Gastrointestinal Associates Announces Re-Accreditation of the Endoscopy Centers

The Endoscopy Center, the Endoscopy Center North and the Endoscopy Center West have each achieved re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, according to Gastrointestinal Associates.

The three centers are ambulatory surgical centers conveniently located adjacent to Gastrointestinal Associates clinics. During the accreditation process, the centers earned excellent reviews in every category of AAAHC’s independent, external evaluation of the quality of patient care.

Gastrointestinal Associates, founded in Knoxville in 1971, focuses on quality of care and continued innovation to remain one of the Southeast’s leading GI practices. Gastrointestinal Associates opened the country’s first licensed endoscopic ambulatory surgery center in 1986.

“Our patients deserve the best,” said Jeff Dew, CEO of Gastrointestinal Associates. “When you see the AAAHC certificate, it means the national accrediting organization closely examined our centers and procedures and found them to meet nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care. It also is a renewal of our commitment to continuously deliver excellent care.”

Covenant Health Knoxville Awards $10,000 in Grants

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon presented a total of $10,000 in grants to five local organizations that support healthy living in East Tennessee through its Community Contribution Program. Grant recipients include Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville, Knoxville Sled Bears, Bike Elf, Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge and PJ Parkinson’s.

“These five programs make a difference in the community’s overall health and well-being,” Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Race Director Jason Altman said. “Reinvesting in our community is part of the mission of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, and we applaud these groups for the work they do every day to encourage a better quality of life.”

The Covenant Health Marathon and the Knoxville Track Club have a longstanding history of giving back to the community. From 2005 to 2018, a total of $170,000 has been donated to support projects, including the placement of mile markers along local city and county greenways, the addition of trails in South Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and a golf cart to patrol and clean the greenways.

KCDC Officially Opens New Five Points Affordable Housing

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), along with business and community leaders and members of the Five Points community, officially opened Five Points Phase 2, an affordable housing complex at the east corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and McConnell Street, on Sept. 19.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), elected officials and project partners joined KCDC to celebrate the opening of the 10-building, 84-unit complex.

The Christman Company’s Jeffrey Arlington Joins Knoxville Office

Jeffrey Arlington, vice president of operations for the Christman Company, has joined the company’s Knoxville office.

Arlington has more than 30 years of construction experience, is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional and holds a Health Care Construction Certificate from the American Society for Health Care Engineering. His portfolio includes higher education, government, historic preservation and hospitality. He has been with Christman for 23 years and served as a vice president for 10 years.