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Hospital Authority Board Welcomes New Trustee

Hoss,HenryHenry A. Hoss, CPA, has been named to serve on the Chattanooga Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees, the governing body of Erlanger Health System.

Mr. Hoss, appointed to the Board by the Legislative Delegation, opened Henry A. Hoss & Company, CPAs, in 1982. In November 1993, his firm merged with Michael Barto & Company to form Barto, Hoss & Company, P.C., providing auditing, accounting, tax preparation and compliance services and consulting services to individuals and businesses.

Mr. Hoss is a member of numerous professional organizations and an active civic leader. He was appointed by Governor Haslam to the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy to serve a three-year term from 2012-2015.

“We welcome the addition of Henry Hoss, an active civic leader who is well known throughout the state, to Erlanger’s board,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, Erlanger’s President and CEO.

Erlanger Trustees are appointed to the Board by the City of Chattanooga Mayor, the Hamilton County Mayor, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Chancery Court, and the Legislative Delegation. Trustees, who serve without compensation, are appointed for an initial term of four years and may serve for no more than eight consecutive years.

Donnie Hutcherson serves as the Chair of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees. Other trustees include Michael J. Griffin, Vice Chair; Jack Studer, Secretary; Daniel F. Fisher, MD, Chief of Medical Staff; Phyllis E. Miller, MD; Nita W. Shumaker, MD; Jennifer E. Stanley; Gerald Webb, II; Tom Edd Wilson; and Richard G. Youngblood.

Erlanger Executive Receives Top Management Award

WinickJoseph 8x10 headshot 12-05Joseph M. Winick, FACHE, Senior Vice President of Planning, Analytics and Business Development for the Erlanger Health System, received the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Senior Level Healthcare Executive Award at the recent meeting of the Tennessee Hospital Association in Nashville.

Mr. Winick received the award in recognition of significant contributions toward the achievement of the goals of the ACHE and the advancement of healthcare management excellence. He is one of only 7,500 healthcare executives to achieve the status of Fellow in the ACHE, the nation’s foremost professional society for healthcare leaders.

Mr. Winick joined Erlanger in 2005. He leads the strategic planning process at Erlanger in collaboration with the executive team, medical staff and Board of Trustees. He is involved in developing the master plan and major capital initiatives, conducting feasibility studies, and preparing Erlanger’s annual statistical forecast.

Before his tenure with Erlanger, Mr. Winick worked with Albert Einstein, Humana and American Healthcare in similar roles. He has more than thirty years of healthcare experience.

“We are extremely proud that the ACHE has honored Joe with this award,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, Erlanger President & CEO. “He is very deserving of being honored by such a prestigious society, and we at Erlanger are fortunate to have him on our executive team.”

Mr. Winick holds a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from The George Washington University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (BSBA). He is a board member of Cyberknife of Chattanooga, LLC, Ronald McDonald House, and Choose Chattanooga.

Erlanger’s Chief Nurse Executive Earns Top Management Credential


Erlanger President & CEO, Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, congratulations Chief Nurse Executive Jan Keys, DNP, FACHE, on achieving fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Erlanger Health System Chief Nurse Executive, Jan Keys, DNP, FACHE, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s foremost professional society for healthcare leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction, according to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). To obtain fellow status, candidates must pass a comprehensive examination, meet academic and experiential criteria, earn continuing education credits, and demonstrate professional and community involvement. ACHE fellows must undergo recertification every three years.

Dr. Keys has been Chief Nurse Executive of the Erlanger Health System since 2013. She is a graduate of Dalton State College of Nursing and earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from State University of West Georgia. She has a Wharton Business School Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania and has a doctorate degree in nursing practice from the University of Tennessee.

She is a member of several regional, state and national healthcare organizations and has served as a member of the board of directors of several local and state organizations.

“It is an honor to become a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives,” Dr. Keys said. “The mission of Erlanger Health System is to deliver healthcare services of the highest quality to all those in need. The community deserves that level of care, provided by staff that is committed to standards of excellence. I am proud to be recognized by ACHE for achieving this level of professional development.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Keys and her achievement of obtaining fellow status in such a prestigious society,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, Erlanger President & CEO. “She truly represents the highest standards of healthcare leadership, and we at Erlanger are fortunate to have her on our team of professionals.”

Children’s Hospital warns residents of door-to-door scam

Officials with Erlanger Health System and T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger are asking area residents to be aware of a door-to-door scam involving individuals who claim they are selling books or subscriptions as a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital.  Two incidents have been reported this morning.

“There is no door-to-door campaign to raise money for Children’s Hospital,” said Chief Development Officer, Julie Taylor.  “We urge area residents to contact the Development Office at 423-778-7373 and provide as much detailed information as possible should they encounter individuals asking for money on behalf of the hospital.  Our hope is to spread the word about these incidents so no one is scammed by these solicitations.”

Children’s Hospital awarded $375,000 grant from BlueCross to support new childhood obesity center

Pictured (left to right) are Julie Taylor, Erlanger Health System Foundations Chief Development Officer; Ashley Williams, Tennessee Health Foundation Program Coordinator; Chelsea Johnson, Tennessee Health Foundation Program Manager; Jaime Lacey, C-HEAL registered dietician; Dr. Joani Jack, C-HEAL Program Director; and Dr. Alan Kohrt, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger CEO.

Pictured (left to right) are Julie Taylor, Erlanger Health System Foundations Chief Development Officer; Ashley Williams, Tennessee Health Foundation Program Coordinator; Chelsea Johnson, Tennessee Health Foundation Program Manager; Jaime Lacey, C-HEAL registered dietician; Dr. Joani Jack, C-HEAL Program Director; and Dr. Alan Kohrt, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger CEO.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has awarded Erlanger Health System Foundations a $375,000 grant for the development and operation of the T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Childhood Healthy Eating and Active Living (C-HEAL) Center in partnership with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

“The C-HEAL Center has two key components,” said Children’s Hospital at Erlanger CEO, Dr. Alan Kohrt.  “The first is early intervention which involves working with regional pediatricians and community organizations to recognize the warning signs for overweight/obesity in children and providing steps to prevent further complications.  The second involves multi-disciplinary treatment by establishing the new center at Children’s Hospital.”

The center, which will open January 2015, will be staffed by a pediatrician with expertise in childhood obesity management, registered dietician, and care coordinator/community health navigator for children who have not responded to early intervention efforts and/or have co-morbidities.  The team will focus on modifying behavior related to eating habits, activity level, and family involvement.  Pediatric subspecialists in hypertension, nephrology, endocrinology, cardiology and other specialties will also be associated with the center for ease in making referrals and coordinating care.

“We are extremely pleased to have this latest partnership with BlueCross BlueShield,” said Erlanger Health System President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE.  “By providing this service to the children in our region, we believe the involvement of area pediatricians and the center will have a positive impact not only on the children but also residents in the surrounding communities.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.  Children who are obese are more likely than their peers to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  They are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems.

“Left untreated, obesity is likely to continue into adulthood and increase risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer and osteoarthritis,” said Dr. Joani Jack, C-HEAL Program Director.  “In Tennessee, 15.2% of children are overweight and 14.5% are obese.  The numbers are also similar for adolescents with 16.1% overweight and 15.8% obese.”

Research has shown that no single intervention is effective in treating childhood obesity.  Communities need access to multiple strategies that are delivered constantly and supported by multiple sectors.  C-HEAL Center will work to close the gap in providing education and prevention, facilitate the identification of at-risk infants and children, and provide the coordinated and community/family-focused source for specialized care.

“Our review committee unanimously approved the proposal to assist with funding to develop a healthy eating and active living center at Children’s Hospital,” said Manager of Community Relations and Foundations Dawn Weber. “It supports our Shape the State initiatives to tackle obesity in Tennessee’s youth, and we’re excited to see its positive impact on the Chattanooga community.”

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.



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