Daily Briefs

By Updated: February 25, 2019 2:22 PM CT | Published: February 25, 2019 2:12 PM CT
  • South Memphis honored for health initiatives
  • Air Canada to add larger planes for Memphis-Toronto route
  • Chris Jenkins named Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett COO
  • Airport board OKs surveillance, parking system contracts

South Memphis honored for health initiatives

South Memphis has become the first Tennessee neighborhood to gain gold status under the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness initiative to encourage healthy living.

The community won the designation as part of the organization's gala recently in Franklin, Tennessee.

The initiative allows participating counties, cities, towns, neighborhoods and college campuses to promote healthy living by establishing wellness committees and developing sustainable events that support physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence.

The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness is a nonprofit corporation based in Nashville. For more information, visit the organization's website.

-Daily Memphian Staff

Air Canada to add larger planes for Memphis-Toronto route

Air Canada is increasing the size of planes that will carry passengers to and from Memphis International Airport to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

Beginning May 1, all Air Canada flights between MEM and YYZ will utilize 76-seat Embraer E75 aircraft, according to a release from the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, replacing 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 planes used for the route.

The aircraft will feature a choice of Business Class, seat-back in-flight entertainment and Wi-fi options.

“Passenger demand between Memphis and Toronto continues to be strong,” said Pace Cooper, chairman of the Airport Authority board, said in the release. “It’s great to see Air Canada meeting this demand with larger aircraft providing more onboard amenities for travelers.”

Air Canada said the move is in response to the increase in travelers from Memphis “either to visit Canada or connect conveniently onward from Toronto through our extensive global network,” said Lisa Pierce, senior director, U.S.A. Sales and Market Development for Air Canada.

Air Canada began operations at MEM in May 2017, offering nonstop service between Toronto and Memphis that doubles as a one-stop gateway to more than 160 Canadian and other international destinations.

-Daily Memphian Staff

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


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