The Briefcase: Atlanta Opera hires search firm
by From staff and wire reports
November 18, 2012 12:01 AM | 1463 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CUMBERLAND — The Atlanta Opera has retained Genovese Vanderhoof and Associates to conduct the search for its new general director. The effort will launch after Thanksgiving and be completed by spring 2013.

The new general director will succeed Dennis Hanthorn, who resigned as general director in July. In the interim, a transition team consisting of senior management, staff, board members, chorus master Walter Huff, and music director Arthur Fagen has been in place.

Safeplay wins national award

MARIETTA — Safeplay Systems was one of three companies nationally to receive an innovation in plastics recycling award from the American Chemistry Council. The company won for its EcoPlay line of playground equipment for schools and parks made from 95 percent post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene.

* Three new doctors have joined WellStar Medical Group.

Karen Hamilton, M.D., has joined the OB/GYN Hospitalist at Cobb practice, at 3950 Austell Road, Austell. Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville and is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Zenobia JonesFoster, M.D., is with the Hospitalist at Kennestone, at 677 Church Street, Marietta. Dr. JonesFoster received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology, and a master’s degree in public health, health policy and management from Emory University.

Sandra Milagros Rodriguez-Sfeir, M.D., has joined the Pediatrics practice at 121 Marble Mill Road, Suite 101, Marietta. Dr. Rodriguez-Sfeir received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Bacteriology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Georgia.

* Quintiles, biopharmaceutical services with labs at 1600 Terrell Mill Road in Marietta, has been recognized as one of the world’s best multinational workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute.

* Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host its annual community Christmas tree lighting Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public and will take place in front of the hospital and feature choral groups from the area, a tree lighting and a special appearance by Santa. Families are invited to bring their cameras for photos with Santa at the conclusion. Emory-Adventist is at 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna.

Ga. port expansion opens

SAVANNAH — The Port of Savannah is celebrating completion of a nearly yearlong expansion of its facility for loading and unloading cargo onto trains.

The Georgia Ports Authority and railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corp. planned a ribbon-cutting Friday to mark the official opening of the new Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility. The expansion adds 6,000 feet of rail to expand capacity and improve efficiency at the site.

The port authority’s board approved the $6.5 million project last year and construction began in January. Officials say the expansion was needed to keep up with growing demand for moving cargo to and from the port by rail.

Savannah is home to the nation’s fourth-busiest container port. It handled 2.98 million containers of imports and exports in fiscal 2012.

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