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By Published: February 28, 2019 1:04 PM CT
  • Chris Jenkins named Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett COO
  • Airport board OKs surveillance, parking system contracts
  • Amazon to fund computer science courses in seven Memphis-area high schools

Chris Jenkins named Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett COO

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett announced Friday the appointment of Chris Jenkins as the hospital’s new chief operating officer.

Jenkins is joining the Saint-Francis Healthcare System from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, where he most recently served as executive director and vice president of UT Methodist Physicians, according to a release.

“Chris’ accomplishments in the healthcare profession are commendable, and I am excited to bring his leadership to Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett where he will be an immediate contributor,” Chris Locke, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett CEO, said in a release. “He will be an asset in this new role, and we welcome him with open arms to the Saint Francis Healthcare family.”

Jenkins has past roles at Methodist, including manager of operations for Northwest Hospital and Methodist’s corporate office, director of the Cancer Center, Brain and Spine institute and Ortho Center and administrator of Clinical Operations at University Hospital.

In addition to his work experience, Jenkins also has community affiliations, including Chairman of the Board emeritus of The First Tee of Memphis, American Heart Association Executive Leadership Team, Charter Member of the Robotic Surgery Society and Board of Directors of Livitup, Inc. He was also named 2010 Memphis Top 40 Under 40 and 2014 Tennessee ACHE Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.

His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Memphis.

-Natalie Martin

Airport board OKs surveillance, parking system contracts

Memphis International Airport will spend $1.1 million to replace and expand capacity of storage equipment that saves video surveillance footage of the airport.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board voted Thursday to approve a $1,149,500 contract with Schneider Electric Buildings America Inc. to replace the 8-year-old CCTV system storage unit.

The board also approved a $239,434, one-year extension of a maintenance contract for the system that controls parking access and revenue. The contract is with Scheidt & Bachmann USA Inc., which was hired in 2010 to install the system.

In addition to spending measures, the board received reports that passenger activity continues to trend upward, with boardings going up 2.9 percent in January, year over year, and a cumulative 5.1 percent since last July 1.

Cargo posted strong growth, increasing 7.1 percent from a year earlier, chiefly due to increased volume at the FedEx Express world hub. Cargo volume is up 3.6 percent since July 1.

-Wayne Risher

Amazon to fund computer science courses in seven Memphis-area high schools

Amazon announced Thursday it will fund computer science courses in more than 25 schools across Tennessee, including seven in the Memphis area, through its Future Engineer program.

The Memphis-area schools include Trezevant, Ridgeway, Mitchell and Cordova high schools; Collegiate School of Memphis; Gateway University; and Marion High School in Marion, Arkansas.

The program, a $50 million investment in computer science and STEM education, will fund courses in more than 1,000 high schools across the United States, 700 of which are Title I schools.

The funding will provide full-year courses designed to “inspire, prepare and propel students of all backgrounds to pursue a computer science education and career,” according to a release. Courses will feature “preparatory lessons, tutorials, professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students and live, online support every day of the week for both teachers and students.” 

All students participating in Amazon Future Engineer will receive a free membership to AWS Educate, which will provide them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.

“We want to ensure that every child, especially those from underprivileged communities, has an opportunity to study computer science,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said in a release. “We are excited more than 1,000 schools will now provide these courses, and look forward to adding 1,000 more schools over the coming months.”

High schools involved in the program will begin to offer the computer science courses this fall.

Schools, administrators and teachers interested in applying for the Amazon Future Engineer program can apply and learn more here

-Natalie Martin



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