On Monday, Ballad Health and East Tennessee State University announced Dr. Jonathan Moorman, division chief for ETSU’s Infectious, Inflammatory and Immunologic Disease and vice chairman of research and scholarship at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, is joining the Ballad Corporate Emergency Operations Center as a liaison with ETSU and the medical community.
“East Tennessee State University and the James H. Quillen College of Medicine are instrumental regional partners in this response,” Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Alan Levine said in a Tuesday press release. “We are grateful Dr. Moorman is willing to lend his expertise to ensure Ballad Health is effectively coordinating with our strategic partners as we mount a concerted, regional response to COVID-19.”
As a liaison, he will help coordinate activity and information flow between the healthcare functions of ETSU and Ballad, and he will provide professional input with respect to the response.
Dr. Moorman joins Dr. David Reagan, who has been advising the clinical and operational leadership of the Ballad Health CEOC. Dr. Reagan formerly served as chief medical officer of the Tennessee Department of Health and as an associate dean and professor of medicine for the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU.
“ETSU is pleased to support the efforts of our partners at Ballad Health as we all work to ensure a responsive effort to the potential spread of the coronavirus,” Dr. Bill Block, dean of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine said. “Our faculty and infrastructure are available to help; however, the Ballad Health Emergency Operations Center determines what will be most beneficial in terms of the healthcare response. This is, of course, in addition to the steps taken by ETSU with respect to the management of issues of significance to ETSU as an academic institution.”
Updates about COVID-19 are available and regularly updated at www.balladhealth.org/COVID19.