The Little Clinic names VP and corporate medical director
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has announced the appointment of Marc Watkins as VP and corporate medical director, reporting directly to Kenneth Patric, chief medical officer.
Prior to joining The Little Clinic, Watkins spent six years with Concentra Health Services in various physician leadership roles and most recently was national medical director, clinical account management. In this role, he provided strategic, operational and clinical program development to major employers across the country.
“Marc’s expertise is in leading organizations in maintaining and expanding market share through strategic growth with a strong focus on the delivery of quality patient care. He is the kind of strategic thinker with a passion for results and a passion for people that meshes well with these same values shared by Kroger and The Little Clinic and that we will need in an ever-changing consumer focused economy,” stated Patric.
Watkins served eight years in the U.S. Navy, serving exclusively with the U.S. Marines. He was twice awarded the Navy Commendation Medal in direct support of combat operations while assigned in Iraq. He was honorably discharged in 2010 as a lieutenant commander.
Watkins is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American College of Physician Executives. He considers his core competency to be designing and implementing quality medical programs that focus on improving clinical outcomes while at the same time reducing cost through a multidisciplinary team.
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Report: Proposed medical marijuana bill in Louisiana would facilitate creation of distribution system
NEW IBERIA, La. — Medical marijuana may be legal in Louisiana but state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, has introduced legislation to help establish a legal distribution system, which, according to a local news report, the state currently lacks.
According to The Daily Iberian, Senate Bill 143 would name several parties, including the state Board of Pharmacy and the state District Attorneys Association, as parties to craft a system of “checks and balances.”
Mills, a pharmacist, has introduced similar legislation in previous legislative sessions. However, this version includes a line — at the request of law enforcement leaders — that bans smoked or inhaled forms of marijuana, according to the report.