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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lower Keys adds trio to staff

Lower Keys Medical Center recently announced the addition of three staff members.

Leslie Disch, RHIT, CPC, is the new director of health information management. She comes to Key West from Greenville, Alabama, where she held a similar post at L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital. She holds an associate's degree in health information technology. She is also a registered health information technician, certified professional coder and has more than six years of experience in health information management.

Margaret "Peggy" Cleary-Spencer, MT (AAB), MBA, is the new director of laboratory services. Most recently she has been the technical supervisor of the laboratory at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Previous to that she had various roles at Munroe Medical Center in Ocala and the University of Florida Veterans Medical Center. Among her other experiences, she had at one time served as a medical technologist at Lower Keys Medical Center. Cleary-Spencer holds a bachelor's degree from Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania and a master's in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Meanwhile, Norman "Rocky" Tingle Jr., MD, has joined the Keys Medical Group and Lower Keys Medical Center. He comes from Lively, Virginia, where he practiced medicine for 17 years with Chesapeake Medical Group and has more than 25 years of experience in family medicine and primary care. He has moved to Key West full-time with his family.

Tingle is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and earned his Doctor in Medicine degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. He performed his internship and residency with the Department of Family Practice, Naval Hospital in Jacksonville.

Board certified in family practice, Tingle treats patients from infancy to geriatrics with a wide range of conditions, diagnosis and needs.

Three join Keys history board

Everglades conservationist Mary Barley, longtime local banker Vicki Walker and hospitality industry professional Karen Thurman have joined the board of directors of the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation.

The nonprofit formed in 2013 to develop and operate the Florida Keys History and Discovery Center.

Barley, an Islamorada resident and longtime conservationist, is a founding board member of the Everglades Foundation, serving seven years as chairperson. She also serves as chairperson of the Everglades Trust.

An assistant vice president and branch manager for Centennial Bank, Walker, a Key Largo resident, has long been involved in local nonprofits, including Good Health Clinic, Mariners Hospital Auxiliary and Islamorada Chamber of Commerce,

Thurman, director of operations at the Islander Resort, was most recently based in Key West as regional director of sales and marketing for Heartland Hotel Corporation. She is a graduate of Leadership Monroe and is licensed in pyrotechnics. She is in the process of relocating to the Upper Keys.