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Weekend edition February 11, 2022 | Kailyn Lamb

PerfectServe rated as top communications platform and other Knoxville business news

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PerfectServe Named Black Book’s Top Client-Rated Secure Communications Platform for 2022

PerfectServe was named the named the top client-rated secure communications platform for 2022 in the Physician Practices & Ambulatory Care Providers category. The company works in cloud-based clinical collaboration and provider scheduling solutions. A news release from PerfectServe also talked about the importance of cybersecurity.  “In the past, efforts related to cybersecurity have tended to be more reactive than proactive, but in the current landscape, technology vendors in the healthcare space can no longer afford to make cybersecurity anything but a top priority,” said PerfectServe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Guillaume Castel. “We handle sensitive patient data every day, and safeguarding it is something we take very seriously. We’re honored to receive this recognition from a trusted industry source like Black Book as we focus on being the best partner possible for thousands of PerfectServe customers.” Read the full release here.

Knoxville-based easyvet expands with two new locations in Florida

Easyvet, which offers walk-in veterinary services, has opened two new franchised clinics in Florida inside of PetSmart stores. The clinics offer many services, such as wellness exams and vaccines, as well as basic surgeries such as spay, neuter, and dental work.

“We are excited to continue our growth and open these two new locations inside the PetSmart stores,” said easyvet CEO, Tim Schoenfelder. “The new clinics will allow us to continue focusing on our company’s mission in providing convenient care. Our walk-in model will allow pet parents to schedule a same-day appointment and speak to a veterinary professional while doing their regular shopping at PetSmart.” Read the full release here.

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center to Perform Robotic-Assisted Lung Biopsies

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, part of Covenant Health, announced the robotic-assisted bronchoscopy platform in a news release earlier this week. The procedures are minimally invasive and allow trained physicians to detect lung cancer earlier. A first of its kind technology in East Tennessee, the procedure collects tissue samples in deep regions of the lung, where many early-stage tumors are found. “Fort Sanders Regional was the first in the region to offer robotic-assisted technology for our surgery patients nearly 18 years ago,” said Keith Altshuler, President and Chief Administrative Officer of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “As we continue to enhance our services and provide the best care possible for our community, we’re proud to add the robotic bronchoscopy platform to our options for diagnosing lung cancer.”

IRS hosting webinars for small businesses

The IRS is hosting webinars during February and March to cover top tax issues for small businesses. The webinars will be done by region, with Tennessee’s webinar happening on March 16. In addition to tax issues, the IRS will talk about potential scams small businesses face and a listening session for feedback. Learn more about the webinar here.

New Business

Alchemy Lounge and Cigar Bar, which will feature specialty bourbons, is set to open in the former Oli Bea location in Old City. The bar is scheduled to open in May. Read more in this Inside of Knoxville article. 

New Hires and Promotions

The Trust Company of Tennessee has hired Michael Berger as a Client Specialist working out of its Knoxville office. Berger previously worked as a Paraplanner for both Dunlap & Associates in Peachtree City, Georgia, and The Trentham Santiago Group in Alcoa, Tennessee. “Michael is committed to making clients’ experience comfortable at every point of the financial planning process,” said Daniel Carter, President of The Trust Company of Tennessee. “His ability to ease client worries and set them up for financial security is already an asset to our company and the people we serve.”

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