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Newsmakers in Business, May 30
0530BIZAlana Cummings
Allana Cummings
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Gainesville physician cited by professional group
Dr. Cacia Soares-Welch of Gainesville was inducted as a fellow by the American College of Endocrinology, the educational and scientific arm of the American Associations of Clinical Endocrinologists.

The induction was held during the group‘s 18th annual convocation ceremony April 24 at the 2010 AACE Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress in Boston.

Designation as a Fellow means an endocrinologist has achieved a level of training and experience consistent with the specialty's high standards. Some 94 endocrinologists were inducted during the ceremony.

AACE is a national professional medical association with 6,000 members throughout the United States and 90 foreign countries.

Pettit promoted to head teller at Peach State Bank
Steven Pettit has been promoted to head teller of Gainesville-based Peach State Bank & Trust.

Pettit has been with Peach State for three plus years, starting with the bank in 2007. He is a Gainesville native, graduated from Gainesville High School and from Liberty University in Virginia.

He and his wife, Fancy, live in Gainesville.

"Mr. Pettit is a genuine asset to our Peach State team. His commitment is reflected daily by his exceptional customer service," said Ron Quinn, president and chief executive officer.

Medical Center adds three to administrative staff
Northeast Georgia Medical Center has added three people to its administrative staff: Allana Cummings, as chief information officer; Dr. Sam Johnson, vice president of medical affairs; and Sandra Johnson, vice president of revenue cycle.

Cummings was previously vice president and chief information officer at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. She holds a bachelor's degree in organization leadership from Mercer University in Atlanta and an executive master's degree in business administration from the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University in Arizona.

Sam Johnson was formerly chief medical officer for Houston Healthcare. He also served as medical director of Clinical Services Development at Tanner Health System and practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 22 years in metro Atlanta. He earned his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah. He earned a master's degree in medical management from Tulane University.

Sandra Johnson has 17 years of experience in revenue cycle management and has worked at hospital systems in Florida, Massachusetts and Georgia.

She has a master's degree in health care administration from Troy State University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Montana and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Great Falls in Montana.