Wellmont CEO a â€˜50 most powerful' finalist
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KINGSPORT - Each year, Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare magazines compile a ranking of the nation's 50 most powerful physician executives. Dr. Richard Salluzzo, Wellmont Health System's president and chief executive officer and a double-board-certified physician, has been named one of 100 finalists for the honor. Since taking the helm of the Wellmont system in 2004, Salluzzo has overseen a $25 million financial turnaround and directed operational improvements that have resulted in improved performance throughout Wellmont's member hospitals. Salluzzo also is leading Wellmont's initiative to become the safest health system in America. The 50 physician executives who will be honored by Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare magazines are selected by a public voting process available at www.modernphysician.com. Voting will continue through March 2.
Christian new director of The Fire Escape
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KINGSPORT - The Fire Escape, 1433 E. Center St., has named Katherine Christian as its new executive director. Christian, who lives in Church Hill, said she is exited about being chosen to revamp the 10-year-old organization and oversee a much-needed facelift. The Fire Escape was established in 1996 as a place for young people to experience live music, drama and other forms of entertainment in a safe, alcohol-free and drug-free environment. Those interested in performing at The Fire Escape or helping with renovations should contact Christian at 723-7283.