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Erlanger appoints Phillip E. Jackson as new VP for health system

Dr JacksonErlanger Health System President and CEO, Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, is pleased to announce the appointment of Phillip E. Jackson, DSL, FACHE, as Erlanger’s new Vice President (VP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Erlanger East and North Hospitals.

Dr. Jackson will assume his new position with Erlanger on September 1, 2014. Erlanger’s new health system VP is currently an executive with Davita HealthCare Partners, a Fortune 500 company which operates 2,100 outpatient dialysis centers worldwide. Dr. Jackson comes to Erlanger from Memphis, Tennessee, where he serves as Regional Operations Director for 20 outpatient dialysis centers, five joint ventures, and five home programs.

Dr. Jackson is board-certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He obtained a MSM in Finance from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He also earned a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Jackson has 27 years of health care management experience working for the military health system, higher education, and for-profit health care.

Prior to his Regional Operations Director position, he served as Health Care Management Degree Program Chair for Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis. Dr. Jackson served honorably for 30 years in the United States Navy as an Administrator, Chief Administrative Officer, Senior Human Resources Executive, and Vice President in hospitals worldwide. In addition, his professional experiences span several years as a corporate financial manager and senior program/budget analyst for Navy Medicine and Department of Defense (Health Affairs).

As a lifelong learner, Dr. Jackson has remained active in higher education as an advisory board member, lead faculty for Ohio University MHA Program, and adjunct faculty for the University of Arkansas MSOM Program.

He and his wife, Hyung Mi, have two children: Sarah, in undergraduate studies at Harvard University and Jessica, in high school. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve at Chattanooga’s premier healthcare system,” Dr. Jackson said.

“With his distinguished history in executive healthcare leadership positions, Phil will be a tremendous asset to our executive team, our academic mission, this community and those we serve,” said Mr. Spiegel.

Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative Saves 533 Lives and $75 Million in Three Years

Program helps Tennessee hospitals improve quality, reduce surgical complications 

Chattanooga, Tenn. – A unique collaborative of Tennessee surgeons, hospitals, and insurers, established in 2008 to share data, compare results, and improve outcomes, reported impressive results to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) National Conference in New York City this week.

Ten hospitals in the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC), including Erlanger Health System, the first Tennessee hospital to join the NSQIP and then participate in the collaborative, have reduced surgical complications by 19.7 percent since 2009, resulting in at least 533 lives saved and $75.2 million in reduced costs.

“It’s rare for three major stakeholders in healthcare—hospitals, surgeons, and insurers—to work together on measuring and improving the quality of surgical care in hospitals, but that’s exactly what the collaborative has accomplished,” explained Joseph B. Cofer, MD, FACS, of University Surgical Associates, and one of the authors of the study. “We also discovered that Tennessee hospitals have not only improved care, but sustained those improvements over time.”

Between 2009 and 2012, ten TSQC hospitals collected clinical, 30-day outcomes data on more than 55,000 surgical procedures, and researchers examined rates of 17 types of surgical complications.  In 2012 another eleven Tennessee hospitals joined the TSQC.

Compared with complication rates in 2009, the 21 hospitals in the TSQC achieved 19.7 percent fewer postoperative occurrences, and the postoperative mortality rate dropped 31.5 percent. Hospitals prevented an estimated 3.75 deaths per 1,000 surgical procedures and avoided $75.2 million in excess costs. The collaborative saw improvements in 13 of the 17 types of complications, and nine improved significantly, including surgical site infections, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in 2012 showed the initial 10 TSQC members reduced complication rates and saved more than $8 million in excess costs from 2009 to 2010. This new study shows TSQC hospitals continued to improve in the years after the program was launched.

The hospital collaborative is a partnership of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Tennessee Hospital Association’s (THA) Center for Patient Safety, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Tennessee Health Foundation.

“The TSQC has helped align the efforts of hospitals and surgeons around quality improvement, which supports the THA board’s commitment toward zero incidents of preventable harm in our state’s hospitals,” stated Craig A. Becker, THA president.

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Study authors include lead author, Brian Daley, MD, MBA, FACS; Joseph B. Cofer, MD, FACS; William C. Gibson, MD, FACS; Scott A. Copeland, MD, FACS; Chris Clarke, RN; William Cecil, MBA; and Barbara J. Martin, RN, MBA, CCRN.

Participating hospitals in the Tennessee Surgical Quality Initiative include:

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (formerly Baptist Hospital)

Baptist Memorial Hospital – Memphis

Claiborne County Hospital

Cookeville Regional Medical Center – Cookeville

Cumberland Medical Center

Erlanger Health System – Chattanooga

Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center

Henry County Medical Center

Jackson Madison Co General Hospital

Maury Regional Medical Center

Memorial Health Care System

Methodist University Hospital – Memphis

NorthCrest Medical Center

Parkwest Medical Center – Knoxville

Regional One Health – Memphis

Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis

Saint Thomas West Hospital

Summit Medical Center

University of Tennessee Medical Center -Knoxville

Vanderbilt University Medical Center- Nashville

Wellmont Bristol Regional 

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Erlanger Named Best Hospital 4th Straight Year; Ranked One of America’s Top Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

For the fourth consecutive year, the Erlanger Health System has been named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2014-15 Top Hospitals edition.

USNWR_2014_15Erlanger was named “Best Hospital by Metro Area,” and ranked in the top 10 ”Best Hospitals in Tennessee.” Erlanger was also the only local hospital to be recognized for the high performing specialty of nephrology. With the only kidney transplant program in the region, Erlanger is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the program this year.

“As the region’s only academic teaching hospital and Level One Trauma Center, we are extremely pleased to have earned this national recognition from U.S. News & World Report for the fourth straight year,” said Erlanger President and CEO, Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE. “It’s a notable tribute to Erlanger’s capabilities and service to the region, coming on top of numerous top-tier certifications that we’ve earned this year.”

In 2014, Erlanger has earned the highest level of certification as an accredited Chest Pain Center and as a Regional Comprehensive Stroke Center. The 10th largest public health care system in the United States, Erlanger also earned a three-year accreditation by The Joint Commission.

In making the announcement, U.S. News & World Report rankings editor Avery Comarow said, “The Best Hospitals rankings are intended to help patients with life-threatening or rare conditions identify hospitals that excel in treating the most difficult cases.”

The 25th edition of U.S. News and World Report showcases the best of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals. Methodology for rating hospitals includes data that is publicly available and less subjective, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS Hospital Compare). This year, the publication added new data and placed greater emphasis on patient safety. Metrics for patient safety now account for 10 percent of each hospital’s overall score, twice as much as in past years.

Other criteria used in the U.S. News & World Report ratings include risk-adjusted survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, patient volume, and responses from medical specialists to opinion surveys.

Highlights of the newest rankings will appear in U.S. News Best Hospitals 2015 guidebook, to go on sale in August. Complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

About Erlanger Health System

The Erlanger Health System has five Tennessee-based medical campuses, including the region’s only children’s hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, providing the highest level of trauma care.  Affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, Erlanger is also the region’s only academic teaching center and treats more than a quarter million patients every year.

Drs. Alpers and Keel Join Erlanger Health System

Erlanger Health System welcomes the addition of two new physicians: Joshua Alpers, MD, with the UT Erlanger Neurology Group, and Christopher Keel, DO, with Academic Urologists at Erlanger.

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Dr. Joshua Alpers, who is board-certified in neurology, neuromuscular medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine, has joined UT Erlanger Neurology Group. Though his interest extends to all aspects of neuromuscular medicine, he has specific interests in chemodenervation for various movement disorders and in disorders of the neuromuscular junction and peripheral nerve hyperexcitability.

Dr. Alpers completed undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France. After earning a medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force.

He completed his intern year in internal medicine, followed by a residency in neurology, at Wilford Hall Medical Center/Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. His training culminated in a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine at Duke University. As a Major in the United States Air Force, Dr. Alpers served as the Chief of Neurophysiology at Wright-Patterson Medical Center/Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.

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Christopher Keel, DO

Christopher Keel, DO, urologic surgeon, is the newest addition to the growing physician practice of Academic Urologists. He has specific interests and extensive experience in robotic and minimally invasive urologic oncology, urologic reconstruction and endourology.

Dr. Keel, a native of Chattanooga, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He subsequently received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He completed an internship in general surgery at Tulane University Medical Center and the Spirit of Charity Trauma Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Keel received additional robotic and urologic training at Tulane University Medical Center through the Department of Urology.

While at Tulane, Dr. Keel was the recipient of several awards recognizing his achievements in researching the impact of surgery on the kidney. For his dedication to patient care and leadership, he was recognized as the “Physician of the Year” at the Spirit of Charity Trauma Center and Interim LSU Public Hospital.

Drs. Alpers and Keel are accepting new patients. To make an appointment with Dr. Alpers at UT Erlanger Neurology, located in the Erlanger Medical Mall at 979 E. Third St., Suite C-830, call 423-778-9001. To make an appointment with Dr. Keel at Academic Urologists, Erlanger Medical Mall, Suite C-535, call 423-778-5910.

Migraine relief: Chattanooga area woman says surgery gave her life back

Area residents suffering from debilitating migraines and unable to find relief now have a new treatment option, thanks to a commonly known plastic surgery procedure performed by Dr. James Waldrop at Erlanger.

Read more about it in this article written by Susan Pierce, Chattanooga Times Free Press: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jun/22/migraine-relief/?entertainmentlifeentertainment

 

 

Erlanger wins eight ADDY Awards

Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Erlanger Health System won eight ADDY awards at the annual advertising awards ceremony hosted by the Chattanooga Advertising Foundation.

ADDY’s are the world’s largest advertising competition and are considered the Oscars of the advertising industry. The Chattanooga ADDY’s were judged by advertising executives and previous national ADDY award winners from other states.

Working in collaboration with local advertising agency, The Johnson Group, Erlanger was honored with a Gold ADDY award this year for Elements of Advertising, Visual and Cinematography for “Norman.” The commercial featured Norman Blake, bluegrass artist and former Erlanger neurology patient. Erlanger’s Gold ADDY now qualifies for regional and national awards.

Erlanger also received six silver ADDY’s. Two were for cancer treatment services in “Upside Down” magazine ad and Cancer TV campaign for “Upside Down” and “Eraser.” Others included orthopedic surgery services campaigns with two magazine ads, enhanced photography and a silver in cinematography for “X-ray/Bone,” “Bike,” and “Sean.”

Erlanger programs at Chattanooga Lifestyle Center to continue; New location announced later this year

This week, the Erlanger Health System board of trustees approved the sale of the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center at 325 Market Street. Area residents currently participating in any of the Erlanger programs offered at the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center may continue to do so. A new location for those rehab, wellness and educational services will be announced later this year, according to an Erlanger official.

“We want to assure all those enrolled in any Erlanger program at the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center that there will be no disruption of service due to the sale of this building,” said Erlanger Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Jan Keys. “Anyone who currently participates in Erlanger’s cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation programs, in addition to our diabetes education, weight management, T’ai Chi or yoga classes will be able to continue with these services, with the same instructors and staff.”

The Erlanger executive said that the due diligence period following the sale of the downtown property is expected to be 120 days. “Meanwhile classes and programs at the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center will continue, and a new location for those services will be determined and announced later this year,” Dr. Keys said.

“Our objective in selling this building was to eliminate the costs associated with debt and operating expenses,” Dr. Keys said, “but we want to assure the community that they can continue to depend on Erlanger and our highly-trained, professional staff for rehabilitation and wellness services and programs.”

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