
Tune, who has worked for the American Heart Association for seven years, succeeds Kristie Woock, who was recently named senior vice president of field operations and development for the association’s Western States Alliance.
Tune most recently served as vice president of the Nashville Heart Walk. The most recent Heart Walk, held in October, netted more than $1.75 million.
She was also a recent winner of the Rao Musunuru Staff Award of Excellence, the Greater Southeast Affiliate’s most prestigious staff award, covering the region including Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.
Belmont welcomes Jaconbson as executive-in-residence
Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business announced today the appointment of Dr. Harry Jacobson  as distinguished healthcare executive-in-residence, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
A former Vanderbilt University Medical Center chief executive officer and vice chancellor for health affairs, Jacobson will focus his efforts on students enrolled in Belmont’s fall-launched Healthcare MBA program for working professionals.
“As we worked closely with Nashville area healthcare leaders in designing our healthcare MBA, the one executive’s name that repeatedly came up in meetings was that of Harry Jacobson,” Dr. Pat Raines, dean of the BU College of Business Administration, said in a release. “We are delighted to have someone of his stature and professional experience available for working with our students and continuing to help us advance this innovative new program for healthcare professionals.”
Jacobson served as VUMC’s chief executive for more than a decade, during which time he was responsible for the addition of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, as well as the development of VU’s 100 Oaks complex.
Following his departure from Vanderbilt in 2009, Jaconbson founded or co-founded a number of early stage health care organizations, including Epiphany Health Ventures, LLC, and TriStar Technology Ventures. He also co-founded Informatics Corporation of America.
BU College of Law adds pair
The Belmont University College of Law has announced the appointment of faculty members Melissa Alexander and Abbie DeBlasis.
Alexander (on the left in photo ) joins BU as an assistant professor of law.
Previously, Alexander was a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, where she focused on commercial litigation including intellectual property, health care, banking, environmental and entertainment law. In addition, she served on the executive counsel of the Litigation Section of the Tennessee Bar Association from 2007 to 2011.
Prior to practicing at Bradley Arant, Alexander clerked for the Honorable John G. Heyburn, II, on the United Stated District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, and from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.
DeBlasis will serve as an assistant professor of legal practice.
DeBlasis was an associate in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant, where she focused her practice on regulatory and operational matters for health care clients. Before that, she served as a senior associate in the Charlotte, N.C., office of Winston & Strawn LLP, working in the areas of syndicated lending and corporate finance, and as an associate at Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman LLP (now K&L Gates LLP), practicing in the areas of capital markets and private equity.
DeBlasis received her Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University where she graduated magna cum laude. She then received her juris doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. She served as editor-in-chief of the Wake Forest Law Review.
Corizon promotes pair
Brentwood-based Corizon announced today the promotions of Jane Lachner to vice president of operations for the Southeast Jail Region and Levin Jones to vice president of operations for the Midwest Jail Region. (See photo of both here .)
Lachner joined Corizon, which provides health care services to corrections facilities, in 1999 as a staff nurse. She was later promoted to health services administrator and then regional vice president for southern Florida. In 2011, her regional vice president responsibilities were expanded to include all Florida jails.
“Jane has achieved several notable accomplishments during her tenure with Corizon, including the proactive establishment of relationships with local physicians and hospitals to improve utilization management, and the institution of a program to recruit and hire Puerto Rican physicians for positions in hard-to-fill locations,” Carla Cesario, Corizon senior vice president of eperations, said in a release.
Jones joined Corizon in 2004, also as a staff nurse. Since that time, he has been promoted to health services administrator and then to regional clinical programs manager where he assumed clinical oversight of 15 contracts. He also served as regional vice president, managing 13 jail facilities and eight contracts, and was awarded the Region of the Year award in 2010.
“Levin’s leadership in achieving excellent clinical results, effectiveness in building long-term relationships and ability to remain calm in challenging situations has earned him the respect and confidence of his clients, team members and colleagues,” said Cesario.