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
to administer healthcare services for its in-house medical clinic at the
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 FanninRegionalHospitalin 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
(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
, 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
(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 “BestHospital” edition of US News and World
Report recognized the ErlangerSoutheastRegionalStrokeCenteras 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
(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 ChattanoogaTimes 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
(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
(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
(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 “BlueDistinctionCenter” in cardiac care and spine surgery.
Blue Distinctionis a special, quality-based designation given
to certain hospitals nationwide that deliver proven results for quality care and
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.
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.
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