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Erlanger selects HKS / McCarthy for Children’s and Women’s Project; Public invited to free movie premiere of “Louder Than Words”

04_inpatient-extErlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE said today he was “extremely excited to announce the selection of HKS (architects) and McCarthy (construction manager) as our partners in planning and building the new Children’s and Women’s Hospital for Chattanooga and this region.”  Spiegel said he was also looking forward to hosting the local movie premiere of “Louder than Words” on Thursday, October 30 at the Majestic Theater –  at no charge to the Chattanooga community.

How it happened

Following a national search, including interviews with 25 firms, Erlanger selected two teams for consideration to plan, design and build the first phase of a major campus revitalization at its downtown campus on E. Third Street.  Both teams spent considerable time in Chattanooga.  Following their visits, a team from Erlanger spent two days at each of their respective Atlanta offices.  “This entire process consummated in a unique opportunity for each team to share its early vision of the “Re-Imagined Erlanger” campus with the local community earlier this month,” Spiegel said.

Erlanger’s selection team used this month-long process, along with feedback from the community, to reach a decision in selecting the team of HKS and McCarthy as their partners for this transformational process, according to Erlanger Project Executive Bruce Komiske.

HKS has an international reputation for designing world-class hospitals, having planned over 184 million square feet of healthcare facilities, including 30 million square feet of children’s hospitals.  They have been in business for 75 years, with the last 35 years dedicated to children’s healthcare projects.

McCarthy, an employee-owned company, is celebrating 150 years in business and was recognized by Modern Healthcare as the nation’s number one healthcare contractor, with $3.3 billion in annual billings, including $2.5 billion in children’s and women’s facilities and more than 800 hospitals.

“While statistics are important, the driving factor in our decision was the chemistry that the Erlanger team developed with HKS/McCarthy’s key players selected for our Children’s and Women’s building project,” Komiske said. “They displayed a unique passion both for Chattanooga and Erlanger that clearly indicated this project was not just another commission,” he explained.

HKS/McCarthy will be working out of its Atlanta office, however the team will also establish a design studio on the Erlanger campus.  “They also recognize the critical need to keep as much of the work and dollars spent on the project in Chattanooga and are committed, along with Erlanger, to develop a plan that will assure the community that this will be a priority,” Komiske emphasized.

Chattanooga movie premiere

Area residents interested in meeting the winning design team are invited to attend the special Chattanooga premiere showing of the movie “Louder than Words” on Thursday, October 30, at 6 p.m. at the Majestic Theater downtown.  Tickets to the film are free and can be obtained by sending an RSVP to  The real-life couple who were the inspiration for this film will also be attending the Chattanooga movie premiere.

“Louder than Words” is a Hollywood production based on the real life story of a child who died from rabies and how his parents, John and Brenda Fareri, and their triplets, deal with her death by creating a new children’s hospital in their community.

“What makes this movie relevant to Erlanger and Chattanooga,” noted Komiske, “is that the original hospital featured in this movie, Westchester Medical Center, was a public, safety net hospital with the same services, programs and specialists as Erlanger, but the facilities were lacking.”

“Westchester Medical Center had no history of philanthropy and had to create a grass roots campaign to make a new children’s hospital a reality – just as Erlanger is preparing to do,” said Spiegel, who served as COO of Westchester Medical Center at the time this building project was launched.  “They were successful in creating a children’s hospital that has become a model for healing environments around the world, and has had to expand three times since opening 10 years ago,” Spiegel said.

The couple portrayed in the movie, John Fareri (who was played by David Ducovny) and Brenda Fareri (played by Hope Davis) will join those attending the Chattanooga premiere and be on hand to discuss the challenges they faced, along with Kevin Spiegel.   Members of the winning design/construction team will also be at the Majestic Theater Thursday with artistic renderings of their plans, and be available for questions and feedback from attendees.

Tailgate at Erlanger East on October 18

ERLA20413_EastTailGate_Poster_V2_LOHead over to Erlanger East on Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and tailgate! Meet our new Erlanger Health System VP and East CEO, Dr. Phil Jackson, cheer on the SEC, and take care of your health at the same time.

Free health screenings and information will be available from Erlanger physician practices at the event. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the Erlanger mobile health unit and receive a free EKG and blood pressure check. The new Erlanger Center for Breast Health will be open for tours, and participants can talk to representatives from the Plastic Surgery Group, Chattanooga Allergy Clinic, University Surgical Associates, and more. Area merchants will also be on hand with prizes, free food, and giveaways.

The outdoor event will take place in the parking area of Erlanger East by Gunbarrel Road on the Women’s Services portion of the hospital campus.


What is Erlanger Health System doing about Ebola Awareness?

As the region’s only Level One trauma center, Erlanger is always prepared to care for patients with severe injuries and/or illnesses. Protocols are and have been in place for just about any scenario. This includes viral infections and providing isolation rooms and protective barrier measures for patients and employees.

In fact, all hospitals are equipped and will work together to share the responsibility under the lead of the Hamilton County Health Department should there be any wide-spread infection of any kind.

Patient screenings and staff education/training at Erlanger have been in place since the Ebola outbreak began. Currently, Erlanger’s primary focus has been on educating emergency room staff on how to identify cases quickly, an important key to prevention.

If you arrive at any one of Erlanger Health System’s six emergency rooms with symptoms of infection, you will be asked questions to determine the cause and severity of your case. Please do not be alarmed and answer the questions to the best of your knowledge.

Download this CDC on Ebola Fact Sheet for more information on Ebola, signs and symptoms and how to protect yourself.

Children’s Hospital invites public to “Reimagining Erlanger”

Due to the overwhelming response and support for the Tuesday, October 7, Reimagining Erlanger: Design & Construction Challenge, registration is now closed. For those who were unable to reserve a seat, the event will stream live beginning at 6 p.m.,, and will be available to view at the same web address after the event. 


Erlanger welcomes community participation during a special unveiling for design and construction concepts of the new Children and Women’s Hospital during “Reimagining Erlanger” on Tuesday, October 7 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.

Two internationally renowned teams will unveil their architectural design and construction concepts for the new hospital and participate in a question/answer panel discussion at the end of the presentations.

“The design and construction challenge of “Reimagining Erlanger” will allow the community to see plans for the proposed campus revitalization for children and women’s services at Erlanger,” said Bruce Komiske, Erlanger Health System Project Executive.  “We are looking forward to sharing this phase with the public and allowing individuals the opportunity to give input.  After all, Erlanger and Children’s Hospital are our community’s hospitals, and we believe it is important the community plays an integral role in the concept from beginning to end; seeing the vision, supporting the cause and celebrating the opening.”

Event registration, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available in the IMAX Theater lobby from 5:30 until 6 p.m.  Presentations on the two renderings will begin at 6 p.m. with a question/answer session with the designers and hospital representatives concluding the event at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free, however reservations are required to attend the event.  Attendees can reserve online at  For more information, please contact or call 423-778-3989.

Erlanger East approved to become a full-service hospital

Erlanger East2B 001Nashville, Tenn. – The State of Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency unanimously approved an extension to complete the expansion of Erlanger East Hospital to a full-service hospital with 107 inpatient beds.

The state’s “certificate of need” approval, which came last week, allows the Erlanger Health System to complete its $68.7 million expansion project at Erlanger East Hospital, according to Erlanger’s Chief Strategy Officer Joe Winick. The phased-in expansion of Erlanger’s Gunbarrel Road campus, expected to be completed by December 2016, will not only feature more inpatient beds, but also an expansion of surgical services, a cardiac catheterization lab, as well as other ancillary and support services. Erlanger expects to finance the expansion with the issuance of bonds.

“We were delighted to get this unanimous endorsement from the State to provide a much-needed, full-service hospital for the residents of east Hamilton County who clearly need and want this level of care,” said Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE following the hearing. “The volume of business we are seeing in our new Erlanger East Emergency Center far exceeded our expectations, and is just one indication of the need for a new full-service hospital to serve those living in east Hamilton County,” Spiegel added.

Dr. Phillip E. Jackson, FACHE, newly-named Chief Executive Officer of Erlanger East and Erlanger North Hospitals, said he was looking forward “to the incredible opportunity of directing a major expansion project, and seeing this full-service hospital come to fruition over the next two years. “

In 2013, the Erlanger Health System opened its fifth Emergency department at Erlanger East Hospital, one of five Erlanger campuses located throughout the region. The only 24/7 Emergency Department in east Hamilton County, it served more than 22,000 area residents during its first year of operations. This year Erlanger East opened the Center for Breast Health, providing the latest technologies for diagnosing and treating breast cancer for area residents. “We consider Erlanger East to be our lifestyle campus, providing the right mix of necessary services for busy families who live in proximity to Tennessee’s largest retail shopping area, the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, and other major employers at Enterprise South,” said Dr. Jackson.

Erlanger announces Dr. Charles Campbell as Chief of Cardiology

Erlanger Health System Chief of Cardiology

Erlanger Health System Chief of Cardiology

Erlanger Health System President and CEO, Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Campbell, M.D., FACC, as the new chief of cardiology for UT Erlanger Cardiology.  

Dr. Campbell comes to Erlanger from Lexington, Ky., were he served as Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, Co-Program Director of Clinical Scholar in Training in Cardiovascular Science Program and Director of Inpatient Services, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Kentucky. 

Board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine, Dr. Campbell earned his medical degree from Michigan State University, completed his internship and residency at Keesler Medical Center Air Force Base and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base.  He specializes in cardiovascular medicine, echocardiography, cardiovascular critical care and heart failure. 

Prior to his positions at University of Kentucky, Dr. Campbell worked as a Critical Care Air Transport leader in Germany and Iraq and as a staff cardiologist at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Tx.  He has been a member and organizer of several committees and professional societies in cardiovascular medicine and participated as a speaker in numerous cardiology conferences and as an editor or peer reviewer for national cardiology publications. 

For more information on Dr. Campbell and UT Erlanger Cardiology services, please call 423-778-5661. 

Dr. Teresa Regan joins Erlanger Signal Mountain practice

Dr. Teresa Regan has joined UT Erlanger Health and Wellness of Signal Mountain, former practice of Dr. John Cranwell. She will begin serving Signal Mountain residents and the surrounding community on September 2.

A primary care physician, Dr. Regan will see patients Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nurse practitioner, Genna Barnett, is also seeing patients at Erlanger’s Signal Mountain practice.

Dr. Regan served her internship at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and her internal medicine residency at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Chattanooga. She has previously worked as a local primary care and emergency medicine specialist, and a hospitalist.

She is accepting new patients and appointments can be made by calling (423) 778-9434. The Erlanger primary care practice is located at 2600 Taft Highway on Signal Mountain.


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