First Group of John W. “Jack” Lacey, III, MD Wall of Distinction Inductees Announced

The names of the eleven exceptional individuals were announced on Tuesday at the inaugural recognition ceremony as the inductees to the John W. “Jack” Lacey, III, MD Wall of Distinction. Each of the honorees’ contributions have made a significant impact to the medical center’s history.

Alfred D. Beasley, MD John W. Lacey at the unveiling of the Wall of Distinction.
Internal Medicine Physician
Years of Service: 1967 – 1997

As a champion of excellence in medical education, Dr. Beasley served as chair and professor of the Department of Medicine and later as the director of Graduate Medical Education. He established the first medical ethics program and constantly charged young physicians to primum non nocere (first, do no harm).

C. E. (Mickey) Bilbrey, III
President and Chief Executive Officer
Years of Service: 1989 – 2004

Under Mr. Bilbrey’s visionary leadership, the University Physicians’ Association was developed. He was also responsible for leading the effort to form University Health System Inc. to provide dedicated governance and ownership of The University of Tennessee Medical Center and then served as the first CEO from 1999 – 2004.

Hu A. Blake, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Years of Service: 1967 – 1984

As a humanitarian, surgeon, scientist, historian, and patriot, Dr. Blake was considered by many as a modern day renaissance man. He performed one of the earliest open heart procedures in the United States and established the first successful open heart surgery program in Knoxville.

Kevin (KB) BrownTirelessly transporting patients throughout the facility, Mr. Brown’s ability to connect with patients and staff made him beloved by many. For this reason, he is remembered as an ambassador to patients and families and referred to as the definition of “teamwork”.
Transporter
Years of Service: 1988 – 2013

Tirelessly transporting patients throughout the facility, Mr. Brown’s ability to connect with patients and staff made him beloved by many. For this reason, he is remembered as an ambassador to patients and families and referred to as the definition of “teamwork”.

Reid Collmann, MD
Gastroenterologist
Years of Service: 1956 – 1995

Considered as a pioneer in medical education, Dr. Collmann was a gastroenterology professor to hundreds of residents and medical students. He also served as the first dean of the UT Graduate School of Medicine and his endowment supports research for medical students.

Joan Ogle Hill, BSN, RN 
Clinical Director of Critical Care
Years of Service: 1965-1999

During her years at the medical center, Mrs. Hill was a passionate advocate for patient care and a fervent leader for nurses. She was instrumental in developing Critical Care Services including the Coronary Care, Intensive Care, Open Heart, Neuro-Respiratory and Medical Intensive Care Units.

Jane A. Hudson, MSN, RNThe names of the eleven exceptional individuals were announced on Tuesday at the inaugural recognition ceremony as the inductees to the John W. “Jack” Lacey, III, MD Wall of Distinction. Each of the honorees’ contributions have made a significant impact to the medical center’s history.
Vice President, Patient Services
Years of Service: 1982 – 2001

As an advocate for the profession of nursing, Ms. Hudson was first a nurse and then an administrator. As the Vice President of Patient Services, she was a pioneer of modern nursing services and championed educational support for nursing.

Robert F. Lash, MD
Family Practice Physician
Years of Service: 1975 – 1992

Considered by many as an innovator for emergency medicine, Dr. Lash established UT LIFESTAR, one of the first air ambulances in the United States, and served as its first director. In addition, he brought a poison control center to the medical center and was also responsible for leading the effort to create the UT Family Medicine Department where he served as the first chairman.

Known as the builder of relationships, Mr. Majors was responsible for the expansion of regional healthcare services through programs such as UT LIFESTAR and UT Home Care Services. He oversaw major growth of campus facilities including the construction of several medical office buildings, the operating room expansion and the Heart Hospital.

Norman D. Majors
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Years of Service: 1978 – 2013

Known as the builder of relationships, Mr. Majors was responsible for the expansion of regional healthcare services through programs such as UT LIFESTAR and UT Home Care Services. He oversaw major growth of campus facilities including the construction of several medical office buildings, the operating room expansion and the Heart Hospital.

George F. Schuchmann, MD                                       
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Years of Service: 1983 – 2006

Known for his uncompromising dedication to patient care, Dr. Schuchmann served as chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and performed the medical center’s first heart transplant in 1986. In addition, he led the creation of the Heart Lung Vascular Institute and served as its first medical advisor.

George Shacklett, MD
Family Practice Physician
Years of Service: 1967 – 1994

As an innovator of patient centric care, Dr. Shacklett served as the chair and professor of the Department of Family Medicine.  He guided the creation of the Family Practice Clinic with a goal of training physicians to practice in Tennessee.

The Wall of Distinction was created to honor The University of Tennessee Medical Center team members and physicians who have contributed to the mission and vision of the medical center and have helped it achieve prominence in healthcare. The wall was named in honor of Dr. Jack Lacey, who retired from the medical center in March 2016 after four decades of service.