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Erlanger and emergency agencies partner with Hixson High School to promote seat belt use during mock crash

Photo taken by Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department.

Mock Crash:  Photo taken by Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department.

Chattanooga, Tenn. – As part of the Battle of the Belt state initiative and with the assistance of Erlanger Health System personnel and local emergency response agencies, a mock vehicular crash was conducted at Hixson High School to teach the importance of wearing a seatbelt while operating a vehicle. 

 Studies show only 68% of Americans wear seatbelts. According to officials with the region’s only and highest level trauma center at Erlanger, about 38% (or 6% increase from national statistics) of Erlanger patients sustaining injuries from vehicle accidents because they did not wear seatbelts. 

Research has proven the use of the lap and shoulder seatbelts can reduce the likelihood of fatal injury in front seat passengers by 45% and reduces the chance of moderate to critical injury by 50%.  So, after years of educating and state laws requiring drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts, how can the message be any louder?  The message is now directed to the children who watch their parents and the teens who are driving. 

The Battle of the Belt initiative begins with an unannounced seatbelt check at the high school to obtain a baseline of how many students, teachers and parents are wearing their seatbelts.  The students then implement a safety campaign to educate and conduct another unannounced seatbelt use check.  The results are sent to the state program coordinators with the school’s campaign information.  In the end, the hopes are people will be properly educated and increase their seatbelt use.  A win-win; in saving lives and a win for the school with the highest percentage of seatbelt use and best educational campaign. 

Thanks to Erlanger medical personnel, emergency response agencies such as the Hamilton County EMS, Chattanooga Fire Department and Hamilton County Sherriff’s Department and Hixson High School staff and students for their participation in this initiative and mock crash.  

 

Photo provided by Hixson High School

Mock Crash:  Photo provided by Hixson High School

Photo provided by Hixson High School.

Mock Crash: Photo provided by Hixson High School.

Photo taken by Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department.

Mock Crash: Photo taken by Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department.

Photo provided by Hixson High School

Mock Crash:  Photo provided by Hixson High School

Children’s Hospital Foundation acknowledges recent contributions

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Children’s Hospital Foundation would like to acknowledge area businesses and organizations for their support to raise money for sick and injured children who are treated at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. 

A small group of representatives from University of Tennessee Chattanooga fraternities and sororities recently visited Children’s Hospital to present a donation from proceeds raised during this school year’s Greek Show.  The college students raised almost $12,000 to go towards medical care for sick and injured children in the region.   

 

Pictured during the $11,912.66 check presentation are UTC student Andrew Sawyer, Greek Show Chair & IFC President; Hannah Burton, Chi Omega President; Matt Wigger, Sigma Chi President; Mollie Bosworth, Greek Show Chair; Megan Van Eaton, Alpha Delta Pi President; Cindy Rhodes, Children’s Hospital Administrator; and Dr. Alan Kohrt, Children’s Hospital CEO.

Pictured during the $11,912.66 check presentation are UTC student Andrew Sawyer, Greek Show Chair & IFC President; Hannah Burton, Chi Omega President; Matt Wigger, Sigma Chi President; Mollie Bosworth, Greek Show Chair; Megan Van Eaton, Alpha Delta Pi President; Cindy Rhodes, Children’s Hospital Administrator; and Dr. Alan Kohrt, Children’s Hospital CEO.

Area Publix stores participated in “Produce for Kids: Get Healthy, Give Hope” to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Locally, almost $600 was raised by associates and customers of Publix through this program.  This is in addition to last year’s balloon campaign which raised over $5,000.  Publix associates are looking forward to this year’s balloon campaign beginning May 22.  All the money raised in the region stays in the region by supporting medical care and treatment to patients at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. 

 

Publix district manager, Roger Hinckley, stopped by Children’s Hospital to present the check to Rebecca Brinkley, CMN Hospitals representative for Children’s Hospital, and take a tour of the hospital facilities and programs.

Publix district manager, Roger Hinckley, stopped by Children’s Hospital to present the check to Rebecca Brinkley, CMN Hospitals representative for Children’s Hospital, and take a tour of the hospital facilities and programs.

Children’s Hospital Foundation accepted $200 from local jewelry designer. Jonesy Wood.  Jonesy Wood Design hosted a trunk sale with donated profits from the sale going to Children’s Hospital.  Wood said she decided to do the fundraiser to benefit the hospital because her heart goes out to little ones who are sick and wanted to give back in any way possible. Seeing what families endure made it all too real when a close friend’s son became ill after birth and spent three weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital. 

 

Jonesy Wood stands with major gifts officer at Children’s Hospital, Yogi Anderson, and Claudia Pullen, friend and mother of 2014 Miracle Child, Conner Pullen.

Jonesy Wood stands with major gifts officer at Children’s Hospital, Yogi Anderson, and Claudia Pullen, friend and mother of 2014 Miracle Child, Conner Pullen.

 

Area Rite Aids raising funds for Children’s Hospital

riteaid-logoChattanooga, Tenn. – Beginning April 6, Rite Aid associates in 17 area stores will invite customers to purchase a $1 paper Miracle Balloon that will directly benefit Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital.

Customers who purchase a Miracle Balloon will receive $9 in coupon offers good for a variety of popular products sold at Rite Aid. Miracle Balloons will be available in all Rite Aid stores nationwide through May 24.

“Last year, our company raised a record-breaking $6.8 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the communities we serve,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president, chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Everyone at Rite Aid is extremely proud of our 20 year partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and I look forward to seeing our associates do all that they can to ensure our 20th campaign is one to remember.”

“Chattanooga area Rite Aid stores demonstrated a strong commitment to children in our community by raising approximately $5,000 for Children’s Hospital during last year’s spring campaign and aim to raise at least that much this year,” said Rebecca Brinkley, Children’s Hospital CMN Hospitals representative.

All donations raised by Rite Aid stay local, benefiting 95 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the communities Rite Aid serves, including Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals use the money raised by Rite Aid to provide critical care, purchase life-saving equipment, fund ground-breaking research and cover medical costs for uninsured or underinsured pediatric patients.

Participating area Rite Aid Stores include:

Chattanooga

2104 McCallie Avenue         

3569 Brainerd Road           

7354 East Brainerd Road       

4434 Highway 58              

3401 South Broad Street     

 

Cleveland

578 Paul Huff Pkwy Nw         

1805 Dalton Pike, Se         

2499 Keith Street       

 

Dalton

1320 Cleveland Highway       

 

Dayton

7941 Rhea County Hwy           

 

Dunlap

14978 Rankin Avenue           

 

East Ridge

4350 Ringgold Road           

 

Etowah

856 Highway 411 North        

 

Hixson

5441 Highway 153  

6300 Hixson Pike             

 

Red Bank

4038 Dayton Blvd             

 

Ooltewah

9415 Apison Pike, Suite 125

Vintage fashion show and tea supports Children’s Hospital

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Fashion items from days long gone are making a comeback to support Children’s Hospital at Erlanger during Vintage on View, Wednesday, April 2, from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Walden Club in downtown Chattanooga. 

During Vintage on View, guests will enjoy teas, coffee, wine, tea sandwiches, fruit and pastries as they view decorations by Mike Lees and local models displaying clothing from the 1920’s through the 1960’s.  Fashion items such as clothing, jewelry, and decorative items from private collections as well as vintage retailers will also be available to purchase.  Ladies and gentleman are invited to attend for the opportunity eat delicious food, hear live music by Robert Crabtree, add items to their own collection and register for door prizes.  Prizes will be awarded to ladies for the best vintage dressed. 

Co-chairs of the event, The Purple Lady (Sonia Young) and Debby Alper, and committee members; Carrie Kennedy, Amelia Sullivan, Kim Coulter, Finette Winer, Lynn Alsobrook, Mike Lees, Michelle Workman, Julie Taylor, Dee Hardin, Katie Jackson and Tracy Jarvis welcome back fashion model and writer, Kim Coulter, as this year’s moderator. 

Since graduating from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a BS degree in marketing, Coulter has lived and modeled in New York City for over 15 years where she learned about fashion, business, diet and exercise.  She has modeled for top designers and companies, worked with top photographers and stylists, and held positions such as corporate image consultant, fashion show producer, and fashion editor of CHATTER magazine.  Coulter’s experience includes advertising campaigns with LL Bean, Land’s End, Vanity Fair, and Danskin, television commercials, magazine articles and runway events. 

Tickets for Vintage on View are $75 per person and can be purchased by contacting the Children’s Hospital Foundation at 423-778-7373.  Deadline to reserve a seat is Friday, March 28.  Free parking will be available in the Republic Parking building from 3:30 p.m. until the end of the event. 

Proceeds will benefit pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital, the region’s only hospital devoted solely to children.  Children’s Hospital offers a full range of pediatric subspecialists, as well as a pediatric ER, ICU, and Level III neonatal intensive care unit, providing the highest level of care in the region for premature and sick infants.

Erlanger Health System Foundations would like to thank the following sponsors for making Vintage on View possible:  Miller Investments, First Tennessee Foundation, The Walden Club, Republic Parking and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Summer VolunTEEN applications now available

volunteerDo you know a student 15 to 18 years old who has a passion for the medical field or simply loves helping others? Erlanger is now accepting applications for their 2014 Summer VolunTEEN program. The program is available during the months of June and July. Application packets may be picked up from the Volunteer Services office, located on the 5th floor of Erlanger’s Medical Mall (979 E. 3rd Street), off of the B elevators. Students may also email Emilia Jones at emilia.jones@erlanger.org to request an application packet. Applicants must be 15 by June 1, 2014. Applications are due by Noon on Friday, April 11, 2014. Late applications cannot be accepted. If you have questions, please contact Emilia Jones at (423) 778-7892.

Erlanger Health System offers free weight loss seminar in Cleveland

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Erlanger Health System’s medical director of bariatric surgery, Chris Sanborn, M.D.

Erlanger Health System’s medical director of bariatric surgery, Chris Sanborn, M.D., will speak to area residents about the various solutions for encouraging and managing weight loss on Thursday, March 20 beginning at 6 p.m. at Fairfield Inn and Suites in Cleveland, Tenn. 

Obesity is a complex condition involving one’s eating habits, physical activity levels, heredity and socio-cultural norms. It can also lead to many life-threatening health problems, such as heart or lung disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, GERD, joint degeneration, hypertension, and many types of cancer.

Dr. Sanborn will discuss the number of options that are now available for those who are struggling with obesity.  One of the most recent developments in surgical weight loss is minimally-invasive robotic surgery, which allows the surgeon to perform the same procedures through very small incisions.  This process provides the advantages of fine motor skills from the surgeon and shorter recovery time for the patient.  He will also talk about the importance of having emotional, nutritional and medical support during and after weight loss. 

The staff at Erlanger Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center understands the challenges of weight loss and is dedicated to assisting with achieving lasting results.  Through both medical and surgical weight loss solutions, participants are provided with the support from a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, dietitians, psychologists and exercise physiologists. 

Find out if you are a candidate for surgical weight loss by attending this free event.  Registration is recommend by calling 423-778-LINK (5465), but walk-ins will also be accepted.  For more information, please visit www.erlanger.org/weightloss.

Children’s Hospital counts down to the 8th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

1794620_797340723625835_574410886_nChattanooga, Tenn. – On Saturday, May 3, dragons and warriors alike will descend on the TVA Park at Chickamauga Dam for a water war like no other.  The purpose of this popular Chattanooga boating battle is to benefit Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. 

Dating back more than 2,300 years, Dragon Boat racing features teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steerer in 41-foot long Chinese dragon boats, racing through the water to the finish line. Paddlers ages 15 and older at any skill and fitness levels can participate, making it the ultimate team building sport.2011 Dragon Boat

For the second year in a row, one of the region’s leading investment firms, Patten and Patten, Inc. is proud to present one of the area’s most exciting events.   

“We are extremely grateful and excited to have Patten and Patten, Inc as presenting sponsor, and we appreciate not only their financial support but their enthusiastic participation in the race,” said Yogi Anderson, Director of Development at Children’s Hospital Foundation.  “We cannot wait for this year’s event, and I encourage everyone to be a part of this fun-filled day to support Children’s Hospital.” 

It is not too late to register for the event. Corporate and community teams are encouraged to register their boat and a fundraising page by going to http://paddleforchildrenshospital.org.  Early bird registration lasts until April 1.  Boating registration is currently $750 for a company team or $700 for a community team.  The last day to register is April 26. 

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“Thanks to the paddlers’ and teams’ fundraising efforts, the real winners of this event are children who receive the medical care they need at Children’s Hospital,” said Katie Jackson, Annual Giving and Events Coordinator at the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

To better serve more than 40,000 children who come to the hospital this year, participants are asked to raise $4,000 per team or $190 per person in pledges. 

“That equals approximately a dime for every child who is treated annually at Children’s Hospital,” said Jackson.  “Proceeds go directly to the region’s only Children’s Hospital to help provide the necessary services for sick or injured children in our area.” 

Last year, paddlers from 53 teams raised more than $250,000 for Children’s Hospital.

Teams can decorate their tents, wear their dragon apparel and cheer throughout the races.  Top prizes will be awarded to the fastest teams and those raising the most money.

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Individuals interested in learning more about the event are encouraged to attend a kick-off meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Big River Grille & Brewing Works.  Race veterans and last year’s rookies will discuss their experiences and share tips on fundraising, team building and making race day a success.  The hospital’s 2014 Miracle Children and their families will also be on hand at this kick-off event to share their stories about how the region’s only pediatric hospital made a difference in their lives. 

To learn more about the kick-off event or the festival, please call or email Katie Jackson at 423-778-2679 or katie.jackson@erlanger.org or visit www.paddleforchildrenshospital.org.

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