The Erlanger Health System is a multi-hospital system with five hospitals based in Chattanooga: the Baroness Hospital, Children's Hospital at Erlanger, Erlanger North Hospital, Erlanger East Hospital, and Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital, located in Pikeville, TN. Erlanger is the 7th largest public hospital in the United States and has been recognized as "Chattanooga's number one hospital" by U.S. News and World Report.
Erlanger is the tri-state region's only Level I Trauma Center, providing the highest level of trauma care for adults. Erlanger has five LIFE FORCE air ambulances in its fleet, two based in Tennessee, two in North Georgia and one in Winchester, TN. Children's Hospital at Erlanger houses the region's only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as a pediatric trauma team, Emergency Center, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Erlanger also serves as the region's only academic teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Campus .
The Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center , recognized for its world-class stroke and neurosciences program, is the fourth largest interventional stroke program in the United States.
Erlanger is part of the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network that includes 56 hospitals and 4000 participating physicians and clinicians.
Each year, more than a quarter of a million people are treated by the team of healthcare professionals who are part of Erlanger.
Our Healthcare Mission
To deliver excellence in medical care to improve the health status of our region, while providing vital services to those in need, and training to health professionals through affiliation with academic partners.
Our Healthcare Vision
Erlanger will lead as a comprehensive provider of acute care and ambulatory health services, offering a “system of care” that delivers value in terms of quality, cost effectiveness, customer service, teaching and research—directed at improving the health of our community and region.
Our Core Values
Our values define who we are and how we act as stakeholders, individually and collectively. We live these values in all that we do. Values are inconsequential unless they drive our behavior, decisions, and priorities. Values in action create a culture, and an organization's culture determines its success.
- Honesty - We believe in honesty and are fully transparent in all we do.
- Excellence - We distinguish ourselves by our commitment to deliver exceptional care, every time, demonstrating results in measurable ways.
- Appreciation - We recognize and value the significance of the individual, contributing to the outcomes achieved by the team.
- Respect - We recognize and advocate for the Erlanger team and for those served, embracing the power of appreciation, communicating and listening, treating each other with dignity, compassion and understanding.
- Trust - We earn the trust of others because we hold ourselves accountable and conform to professional standards of conduct.
Center of Excellence - Emergency Services
What is Emergency Medicine?
Emergency medicine focuses on providing care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries that require immediate medical attention. For any medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
“Best of the Best” Emergency Care
UT Erlanger provides the highest level of emergency care for critically ill or injured patients. Our 24/7 services range from highly specialized care from the region's only Level I trauma center — to lifesaving procedures from our Accredited Chest Pain Center and world-renowned rapid-response stroke team. No other hospital is more prepared for any emergency, or offers more to help our community receive the right care when the unexpected happens. We're proud these services have earned the confidence of an entire region — as your choice for “Best Emergency Room” in the 2016 “Best of the Best” awards from the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
Next Level Emergency and Trauma Services
- The region's only Level I trauma center, the highest level of adult trauma care available
- The region's only Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center (CRPC), functioning at the highest level of pediatric trauma care
- The region's only trauma, general and pediatric surgeons on duty 24/7 – with round-the-clock coverage for orthopedics, plastics and neurosurgery
- The region's only Level I accredited hyperbaric oxygen program available 24/7 for wound therapy
- The region's largest air ambulance fleet, LIFE FORCE, transporting patients from virtually anywhere within minutes
- The region's only academic emergency medicine and fellowship programs, training tomorrow's physicians in the latest techniques
- Certified emergency nurses who possess the knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet the highest standards of the nursing profession
The Mission of Catholic Health Initiatives is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.
We are guided by our Mission and Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.
- Reverence - A profound spirit of awe and respect for all of creation, shaping our relationship to self, one another and to God, and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.
- Integrity - Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as the basis of trustworthiness.
- Compassion - Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joy, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community. It is the heartfelt concern for the needs of others that compels us to respond. Compassion makes a difference you can feel.
- Excellence - Outstanding achievement, merit and virtue, continually surpassing standards to achieve and maintain quality.
CHI Memorial's Guerry Heart and Vascular Center performs more open-heart procedures than any other hospital in Chattanooga. Our experience lifts us above the ordinary as skilled surgeons, highly-trained staff, superior technology and patient support services combine for a mind-body-spirit care team that is second to none. All cardiac surgical procedures are performed at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.
CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS
The Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) to bypass blockage in a coronary artery is the most commonly performed open-heart procedure in the United States. Surgeons use segments of the patient's own veins and arteries to go around these blockages and deliver blood to the heart. CABGs have an overall success rate of almost 98 percent.
Valve damage is among the most common of heart problems. CHI Memorial offers patients the latest technologies for valve repair and valve replacement with success rates high above national averages. New, minimally-invasive techniques shorten hospital stays and recovery times.
TRANSCATHETER AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT (TAVR)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that enables a collapsible aortic heart valve to be placed inside the heart. During the procedure, the TAVR device is crimped down and placed into the body via a catheter that is inserted in the upper thigh or groin. Once it's delivered to the site of the patient's diseased valve, the device is expanded with a balloon and begins to work immediately.
To assess whether someone is a candidate for the transcatheter valve, patients with severe aortic valve disease are screened in CHI Memorial Hospital's Heart Valve Program. This program is directed by a team of specially trained cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and imaging cardiologists who review possible candidates to determine if TAVR is the best course of treatment for each individual patient. (I'd delete “the” in front of TAVR)
AORTIC ANEURYSM REPAIR
An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal enlargement or bulging of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, due to weakness in the vessel wall. CHI Memorial surgeons are skilled at replacing the weakened section of the thoracic aorta with a synthetic graft or tube to prevent the possibility of rupture and internal bleeding.
CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson participate in the following insurance plans. If you do not see your insurance plan below please contact us to verify as information is subject to change
Aetna – PPO, POS, EPO
Alliant Health Plans
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
BlueCard (out of state)
Humana – All except ChoicePOS
TriCare – Standard
TriCare for Life
Choice and Choice Plus
We accept all Medicare Supplements that are secondary to traditional Medicare
BlueCare Plus – DSNP
Community Plan Duals - DSNP
Mission and Values Statement
Kindred Healthcare's mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve.
The Value We Provide
Kindred Hospitals provide aggressive, specialized interdisciplinary care to medically complex patients who require extended recovery time.
- offer care to patients who are seriously ill with multiple medical problems. Many require ventilator management and weaning, pulmonary care, extensive wound care or dialysis, among other clinical services.
- provide care through an interdisciplinary team of physicians and clinicians who meet at least weekly to implement individualized treatment plans and protocols to achieve positive clinical outcomes.
- are staffed and equipped to rapidly respond to changes in medical condition.
- provide a caring and respectful hospital environment for all patients and families who require hope, healing and recovery.
At Kindred Healthcare, our community involvement is consistent with our company's principles and with our mission of customer service and quality care.
Through the Kindred Foundation, the company maximizes resources to support worthwhile community activities in three categories - healthcare-related charities, employee education and mission-related research - giving our nursing centers and hospitals the ability to participate at a higher level in non-profit organizations they already support in their communities across the United States.
We have focused our efforts on developing strong partnerships with three key healthcare-related, non-profit organizations that are closely aligned with our business - the Alzheimer's Association , the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association . These organizations have missions that are consistent with ours and through our involvement we can help them raise awareness about their important causes and aid these groups in funding research.
In 2012, Kindred became a National Corporate Team Partner of the American Lung Association. This partnership signifies Kindred's commitment to improving lung health for all Americans, and in advancing our shared goals. Through this partnership, Kindred Hospitals support the American Lung Association through participation in, fundraising for and sponsorship of their walks, cycling adventures and climbs around the country. We've always supported the Lung Association because their mission aligns so closely with ours, in improving lung health and preventing lung disease. This is important to the health of our patients, as well as the well-being of our employees.
We have committed dollar-for-dollar matching funds for the hospitals that participate in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Walk and for the hospitals and nursing centers that take part in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. The company also provides funds to each hospital to sponsor their local Fight for Air and Heart Walks.
Kindred is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen in every community we serve. We will nurture partnerships with these organizations and continue to grow our involvement.