Rendina completes North Alabama Medical Center Medical Office Building

FLORENCE — On the heels of the recently completed North Alabama Medical Center (NAMC) hospital campus in Florence, NAMC and Rendina Healthcare Real Estate are celebrating the grand opening of a 72,000 square foot medical office building that is attached to the new hospital.

Following the hospital’s official opening on Dec. 6, the new office building officially opened and treated its first patients on Dec. 17, 2018.

The facility offers complementary services to those provided in the new medical center, and will build on the growing patient base already benefiting from the exceptional level of care provided by the new hospital. NAMC lab and imaging functions are also available in the new office building along with obstetrics, gynecology, and cardiology physician offices. The office building will house a pharmacy available to the public, scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2019.


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Sprinkle joins CB&S Bank

RUSSELLVILLE — CB&S Bank is proud to announce that Jeremy Sprinkle has joined the bank as a Commercial Relationship Manager and will be working from the Florence Hough Road office.

Sprinkle has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He also attended the Buckley School of Communication. Sprinkle’s objective is to serve as a long-term trusted advisor and strategic partner for his CB&S Bank clients. He has worked with several medical and technical start-up companies which included a number of successful acquisitions and an initial public offering. Jeremy resides in Florence, AL with his wife, Sigga. Together, they have two boys, Bax (6) and William (3).

CB&S Bank is a $1.6 billion community bank, headquartered in Russellville, Alabama, operating over 50 offices in the Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee markets. The company offers a complete line of full-service banking products and other related financial services to retail and commercial customers through its subsidiaries.


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Belew on 2019 Forbes list

FLORENCE — Merrill Lynch announced today that Financial Advisor James L. Belew, Jr., has been recognized on the 2019 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, published on February 20. In all, 1,019 Merrill Lynch advisors are included on this year’s list, the most of any firm.

“We are incredibly proud of Jim on being named to the list,” said Will Trapp, senior resident director. “We believe Jim consistently demonstrates what it means to be a leader in the wealth management space and is dedicated to providing our clients the highest level of service."

The Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and uses in-person and telephone due diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor based on qualitative criteria (a major component of a ranking algorithm that includes client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, and firm nominations) and quantitative criteria, including assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and not representative or indicative of any one client’s experience, future performance, or investment outcome. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receives compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking.

Jim Belew resides in Killen,and has been a part of Merrill Lynch’s Florence office for 24 years.


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UNA dean named vice chair of foundation

BIRMINGHAM – Alabama Humanities Foundation elected Dr. Carmen Burkhalter of Florence vice chair of its board of directors.

Burkhalter serves as professor of Communication and the Dean of Arts and Sciences for the University of North Alabama. Burkhalter earned a B.A. at Columbia College, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. from The University of Alabama.

Prior to Burkhalter’s arrival in the Shoals, she spent 20 years at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. While at UA, she was a faculty member in the Department of Communicative Disorders, Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Director of Technology for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is originally from Columbia, SC. Her degrees are from Columbia College and The University of Alabama.

She has been serving on AHF’s board since 2016.


BCBSA receives brand excellence award

BIRMINGHAM — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is the proud recipient of the Brand Excellence Award for “Member Retention” from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has won a total of 23 Brand Excellence Awards since the inception of this annual awards program. The annual awards honor Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that excel in developing and enhancing the overall Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand image.

“Nearly 106 million Americans trust the Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand with providing reliable, high-quality healthcare coverage to them and their families,” said Scott P. Serota, BCBSA president and CEO. “We are proud to recognize Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and those BCBS companies that continue to excel year after year, and have exceeded member expectations and delivered exceptional service to their local communities.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama was awarded the Brand Excellence Award in the “Member Retention” category for having an especially high percentage of members in the state renew their coverage over the past year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama currently serves more than 2 million members in Alabama.


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Lovelace named regional president

RUSSELLVILLE — The Board of Directors of CB&S Bank recently announced the addition of a Northwest Alabama Regional President.

Scott Lovelace has been named Northwest Alabama Regional President. In his new role, Mr. Lovelace will be responsible for providing sales leadership to CB&S Bank offices located in Northwest Alabama. Mr. Lovelace has 30 years of experience in the financial industry, eight of which are with CB&S Bank. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from the University of North Alabama. Mr. Lovelace has training in specialized commercial lending, Commercial &Industrial Lending School and government lending. He also actively serves on a number of boards in the Shoals community: Shoals Chamber of Commerce, Shoals Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board, Heritage Preservation Inc. Board, Florence City Counsel Historical Board, Hospice of the Shoals Board, and the Sportsman Club of UNA Board.

CB&S Bank is a $1.6 billion community bank, headquartered in Russellville, Alabama, operating 50 offices in the Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee markets. The company offers a complete line of full-service banking products and other related financial services to retail and commercial customers through its subsidiaries.


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