Erlanger Health System Foundations
Erlanger Health System is a non-profit academic health system affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine dedicated to providing world-class healthcare. As the fundraising arm for Erlanger Health System’s multi-hospital system, Erlanger Health System Foundations’ mission is to "enhance the health and wellness of all children and adults in the Chattanooga region regardless of the ability to pay through cultivation of relationships and partnerships for Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Erlanger East Hospital, Erlanger North Hospital, and Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital."
While Erlanger offers many premier services that financially support its charitable mission, the fiscal challenges for health systems that serve as critical safety net hospitals with the responsibility of treating all people of various socioeconomic backgrounds are real and daunting. It is clear that philanthropy must assume a greater role for Erlanger Health System to achieve its potential and beyond in fulfilling it’s important mission. Through the Foundations' efforts, we hope to enlist the interest and support of more donors than ever before and to forge a new level of partnership with those who recognize the critical need for investing in one of our community’s most vital resources.
Erlanger and Children’s Hospital (E.A.C.H.) Council
At the heart of the Erlanger Health System Foundations' fundraising efforts is a core of volunteers called the Erlanger and Children’s Hospital Council (The “E.A.C. H." Council). Led by Christie Kizer Burbank, Chair, and Gary Godin, Vice Chair, the E.A.C.H. Council serves as the sole development council to build community awareness and raise funds for all the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives.
History of the Foundation
1981 - The Baroness Erlanger Foundation was chartered to help advance medical excellence in our region through investments in technology, clinical programs, medical education, research and facilities focusing on fundraising efforts primarily directed to benefit adult patients and to collaborate with Erlanger’s academic partners.
1985 - The T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Foundation was founded to cultivate philanthropic partnerships interested in giving to meet the unique needs of children and families within our communities.
2010 - Erlanger Health System Foundations was created from the consolidation of The Baroness Erlanger Foundation and the T. C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Foundation to enhance the fundraising efforts to raise funds to support new programs, technological advancement and capital improvements across Erlanger’s Health System.
2015 - The E.A.C.H. Council was created from consolidating The Baroness Erlanger Foundation Council and The T. C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Foundation Council to serve as the sole development council for Erlanger Health System Foundations.
2015 - Erlanger Health System Foundations launched the Believe Campaign to build a New Children’s Hospital on Erlanger’s campus adopting a $28.5 million goal to build the first phase, the Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center, creatively designed to embrace a child’s imagination.