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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.

Erlanger launches mobile heart screening center

Erlanger Mobile Health Center

Erlanger Health System announced today a partnership with HealthFair — a national testing provider that brings convenient and affordable health testing to community neighborhoods via its mobile health centers. Screenings will be offered throughout the region including areas north of Hamilton County and south into northern Georgia.

“Erlanger is fully committed to the prevention and early detection of diseases,” said Robert Brooks, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer of Erlanger Health System. “Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, our objective with these mobile health centers is to take heart screenings to convenient, public locations in an effort to prevent heart attacks and strokes, and improve the health of our communities.”

Starting Monday, August 25, the Erlanger mobile health center will begin offering residents screening tests to assess their risks of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, and some cancers. Participants are pre-screened and testing is tailored to the needs of the individual. Both basic and advanced packages are available depending on the amount of testing the participant requests.

In about an hour, six tests can be performed to determine the individual’s risk for heart attack or stroke. Ultrasound screenings of the heart and arteries include:

 

  • Echocardiogram – Produces a video of the heart to detect enlargement of the heart, valve abnormalities, blood clots, and tumors.

 

  • EKG – Provides a picture of the heart’s electrical activity, which may predict pending heart attack, irregular heart rhythms and other abnormalities.

 

  • ASI – Measures the flexibility or hardening of the arteries.

 

  • Carotid artery ultrasound – Examines the carotid arteries in the neck to detect the presence of plaque, one of the leading causes of stroke.

 

  • Peripheral arterial disease test – Measures blood circulation to both the arms and legs. Poor circulation increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound – Checks for aneurysms in the abdomen. A four-hour fast is required.

Each test in the Erlanger mobile health center is performed by specially-trained staff, and the results are reviewed by board-certified physicians. Participants will receive their results by mail and have access to them through a secure online portal. Individuals determined to be at high risk will be contacted by Erlanger’s staff to discuss and facilitate appropriate next steps.

While insurance does not cover the screening tests, tests are potentially reimbursable from a health savings account, depending on the insurance coverage. Participants are encouraged to check with their insurance provider regarding reimbursement.

For more information, visit www.erlangerhealthfair.com or call 855-755-TEST (8378).

Erlanger welcomes new rheumatologist

Crowe,JayneMDErlanger welcomes Dr. Jayne Crowe, rheumatologist, to the practice of University Rheumatology Associates.

Dr. Crowe received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and doctorate of medicine from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn. She completed an internal medicine residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a rheumatology fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she served as Chief Rheumatology Fellow.

She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Georgia Society of Rheumatology, and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Crowe joins rheumatologists Michael Brit, MD, PhD, and Elizabeth Turner, MD, at the offices of University Rheumatology Associates, 979 E. Third St., Suite B-805, Chattanooga, Tenn., and is currently accepting new patients. To make an appointment with Dr. Crowe, call 423-778-4396.

Dr. James Creel marks 30 years of board certification in emergency medicine

Creel, James MDErlanger Health System Chief Medical Officer and senior oral examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine for 25 years, James Creel, M.D., has marked more than 30 years being board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).

ABEM Maintenance of Certification is a voluntary process that consists of activities to assist certified physicians stay current in medical research, provide opportunities in practice improvement and support appropriate communication and professionalism with patients. In addition, physicians must also pass clinically-focused, comprehensive examination.

This landmark of 30 years reflects Dr. Creel’s outstanding dedication to the specialty of emergency medicine, the recognition of the value to be board certified, his devotion to continuous learning and the provision quality care to all patients.

In addition to practicing emergency medicine, Dr. Creel has been a pioneer in the implementation of advanced skills for emergency medicine. He developed the first Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (UTCOMC) – the first program of its kind in the UT system – and currently serves as Interim Chair of the program. He has also served as Assistant Professor in both the Departments of Surgery and Internal Medicine for UTCOMC and as well as Erlanger’s Chief of Emergency Medicine, Vice Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff and Director of Hyperbarics.

Dr. Creel’s service to the community includes the roles of Medical Director for Hamilton County EMS and Walker County EMS, First Responders and Chattanooga Fire; Team Physician for Hamilton County SWAT; and Director of Med Comm.

Erlanger officials pleased with court ruling on Hutcheson foreclosure proceedings

The United States District Court temporarily postponed Erlanger’s foreclosure of the Hutcheson property in Fort Oglethorpe granted to Erlanger Health System for its $20 million line of credit three years ago. This ruling signified an effort by the Court to more fully educate patients and residents of the tri-county region about possible foreclosure proceedings on the north Georgia hospital.

The Court not only gave Erlanger a roadmap to enforce its rights under its loan documents, but also ordered the Hutcheson entities and Counties to provide additional notice to the residents of Walker, Dade and Catoosa of possible foreclosure on the Fort Oglethorpe campus in the near future.

Officials with the Erlanger Health System are pleased with the Court’s thoughtful decision regarding foreclosure proceedings on Hutcheson Medical Center. By filing the foreclosure notice, Erlanger was fully complying with the language in the controlling documents – language added by Hutcheson and the Counties – in its efforts to recover debts due to the Chattanooga health system.

“Despite Hutcheson’s failure to meet its obligations, Erlanger – without exception – met its obligations throughout this process,” said Erlanger Chief Administrative Officer Gregg Gentry following today’s hearing. Mr Gentry noted that Erlanger’s $20 million loan was fully secured by the property on Hutcheson’s main campus and further guaranteed by Walker and Catoosa Counties, up to $10 million per county.

“We have stated repeatedly that Erlanger remains committed to meeting its longstanding and continued support of the health care needs of northwest Georgia and we feel the Court understands that,” Gentry stated.

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