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28 Greats in 2008

Discover 28 Great Reasons to Celebrate 2008 at Erlanger

As the holiday season approaches, we at Erlanger have many reasons to be thankful. Over the next few weeks, we will update this page with 28 great reasons to celebrate the accomplishments of 2008 at Erlanger.

  1. Thomson Reuters named Erlanger Health System one of the nation's Top 100 Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care.
    The annual study—2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success—examined the performance of 970 hospitals by analyzing clinical outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and angioplasties. The 2008 winners were announced on November 17 in Modern Healthcare magazine.
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  2. Named “Best of the Best” in all healthcare categories in annual Times Free Press readership survey, plus “Best Place to Work”
    Best Place to Have a Baby
    Best Hospital
    Best Emergency Room
    Best Places to Work
  3. Several Erlanger employees, including Sue Bankhead, Coretha Weaver, and Stacy Prater, have received national and regional recognition for clinical expertise and humanitarian efforts during 2008.
  4. In October 2008, Erlanger Health System received the 2008 Organ Donation Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for exceeding the national organ donation rate of 75 percent among eligible donors.
  5. Top Patient Satisfaction Awards (East and TCTCH) READ MORE
  6. The Emergency Department at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital received a 5-Star Award for patient satisfaction from Professional Research Consultants. The 5-Star Award means the Emergency Department scored at or above the 90th percentile of excellence in overall quality of care. READ MORE
  7. Erlanger Healthcare System is first healthcare provider in region with online Wikipedia (encyclopedia) entry. Also offering updates, videos and news links via social media on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
  8. On the Great American Smokeout Day, November 20, 2008, Erlanger reached a new milestone by announcing that a system-wide tobacco-free policy will become effective in March 2009.
  9. Established in December 1968, the Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers are celebrating their 40th anniversary of service to the community this month.
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  10. LIFE FORCE, Erlanger’s air transport service, reaches a new milestone this month with the celebration of 20 years of service to the region. READ MORE
  11. During 2008, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, based at Erlanger, established the first emergency medicine residency program within the UT system. LEARN MORE
  12. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, based at Erlanger, has established the first Hospice/Palliative Care Fellowship program in the nation. LEARN MORE
  13. During 2008, the family of the late Harold Alper, MD, established the Harold Alper, MD, Humanitarian Endowment Fund with the Baroness Erlanger Foundation. The endowment provides funding for an annual lecture series and an annual award to honor an outstanding resident from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. LEARN MORE
  14. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, based at Erlanger, has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant to participate in a National Children’s Study through a partnership with Emory University. LEARN MORE
  15. During 2008, Erlanger earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center – the first and only hospital in Southeast Tennessee to achieve stroke center certification. LEARN MORE
  16. In November 2008, the first of three new LIFE FORCE helicopters went into service. The newest air ambulance in Erlanger’s fleet of three helicopters is based in Calhoun, Ga. Replacements for LIFE FORCE 1 and LIFE FORCE 2, based at the Erlanger Baroness Campus and in Sparta, Tenn., will go into service during the first quarter of 2009.
  17. Throughout 2008, major gifts to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Baroness Erlanger Foundation have provided funding for a pediatric CT scanner, pediatric smart pumps, and renovations to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
  18. Erlanger retained full accreditation following the health system’s first unannounced Joint Commission survey during the week of October 20, 2008.
  19. T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Foundation received the largest, single private donation in its history with a $300,000 donation from a Chattanooga couple in honor of their late daughter. LEARN MORE
  20. During 2008, major grants have been awarded to Erlanger Health System to support funding for telemedicine and children’s health initiatives. LEARN MORE
  21. In May 2008, Erlanger Health System hosted a roundtable discussion on healthcare, led by U.S. Senator Bob Corker. LEARN MORE
  22. During 2008, Erlanger became the first hospital in Tennessee to participate in the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) and led the initiative to create a statewide network for collecting data to improve surgical safety. LEARN MORE
  23. Volkswagen Group of America selects Erlanger Health System as healthcare provider of choice during its 18-month automotive plant construction phase, starting in December 2008. LEARN MORE
  24. During 2008, Erlanger Health System entered into a partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, to provide a variety of healthcare services to UTC students, faculty and staff, and student-athletes, along with the community. The new program is called University Health Services. LEARN MORE
  25. Erlanger opens a primary care clinic at Alexian Brothers on Signal Mountain. LEARN MORE
  26. In 2008, Erlanger became the region's anchor hospital for Blue Cross Blue Shield Network S.
  27. In November 2008, the Hamilton County Commission unanimously approved a discounted co-pay services agreement with Erlanger Health System for Hamilton County employees.
  28. Erlanger’s new alliance with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (UTCOMC) and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) expands clinical experience opportunities for UTC and UTCOMC students, including those in nursing, physical therapy and athletic training.