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‘Focus on kids’

FWKCC Breakfast Series spotlights ET Children’s Hospital

The unique qualities of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital were shared with Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce members, government officials and other Knox County business representatives.

The occassion was a FWKCC Breakfast Speaker Series event in Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Tuesday, Aug. 2.

“We’re the only hospital that focuses on kids,” said featured speaker Matt C. Schaefer, ETCH president/CEO.

“As of 2021, the United States was home to over 6,000 hospitals,” said Julie Blaylock, FWKCC CEO/president, while introducing Schaefer.

However, ETCH was among “only 2 percent of those facilities operating as larger acute-care children’s hospitals that were providing specialized programs,” she added.

“That obligates that very small number of hospitals to provide targeted care for nearly 80 million of the country’s children, which is over 20 percent of our entire population.”

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Linda’s Hallmark 38th proceeds to benefit Alzheimer’s TN

Linda Underwood of Linda’s Hallmark has been a business owner for almost four decades.

But some of her most important work has been accomplished during the last several years with an organization that impacted her personally.

Now an active board member with Alzheimer’s Tennessee, she became affiliated with the organization after the diagnosis of her late husband, Al.

“We had suspected Alzheimer’s, but the day they confirmed it in 2015, our first stop was at the Alzheimer’s Tennessee office,” Underwood recalled. “They were helpful to both of us, from the very beginning, and that began my volunteering with the organization.”

Although Al passed away four-and-a-half years ago, she remains devoted to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, not only as a board member but also as a sponsor and team captain for the annual Knoxville Walk to Make Alzheimer’s a Memory.

“As much as they’ve helped us, I can say they are even more helpful now, and are a very helpful resource for families and their caregivers,” she added.

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• Knoxville resident Natalie Eilerman is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s global evacuation in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The Peace Corps suspended global operations and evacuated nearly 7,000 volunteers from more than 60 countries. Eilerman is a graduate of University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minors in social work and Spanish. She will serve as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic in the youth in development sector.

• PYA, a national accounting and management consulting firm, recently was ranked a 2022 Top 100 Firm by Inside Public Accounting. This is the seventh year in a row PYA earned the recognition, which showcases the firm’s continued dedication to clients and staff. It is one of two accounting firms headquartered in East Tennessee to make the list and the only ranked firm headquartered in the Knoxville metro area.

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