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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.

 Alpers,JoshMDJoshua Alpers, MD

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.”

Dr. Roger DeVersa joins Academic Internal Medicine

DeVersaMDErlanger Health System welcomes the addition of Roger DeVersa, MD, internal medicine specialist and former Erlanger hospitalist, to the Academic Internal Medicine physician practice.

In addition to seeing new patients at Academic Internal Medicine, Dr. DeVersa will serve as Physician Advisor for Erlanger’s Revenue Integrity Program. Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. DeVersa has earned certification from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as both a Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP) and Certified Coding Specialist. In 2013, the Certifying Commission in Medical Management (CCMM) named Dr. DeVersa as a Certified Physician Executive.

“With Dr. DeVersa’s extensive medical background, plus his education and training in medical documentation and coding, we at Erlanger are fortunate to have him on our team,” said Erlanger President and CEO, Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis, Dr. DeVersa completed an internal medicine residency at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, based at Erlanger. He also received advanced fellowship training in infectious diseases from the University of Wisconsin and later earned a MBA degree from UTC.

Dr. DeVersa is now accepting new patients at Academic Internal Medicine, 979 E. Third St., Suite B-601, in the Erlanger Medical Mall. To make an appointment, call 423-778-8179.

Dr. Zielinski with Children’s Hospital at Erlanger receives “One with Courage Award”

Zielinkski,JulieMDCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Julie Zielinski, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, has received the “One with Courage Award” for Healing from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County.

Dr. Zielinski received the award during the inaugural One with Courage Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 3, at the Downtown Marriott. The One with Courage Awards Luncheon celebrates champions of children in the area who enrich the lives of kids through Help, Hope or Healing and honors those who support the children served by the CACHC through giving, service, or voluntarism.

The Healing award goes to champions who “have the courage to make hurting children whole by providing healing to their mind, body or spirit.”

“Dr. Zielinski represents the best of the best in pediatric healthcare,” said Alan Kohrt, MD, President of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. “We are privileged to have Dr. Zielinski in our community as both a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and an advocate for children’s health.”

Dr. Zielinski received a medical degree from Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, Michigan. She completed an orthopedic surgery residency program from McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, and fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida.

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