LifePoint names chief medical officer
LifePoint Hospitals has recruited its next chief medical officer from a Maryland Farms neighbor.
The hospital operator said Rusty Holman  will take over from Lanny Copeland on Feb. 11. Holman is arriving from national hospital medicine group Cogent HMG, where he has spent eight years, most recently as chief clinical officer. Cogent’s offices are in the building adjacent to LifePoint’s headquarters on Powell Court.
Copeland announced last summer that he planned to retire after six years on the job. He will stay on at LifePoint through a transition period.
Holman has more than 15 years of health care leadership positions, working in academic center, managed care and various hospital settings.
“Dr. Holman has led hospital quality and safety initiatives on both local and national levels, as well as enterprise-wide initiatives to improve clinical performance,” said LifePoint Chairman and CEO Bill Carpenter. “He has a passion for physician leadership development. He is the ideal person to lead LifePoint’s strategic efforts in these areas at our facilities across the country.”
Holman, who helped launch one of the earliest hospitalist programs in Minnesota in the mid-1990s, is a past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and one of only 10 Masters in Hospital Medicine across the country.
“This is a pivotal time in our industry, and I look forward to the opportunity to help LifePoint’s hospitals navigate change and deliver quality medical services in communities across the country,” he said. “Dr. Copeland is a nationally recognized physician leader, and it is a privilege to build on his legacy of advancing healthcare in non-urban communities.”
Frost Brown Todd adds pair
Regional law firm Frost Brown Todd has named Gray Sasser and Robin Bicket White (see photo here ) members of the firm.
Sasser, a former chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, practices in Frost Brown Todd’s mergers and acquisitions group with a focus on international deals. Before joining the firm last year, he was senior vice president for Congressional affairs at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. A co-chair of Frost Brown Todd’s China desk, he also is an adjunct professor at Belmont University, where he has taught classes on the political economy of China and Asia.
White is a member in Frost Brown Todd’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice group. She joined the firm in the summer of 2010 from MGLAW, which last spring merged fully into Frost Brown Todd. She is a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute.
The local office of Frost Brown Todd, located in The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, is home to two dozen attorneys.
GS&P promotes Reidy
Gresham, Smith and Partners has promoted John Reidy  from project manager to vice president of the firm’s water resources division
As division vice president, he will help grow the division and oversee the execution of water resources projects, financial operations, staff development, and client services and satisfaction.
“John has a tremendous combination of technical abilities and business leadership experience,” Joe Whitson, GS&P executive vice president of water services, said in a release. “He’s managed the design, construction and start-up of numerous multi-million dollar projects throughout his career, and he’s also earned a reputation for his business acumen. John has a knack for building and growing teams, and we … are confident that our clients will greatly benefit from his direction, vision and enthusiasm for successful problem-solving.”
Reidy joined GS&P in September and, as project manager for the firm’s construction management team, has led GS&P’s efforts in the $1.5 billion Clean Water Nashville project.
Previously, Reidy spent 22 years at AECOM in Massachusetts and Georgia, where he served as project manager for the $3.4 million Boston Harbor cleanup project and grew the firm’s Norcross office from 20 to 45 employees.
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia hires Overstreet
Maria Overstreet  has joined the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia as director of center for clinical simulation.
Overstreet, who has more than two decades of nursing and education experience, also is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing and will continue teaching at the school. She also operates her own simulation consulting business.
Overstreet recently served as project director for the Tennessee Simulation Alliance. She also was orientation coordinator and in-house educator at Nashville General Hospital and manager of clinical education at HCA.
Overstreet has a Ph.D. and M.S. in nursing from the University of Tennessee. She also earned a B.S. in nursing from Austin Peay State University.
Tennessee Highway Patrol announces command staff changes
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has promoted Richard “Dean” Hurley from major to lieutenant colonel, supervising the agency’s Field Operations Bureau.
In addition, Cheryl Sanders has been promoted from captain to major, supervising the Field Operations East Bureau.
Hurley has served as major over field operations in East Tennessee since 2010. Prior to that, he served as captain over the 13-county Fall Branch district.
Yates Construction appoints marketing manager
Yates Construction has hired Lynn Yates  as marketing manager.
Yates will supports the health care division based out of the Nashville office.
Yates has experience working with high-profile projects as a corporate communications consultant and professional spokesperson for organizations. Her past positions include senior account executive at Parthenon Publishing, marketing and communications manager at HealthTrust Purchasing Group where she was associate managing editor of The Source magazine; and administrative and education assistant to the HCA government operations support team.
Yates holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and media management from Middle Tennessee State University.