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Tops in 2010

As the end of the year approaches, we at Erlanger have many reasons to be thankful. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending daily e-mail messages listing the reasons why Erlanger is "Tops in 2010."

(1) In January 2010, Volkswagen Group of Americaselected Erlanger to administer healthcare services for its in-house medical clinic at the Chattanoogamanufacturing plant. In August, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Erlanger’s sixth campus, Erlanger at Volkswagen Drive , which will not only provide healthcare services to Volkswagen employees and their families, but also the surrounding community.

(2) Erlanger's LIFE FORCE 4 began operations on October 14 from temporary facilities at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge , GA.Eventually the Bell 206 LR Helicopter and crew will be based at a permanent facility in McCaysville, within a few miles of the Polk County Line. The State of Georgiaprovided a $600,000 grant to encourage Erlanger to expand its fleet of helicopters into the North Georgia mountains.

(3) New facilities for Erlanger South Family Medicine opened in late 2010 on Battlefield Parkwayin Ringgold , Ga.The new 8,000 square-foot building features “one-stop” healthcare services, including an in-house laboratory and x-ray capabilities for on-site testing and imaging, a large procedure room, additional exam rooms, and a nurse assessment room.

(4) Erlanger’s Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a Cyberknife, the region’s first and most advanced radiation cancer treatment device.  Because of its pinpoint accuracy, the Cyberknife reduces the number of treatments for inoperable tumors from 30 to 40 treatments to 3 to 5 , a significant benefit for those with cancerous tumors too difficult to treat with traditional radiation.  Erlanger will be the exclusive healthcare provider in the tri-state region offering this non-invasive oncology treatment.  Erlanger Board Chairman, Dan Quarles, noted that the purchase of the Cyberknife technology “represented a substantial commitment to Erlanger’s cancer program.”

(5) In October, Minnie Churchill, great-granddaughter of the Baroness and Baron d’Erlanger, traveled from her home in Englandto visit the health system that bears her family’s name and to learn more about the legacy of her ancestors. Mrs. Churchill was married for 33 years to the grandson of the late British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

(6) Notable celebrities visited Erlanger patients in 2010. Tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams visited pediatric oncology patients, while Maksim Chmerkovsky of “Dancing with the Stars” and Jason Resnick of “The Bachelor” visited new moms at the Erlanger Baroness Mother/Baby Unit.

(7) Dr. Molly Seal and Dr. Cauley Hayes were honored by The Baroness Erlanger Foundation during “The Seventh Annual Baroness Erlanger Foundation Distinguished Physicians' Brunch” on March 13, 2010, along with the first community honoree, local businessman and philanthropist, Merv Pregulman. The three individuals were honored for their unquestionable character, as well as their commitment and excellence in medicine to the region's medical community.

(8) Two Erlanger volunteers received regional recognition during 2010: Red Cross volunteer, Dot Garrett, was recognized by the American Red Cross as a “Hometown Hero” for 50 years of volunteer service to Erlanger, while Baroness Erlanger Auxiliary member Herb Cohn was honored as a local Jefferson Award winner for his Erlanger volunteer service.

(9) The August “Best Hospital” edition of US News and World Report recognized the Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center as the second-largest interventional stroke center in the US. The stroke center also remains a national leader in clinical trials for stroke.

(10) Erlanger’s fiscal year ended on June 30, 2010 , with $8 million in revenue over costs. Moody’s affirmed Erlanger’s A3 rating and changed its outlook for the health system from negative to stable.

(11) Erlanger established the UT Erlanger Physician Group during 2010, employing more than 115 physicians to date.

(12) The Red Bank Chamber of Commerce honored Erlanger North as “Red Bank Business of the Year” for 2010.

(13) During 2010, Erlanger was named the “Best Placeto Have a Baby” in the Chattanooga Times Free Press’ annual People’s Choice readership poll. Erlanger was also a finalist in the “Best Place to Work” category, won by First Tennessee Bank.

(14) During 2010, Erlanger and Sodexo received certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America for establishing a gluten-free meal initiative, making Erlanger the first hospital in Southeast to operate a certified gluten-free program for patients.

(15) This year, the Erlanger Board of Trustees approved expansion plans for Erlanger East, including a new Emergency Room and expanded surgical services at the Gunbarrel Road location.

(16) In August 2010, Erlanger East set a record for the largest number of births in a single month – 256 – plus a record-breaking 18 births in just one day.

(17) Erlanger celebrated “50 Years of Firsts in Heart Care,” including Chattanooga’s first open-heart surgery in 1960, and introduced the region’s fastest growing academic cardiology group, UT Erlanger Cardiology.

(18) During 2010, 117 Erlanger RNs completed the Nursing Career Ladder program. Moreover, Erlanger and the UTC School of Nursing program developed the only “Dedicated Educational Units” in the area (NW7, IMCU and CH 300/400) to assist in the medical training of senior nursing students. 

(19) Several major expansion projects were completed at Children’s Hospital in 2010, including the expansion of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).  Children’s Hospital Outpatient Surgery (CHOPS) also completed a major expansion in 2010, and celebrated with grand opening ceremonies. The renovated unit features 30 patient rooms, an expanded family waiting room, and much more. In addition, construction began for housing the region’s only dedicated pediatric CT scanner at T.C.Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

(20) This year, T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary.

(21) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee recognized the Erlanger Health System on its website as a “Blue Distinction Center” in cardiac care and spine surgery. Blue Distinction is a special, quality-based designation given to certain hospitals nationwide that deliver proven results for quality care and treatment.

(22) Patient services were enhanced this year with the addition of bi-plane cath lab technology at the Erlanger Baroness Campus and digital mammography imaging services at Erlanger Bledsoe. In addition, 313 new high-tech Stryker beds rolled into the Baroness Campus.


(23) BlueCross Blue Shield awarded a $1.7 million grant to expand the “Blues Project,” an infant mortality initiative, and extend services to 500 pregnant women at Erlanger’s Community Health Centers. The Community Health Centers also received a $290,000 grant notice to improve access to care.


(24) In 2010, 49 Erlanger employees were honored for more than 30 years of service. Six of these employees have worked at Erlanger for more than 40 years.