Former CFO Speaks At Sewanee On HealthSouth Financial Fraud

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Nov. 28 lecture and panel discussion at Sewanee: The University of the South will present "The HealthSouth Debacle: Four Different Perspectives." Aaron Beam, founder and former chief financial officer of HealthSouth, will give an insider’s perspective at 4:30 p.m. CST in Gailor Auditorium on the Sewanee campus. Following his presentation, he will participate in a panel discussion with a theologian, a philosopher, and the attorney who won a $2.

9 billion civil judgment against HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.

            

The participating panelists are the Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta, professor of pastoral theology at Sewanee’s School of Theology, on “Forgiveness and Redemption;” Andrew Moser, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, on “Business Ethics;” and John Q. Somerville, attorney at law in Birmingham, Ala., on “Legal Damages and Collections.”

            

The lecture, panel discussion and following reception are free and open to the public. Preceding the lecture (4 p.m.) the Sewanee Fiddlers will play bluegrass music and Aaron Beam will sell and sign copies of his book on the scandal,HealthSouth: The Wagon to Disaster.

            

HealthSouth was one of the nation's three largest healthcare companies until a 2003 accounting scandal nearly drove the company into bankruptcy and sent several HealthSouth executives to prison. Aaron Beam, one of the Birmingham-based firm's founders and its first CFO, pleaded guilty to his part in the fraud and served three months in a minimum security prison. Mr. Beam will take the audience from HealthSouth’s humble beginnings through its meteoric rise to its disastrous revelation, subsequent trial and his incarceration.

            

The event is sponsored by the Babson Center for Global Commerce, The School of Theology, the Department of Philosophy and the Pre-Law Program at Sewanee.



Free Bariatric Seminars Hosted By CHI Memorial Metabolic And Bariatric Care

Jaime Ponce, M.D. and CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care will host free seminars in May on surgical weight loss options. The seminars will be held at CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care, 7405 Shallowford Road, Suite 160. "Obesity can be devastating to a person’s health and self-esteem. These educational seminars are designed to help you better understand bariatric ... (click for more)

Dr. Charles Woods Named Chair Of Pediatrics, Chief Medical Officer At Children’s Hospital Of Erlanger

Dr. Charles Woods, former chairman of the Department of Pediatrics with the University of Louisville College of Medicine, has been named chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and chief medical officer of the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. The announcement was made jointly by Dr. Bruce Shack, dean of the University ... (click for more)

McCallie Coach From 90s Who Is Now Deceased Is Accused Of Abusing Students

A McCallie School coach from the 1990s who is now deceased is being accused of abusing students at the private prep school. Two former students said Steven Lee "Steve" Carpenter sexually abused them. Carpenter was the basketball coach at McCallie for 11 seasons - through 1999. He was boys basketball coach at Ridgeland High School beginning in 2000. Carpenter was ... (click for more)

Famed Radio Broadcaster Tommy Jett Dies At 77 At His Flintstone Home

Legendary radio broadcaster Tommy Jett (Thomas Wayne Reynolds) died Wednesday in his sleep at his residence in Flintstone, Ga.   He was 77. The native of Smithville, Tn., first was heard on Chattanooga radio in 1961 when he joined WFLI. He was known for his gaudy rings and his "Hey Now" greeting. He switched to country on WDOD in the 1980s and later was on "The Legend" ... (click for more)

Pluses And Minuses Of Tennessee's New Opioid Law

It was clear when Governor Haslam announced his TN Together plan in January that lawmakers were going to do something to try to address the state’s opioid abuse epidemic. With the passage of SB 2257/HB 1831, Tennessee now has one of the most comprehensive and restrictive laws of any state.   The Tennessee Medical Association was actively engaged in the process and appreciates ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A True Tennessean

“Last week I told some Republican friends who have held high office, traditional and true Republicans, who like you are both conservative and compassionate, Christians in their personal faith and public service,” the email began. “These are Tennessee Republicans that I have known for decades, and whom I'd trust with my life and my wife … I told them that my views and values make ... (click for more)