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Atlanta gets nation's first heart valve center

ATLANTA - The Piedmont Heart Institute says it has received a $20 million grant from the Marcus Foundation to establish the nation's first heart valve reference center at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital.

"Atlanta is the perfect place for this unique center and Piedmont Heart Institute is the organization that will make it happen," said Bernie Marcus, philanthropist and one of Atlanta's biggest ambassadors. "We have an international airport, a great hospitality industry and excellent medical expertise. My goal is to enhance the latter and provide our experts with new tools and capabilities needed to help more people across the country."

Michael Outlaw Receives Promotion at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta

Michael Outlaw Receives Promotion at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta

ATLANTA, May 1, 2012– Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Michael Outlaw has been promoted to Managing Director in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Atlanta. 

Michael, who has been with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and its predecessor firms, since 1996, is a native of Charleston, SC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and holds an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. Michael currently lives in Atlanta.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, a global leader in wealth management, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.  For more information, contact 404-266-6594.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

Cypress Pint & Plate celebrates 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts with a fundraiser for a local troop

Cypress Pint & Plate celebrates 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts with a fundraiser for a local troop

MIDTOWN -  Does beer and Girl Scout cookies sound like a good mix?  Maybe or maybe not, but everyone likes supporting a good cause and Cypress Street Pint and Plate will be raising funds for local Girl Scout Troop #29359 in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Girl Scout organization.  The monies will be used for the troop's trip to Savannah this summer to visit the "birthplace of the Girl Scouts".

Emory Healthcare missing info on patients from 17 year period

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Emory Healthcare says they are missing 10 data disks of information on surgical patients from between 1990 and 2007 from a storage location at Emory University Hospital.

Officials released a statement Wednesday afternoon that said as soon as they discovered the disks were missing, that an exhaustive search began. The search and investigation is continuing.

According to the university, the disks were removed from their storage location at some point between February 7 and February 20, 2012. The disks came from an old computer system that was deactivated in 2007.

Officials insist there is no indication the information has been misused in any way. They also insist this is not a breach or hacking of their systems.

Atlanta Architecture Firm tvsdesign Promotes Nate Johnson

Atlanta Architecture Firm tvsdesign Promotes Nate Johnson

tvsdesign recently promoted Nate Johnson to Associate/Architect in their Atlanta office. The firm is noted for its award-winning designs in convention centers, corporate headquarters, workplace, hospitality, cultural arts, higher education facilities, retail and mixed use.

“We are very excited and proud to announce this promotion as it shows that not only do we hire superior people but we promote and nurture them in their careers,” said Becky Ward, senior vice president of practice. “One of the hallmarks of tvsdesign is the longevity of our staff providing our clients with personal and institutional knowledge on major projects worldwide.”

Atlanta Architecture Firm tvsdesign Promotes Britney Gore

Atlanta Architecture Firm tvsdesign Promotes Britney Gore

tvsdesign recently promoted Britney Gore of Midtown from Associate Architect to Senior Associate/Project Architect in their Atlanta office. The firm is noted for its award-winning designs in convention centers, corporate headquarters, workplace, hospitality, cultural arts, higher education facilities, retail and mixed use.

“We are very excited and proud to announce this promotion as it shows that not only do we hire superior people but we promote and nurture them in their careers,” said Becky Ward, senior vice president of practice. “One of the hallmarks of tvsdesign is the longevity of our staff providing our clients with personal and institutional knowledge on major projects worldwide.”