Saint Francis Hospital Heart & Vascular Center First in Tennessee To Use New FDA-Approved Treatment For Heart Disease Patients Who Also Have Diabetes

Today, the Saint Francis Hospital Heart & Vascular Center became the first hospital in Tennessee and one of the first in the nation to use a newly approved medical device to open narrowed coronary arteries, even in heart disease patients with diabetes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved this new device –– the Resolute Integrity Drug-Eluting Stent (DES) from Medtronic.

The Resolute Integrity DES is the first and only heart stent to be FDA approved for treating patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who also have diabetes. Remarkably, the new device has been shown in a global series of clinical studies to yield consistently strong performance in CAD patients with and without diabetes. Approximately one-third of all patients[i] –– an estimated 300,000 people in the United States alone[ii] –– who receive a stent each year have diabetes.

“The Resolute Integrity Drug-Eluting Stent represents a significant advance in the interventional treatment of coronary artery disease,” said Basil Paulus, MD, Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Saint Francis Hospital. “The device’s indication for CAD patients with diabetes in particular really distinguishes it from the alternatives.”

Caused by a buildup of fatty deposits, or plaque, in coronary arteries, CAD is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States, killing almost half a million Americans each year.[iii] Research shows that people with diabetes have a two- to three-fold increased risk for CAD and two- to four-fold higher CAD morbidity and mortality rates.[iv]Historically it’s been difficult to treat CAD patients with diabetes because they tend to have smaller coronary arteries and persistently elevated blood-sugar levels, which can increase the rate of procedural complications and long-term safety risks.

A stent is a tiny mesh cylinder designed to prop open a narrowed artery. A drug-eluting stent is coated with medication that is designed to prevent the artery from narrowing again; the drug elutes from the stent and into the arterial wall.

More information about the Resolute Integrity DES is available online at

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is a 519-bed full service hospital located at 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.  The hospital has been recognized for excellence of care by United Healthcare, CIGNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. In 2011, the American Heart Association presented the Gold Performance Achievement Award to Saint Francis for Heart Failure and Cardiovascular Disease in their “Get With The Guidelines” program. Offering a wide array of medical services, Saint Francis is noted for its many Centers of Excellence, including its Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Sleep Center, Chest Pain Emergency Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Surgical Services, Diabetes Center, and Women’s Center.

Saint Francis Hospital serves as an academic training site for University of Tennessee Surgical, Family Practice, and Psychiatric Residents.  The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital, visit

[i] Aronson, D; Edelman, E.R. Rev Endocr Metab Disord 2011.

[ii]  Market research data on file, Medtronic.

[iii] Roger VL, Go AS, Lloyd-Jones DM, et al.; American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee.

Circulation 2011 Feb 1; 123 (4) :e18-e209. Epub 2010 Dec 15.

[iv] Tan, Meng Hee. From Research to Practice Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease. Diabetes Spectrum1999; 12: 80-83.

FBO General Aviation Terminal in Chattanooga Awarded LEED® Platinum Certification: Allen & Hoshall Served as Design Team and Project Manager

The first and only general aviation terminal in the world to achieve a LEED® Platinum certification was designed by the Chattanooga team of Allen & Hoshall. Today at an event hosted by The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority, it was announced that the Fixed Based Operation (FBO) General Aviation Terminal managed by Wilson Air Center received the coveted certification. This prestigious award was given by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.

The CMAA FBO General Aviation Terminal is a fine example of Allen & Hoshall’s commitment to quality architecture and engineering. “Our team at Allen & Hoshall is delighted that our work has garnered national attention and a LEED Platinum certification for the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority’s general aviation terminal,” said Rick Boeving, AIA, Vice President. Boeving is architect of record for this project.

The team of Allen & Hoshall also designed and managed the construction project for the CMAA’s Aircraft Hangar Building, which achieved LEED GOLD certification.

Glen Heath, Vice President, Allen & Hoshall, served as the project manager. “The 9,000 sq. ft. aviation terminal is a project that we take pride in. This was a team effort, and I commend the team at Allen & Hoshall for their high-quality performance, contribution to the project, and the LEED Platinum certification,” said Heath.

Other members of the Allen & Hoshall staff and team who worked on General Aviation Terminal and Hangar include: Norman Sneed, Kyle Adams, Michel Lebel, Stevie O’Neal, Adam Coats, James Simpson, Jeremy Scallion, Jason Needham, Rob Herd, Watson Consulting Engineers, Kersey Wike and Artech Interior Furnishings in Chattanooga.

The CMAA FBO General Aviation Terminal was designed to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED verifies environmental performances, occupant health and financial return. It was established for market leaders to design and construct buildings that protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.

“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of its FBO General Aviation Terminal.”

For over a decade, Allen & Hoshall has designed and overseen construction projects for the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. John Naylor is the Vice President of Planning and Development with CMMA and is very pleased with Allen & Hoshall’s quality of work. “The Allen & Hoshall team led by Glen Heath, PE, and Rick Boeving, AIA, has exceeded our expectations for this project, bringing the buildings which were not only beautiful but within a very tight budget and time constraints,” said Naylor. “Their professionalism, technical expertise and client service is exceptional.”

About Allen & Hoshall

Allen & Hoshall, founded in 1915, is recognized as a premier design firm dedicated to their clients.  Headquartered in Memphis, TN, with locations in Nashville, TN, Jackson, TN, Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Jackson, MS and Tunica MS, Allen & Hoshall has more than 100 professionals on staff and holds registrations in most of the 50 states, allowing them to provide services nationwide. Their projects can be found throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East.

Memphis Architect, a Clarksdale Native, Receives White House Invitation to Discuss Jobs, Economy

A local businessman with more than 30 years experience in architecture, construction, project and program management has been invited to the White House to discuss job creation, economic recovery and ways the Obama Administration can partner with the Memphis business community to restore the nation’s economy.

Juan R. Self, a founding principal of Self Tucker Architects, Inc., was ecstatic when he received the invitation in January to participate in The White House Business Council and Business Forward’s meeting with Administration officials on Friday, February 3, 2012.

“It is a great honor for me to be invited to the White House to represent the Memphis business community. I’m delighted to be able to discuss job creation, the economy and relevant topics that will help small business owners,” said Self, a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, who made his home in Memphis more than 30 years ago.

Since April 2011, The White House Business Council has held over 500 meetings with business and civic leaders in all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. The meetings are called to elicit feedback on what the Administration can do to support job creation and ensure that local business leaders are aware of the Administration programs and resources that can help them grow and succeed.

Feedback from the meetings will help the President in his plan to create jobs, tax cuts for business owners, hiring incentives, access to a ready and trained workforce and BusinessUSA, a website that will provide companies with federal resources for business and exports.

A White House tour is planned that morning and the meeting will take place in the afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m. EST. Self will also get the opportunity to discuss with White House officials ways in which Memphis can grow and thrive.

About Juan Self

Juan Self is an architect with extensive experience with schools, churches, child-care facilities, single and multi-family housing, medical facilities, civic/government facilities, and commercial spaces. He received his degree in Architecture from Howard University School of Architecture and Planning in Washington, DC. He has served on various boards including the AIA Memphis Board of Directors, and currently serves as Chairman of the Memphis/Shelby County Building Code Advisory Board.

About Self Tucker Architects

Self Tucker Architects is a full-service firm offering architecture, interior design, planning and urban design expertise. It was established in 1995 with a mission to “design a better Memphis.” The firm’s body of work includes architecturally and socially significant projects such as Stax Museum, Stax Music Academy, FedExForum, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Bioworks Innovation Center, and more.