posted on May 06, 2015 13:45
We had the pleasure of engaging in a "Q & A" with Ann Cranford, Our Tennessee member and a 3RNet board member. Ann shared so much with us - from what's new in Tennessee to what's to be part of 3RNet and serve on our board.
What’s new in Tennessee?
The Middle Tennessee area is on Cloud Nine with the opening of the brand new state of the art Baseball Stadium. The First Tennessee Baseball Stadium, located in Nashville opened on Friday, April 17, 2015 to a sold out crowd. Tennessee has become more and more of a sports State with the Titans Football in Nashville, Predators Hockey in Nashville, The Memphis Grizzlies Basketball, the Sounds Baseball in Nashville the Bristol Speedway Raceway and some of the best Bass Tournament Fishing on the Tennessee Rivers. Tennessee’s growth makes the focus on healthier communities even greater.
What does Tennessee have to offer health care professionals?
Education is a top priority for the State of Tennessee. Tennessee is the fastest improving state toward education in the nation per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The teachers, students, principals, superintendents, parents, and many others came together to make education a top priority. Tennessee is unique in that it is home to four major medical schools and a college of osteopathic medicine. The schools provide the opportunity for the residents to experience opportunities in rural medicine which we see as the greatest challenge in providing quality health care.
Health care facilities across the state are always looking for quality health care practitioners. Tennessee is a growing state with an estimated population of 6,495,978 as of 2013 per the uscensus.gov and using 3RNet as a recruitment resource has been helpful. Tennessee has four medical schools, but there is still a physician supply shortage.
Tennessee has so much to offer its residents no matter what part of the State you live in. Each region is unique to itself. You will find great people from East to the West. The Grand Divisions: East, Middle and West, each with a rich heritage. West Tennessee is famous for barbecue, rock 'n' roll and blues music. The heartland of Middle Tennessee is home to Music City, the Cumberland River and antebellum homes. Over in East Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bluegrass and Appalachian crafts tell quite a story.
What does being a 3RNet member mean for the state of Tennessee?
The State of Tennessee’s partnership/membership/ with the 3RNet Organization is great. The Tennessee Department of Health is the organization member. Our membership allows the state an opportunity to post job vacancies for the Department of Health and other entities in the underserved communities. The health care facilities have the opportunity to post job vacancies on 3Rnet’s website on the State of Tennessee’s website. The postings are for Internal Medicine physicians, Emergency Medicine, Cardiologist, Dentists and Nurse Practitioners to name a few. The vacancies are for our mostly rural communities where some are harder to fill than others. 3RNet provides technical assistance, guidance and training which assist me in providing service to our partners. The candidate information is shared with the health care entities seeking to fill the vacancy.
How does the J-1 Visa Waiver program work in Tennessee?
The J-1 Visa Waiver Program is supported by the Department; we are committed to assuring that all Tennesseans have access to quality and affordable health care. The Department supports placement of primary care practitioners and physician specialists in qualifying health care facilities. The State receives candidates who are interested in staying in working in Tennessee. Tennessee does not typically use all 30 of its slots nor do we have an application cutoff date.
What is it like serving on the 3RNet Board of Directors?
I have served on the 3Rnet Board of Directors for the last three years and as the board secretary for the last two. Being chosen by your peers to serve on the Board is huge and then to also be elected to serve as the secretary is also huge. Serving on the board as afforded me a greater insight toward underserved rural communities not just in Tennessee but across the entire country.
How has being a 3RNet member benefited you personally?
Being involved with 3Rnet has helped me to better serve our partner because of the knowledge and training that I might not have received otherwise. The organization’s staff is always willing to assist you with any aspects of recruitment. The membership allows you to send a question to the list serve and get responses for something you may be dealing with at that time. I would advise any member to take advantage of the knowledge, the support and the sharing of information that you have access to within the 3RNet Organization that is available to you.