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29 Greats in 2009

As the end of the year approaches, we at Erlanger have many reasons to be thankful. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sending daily e-mail messages listing 29 great reasons for all of us to celebrate the 2009 holiday season at Erlanger.

  1. LIFE FORCE, Erlanger's air ambulance program, celebrated its 20th anniversary and the addition of a third helicopter to its fleet during 2009.
  2. More than 200 Erlanger nurses were recognized during the 2009 Career Ladder nursing career advancement program.
  3. During 2009, Erlanger Health System and Siskin Children’s Institute partnered to create a development behavioral pediatric center.
  4. Drs. David McCallie and Winston Caine were honored as 2009 Distinguished Physicians by The Baroness Erlanger Foundation.
  5. The Erlanger Health System launched a new and improved website in 2009, featuring a full library of  "A to Z Health Information” with more than 4,000 health and wellness articles, and an interactive symptom finder for adults, children and infants.
  6. The Dodson Avenue and Southside Community Health Centers of Erlanger celebrated their 40th anniversary of service to area residents.
  7. Erlanger is named “Best Place to Work” and “Best Place to Have a Baby” in the annual Chattanooga Times Free Press “Best of the Best” readership poll.  More than 4,000 readers submitted entries in this year’s poll.
  8. Erlanger received national recognition in 2009 from both the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for its treatment measures of heart and stroke patients.
  9. Erlanger’s Kidney Transplant Center celebrated 20 years of service to tri-state residents in 2009, with more than 500 transplant surgeries performed since the program begin in 1989.
  10. For fiscal year 2009, Erlanger posted $10.8 million in excess revenue over expenditures from operations.
  11. Hatch’s House of Hope opened in Erlanger’s Medical Mall during 2009.
  12. Erlanger North began participating in a joint venture with Red Bank Community Center during 2009 to provide health and wellness services to area seniors.
  13. Dr. Amanda Grubb, chief resident of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Internal Medicine Residency Program, received the 2009 Dr. Harold Alper Humanitarian Endowment Award.
  14. Moody’s Investor Services affirmed Erlanger’s A3 bond rating in October, upgrading it to stable, and citing numerous positive factors that influenced its improved forecast.
  15. T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger announced expansion plans, adding six more beds to the PICU and 14 more rooms to the outpatient surgical areas. 
  16. T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital's pediatric urgent care clinic, the T.C. Thompson Children's Care Center, is now treating an average of more than 800 patients per month--up from 31 patients during its first month of operation in December 2008.
  17. Pediatric cancer patients from T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger were featured in a video on ABC's "Good Morning America" program.
  18. In January 2009, medical residents from the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga began training at the new Human Patient Simulation Center at Erlanger. The center has four computerized mannequins that can be programmed with 80 scenarios, ranging from difficult childbirth to trauma injuries.
  19. Dr. Mukta Panda, recently named Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (UTCOMC), and her colleague, Dr. Ann Rybolt, received national recognition for their innovative program, "Bring Back the Black Bag." The physicians work with UTCOMC residents and ContinuCare nurses to deliver medical house calls to patients.
  20. In May 2009, Erlanger neurologist, Dr. Tom Devlin, and Dr. Peter Hunt, ENT specialist, received national recognition for implanting the first Brainsgate brain stimulator stroke device in a human in the U.S.
  21. In February 2009, Erlanger's Southeast Regional Stroke Center was recognized for successfully completing more than 200 Merci Retriever procedures for stroke, more than any stroke program in the nation.
  22. LIFE FORCE paramedic, Stacey Prater, was recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in Washington, D.C., for his heroic actions in saving a family from a burning car.
  23. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (UTCOMC)'s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program was granted accreditation status in 2009, becoming one of the first hospice fellowships in the country to receive accreditation.
  24. T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Foundation new "Care Champions" program was recognized as a best practice by the Advisory Board's Philanthropy Leadership Council and featured in the board's national meeting.
  25. Top Patient Satisfaction Awards were awarded to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger for emergency department and inpatient quality of care and to Erlanger East for inpatient surgical services, inpatient OB/GYN services and inpatient services quality of care overall.
  26. Former Erlanger trauma patient, Susan Cenkus, who, along with her young son survived a bear attack in 2006, was featured on the cable TV network, Animal Planet, this month, chronicling her story.  Ms. Cenkus lost her 6-year old daughter in the attack.
  27. Volkswagen of America awarded Erlanger and Workforce Corporate Health the contract to provide employment physicals (medical exams and specialty testing) for over 900 individuals in the next six months. 
  28. This month, Erlanger's board of trustees approved the purchase of the region's first Cyberknife. This noninvasive, highly-precise cancer treatment directs radiation to tumors previously untreatable, or difficult to treat, using conventional technology.  With this acquisition, Erlanger will be the region's only provider of this highly advanced treatment for cancer.
  29. The ultimate reason to celebrate 2009 is our Erlanger employees, physicians, and volunteers who create miracles everyday. Without you, none of the other 28 reasons would have been possible!