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Recent celebrations, above, of healthcare professionals at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett included a Blessing of the Hands ceremony and some bright spots of fun at the Employee Appreciation Picnic. These were among the events the hospital hosted during 2018 National Hospital Week and Nurses Week last month. Others included morning snacks, a recognition day, an employee appreciation cookout and more events.

Bartlett near top of TN’s healthiest housing markets

Financial technology company SmartAsset ranks Bartlett third in Tennessee among the state’s healthiest housing markets. The study measures market health by the average number of years residents spend in homes, home values, ease of sale and the costs associated with ownership.

Bartlett’s data showed:

  • Average years living in home: 15.4
  • Average homes with negative equity: 8.9 percent
  • Homes decreasing in value: 6.4 percent
  • Average days on the market: 48.2
  • Home costs as a percentage of income: 19.0 percent
  • Healthiest Markets Index: 87.77

The top 10 Tennessee cities ranked were:

  1. White House
  2. Smyrna
  3. Bartlett
  4. Germantown
  5. La Vergne
  6. Hendersonville
  7. Goodlettsville
  8. Murfreesboro
  9. Spring Hill
  10. Oak Ridge

For more details, including the study’s methodology and an interactive map, see

Saint Francis-Bartlett honored for excellent stroke care

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health and get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is focused on providing high quality stroke care to our patients,” said Chris Locke, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett’s chief executive officer. “Stroke is a serious problem in Tennessee, as we are part of the Stroke Belt, where the risk of stroke is 34 percent higher than it is in other areas of the country. The tools and resources provided by the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative helps us to track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Approximately 130,000 people per year in the United States are killed as a result of stroke.

Weichert-affiliated agents complete special training

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. has announced that the following professionals have successfully completed the organization’s Fast Track training:

  • Agents Theresa Goolsby and Lacy Scarbrough and Manager Melissa Stewart, all of Weichert SPM in Arlington. For more information contact Missy Spore at (901) 800-8273 or
  • Affiliate Broker Rob Hyde of Weichert Benchmark in Germantown: For more information contact Ric Bowman at (901) 202-2000 or

The training helps quickly bring new Weichert affiliated agents and current agents interested in taking a refresher course up to speed on the latest information and technology available to real estate professionals so they can better communicate with clients to offer the best service available.