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Erlanger’s newborns send messages to moms during Heart Month

New-born babies at Erlanger Baroness nursery look fashionable with their red hats before they are returned to their mothers.

New-born babies at Erlanger Baroness nursery look fashionable with their red hats before they are returned to their mothers.

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Two Erlanger Health System cardiac rehabilitation nurses recently educated new mothers on the importance of heart health in a most unusual way.

To create more awareness for heart disease – particularly women and heart disease – Debbie Croft and Dee Clark crafted tiny red caps for newborns at Erlanger East and Baroness campuses during the first few days in February. The red caps were placed on the newborns in the nursery, and the babies were returned to their mothers’ rooms with this message:

Dear Mommy,
I’m wearing this cute little red hat to remind you to love your heart like you love me. Heart Disease is the number one killer of women. So please take care of your heart because I’m gonna need you a long time.
Love, Your Baby, Official Sponsor Newborns Go Red for Women

Both Debbie and Dee enjoy crafts as a leisure activity and share a passion for caring for Erlanger cardiac patients. The pair combined their two interests – cardiac education and crafting – during National Heart Month to produce a meaningful message for new moms and the adorable red caps for the newborns.

Two small red hats show the craft work of Erlanger cardiac rehabilitation nurses, Dee Clark and Debbie Croft.

Two small red hats show the craft work of Erlanger cardiac rehabilitation nurses, Dee Clark and Debbie Croft.


Sticky Fingers celebrates business’ birthday by raising money for Children’s Hospital

picture 2Sticky Fingers is celebrating its 20th birthday, and the barbeque restaurant located at Hamilton Place Mall is providing customers the opportunity to give a big present to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

While customers enjoy some of the restaurant’s award winning barbecue now through March 29, they will have the opportunity to donate to the Children’s Hospital Foundation by adding any cash amount to their food receipt or dropping cash or a check in the collection box at the register. When they donate, they will be eligible to sign Sticky Fingers’ giant birthday card. This year’s goal is to raise $4,000 for Children’s Hospital.

All the money donated to Children’s Hospital will support the invaluable medical care that is provided to sick and injured children in our region. As the only medical center in the Chattanooga and tri-state region devoted solely to children, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger provides the best in children’s healthcare by viewing the world from a unique perspective of children and understanding what they need. Children’s Hospital is a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, the highest designation in the state for pediatrics. The 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.


Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Sticky Fingers is a unique barbecue smokehouse concept with 16 locations in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. Sticky Fingers specializes in high quality barbecue and comfort food and offers five signature barbecue sauces – Memphis Original, Carolina Classic, Tennessee Whiskey, Carolina Sweet and Habañero Hot. In addition to its core restaurant business, the company has generated successful catering, online mail order and retail barbecue sauce businesses. Sticky Fingers offers monthly specials and updates through its StickEClub. For Sticky Fingers locations, menu, takeout, barbecue sauces, online shipping, recipes and more, visit


Tips for staying safe during inclement weather

Icicles and Falling Snow
Both Children’s Hospital and Erlanger emergency rooms see similar injuries during winter weather – the leading cause being injuries related to falls. These injuries can range from broken bones, fractures, head injuries and/or lacerations. Injuries to limbs or internal organs can also happen when people are more “adventurous” and are not careful or observant in their surroundings. Serious cases such as traumatic injuries have been due to car accidents during inclement weather.

Below are some reminders or suggestions for safety and health during inclement winter weather.

  • Avoid Ice - Walking on ice is extremely dangerous. Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered sidewalks, steps, driveways, and porches. Keep your steps and walkways as free of ice as possible by using rock salt or another chemical de-icing compound. Sand may also be used on walkways to reduce the risk of slipping.
  • Listen to weather forecasts.
  • If at all possible bring your pets indoors.
  • Many homes will be too cold if there is a loss in power. Make sure you have plenty of blankets and layers of clothes to keep you warm.
  • Remember space heaters and fireplaces increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly, stay dry and work slowly.
  • Avoid walking on ice. Falls are the number one reason for injuries no matter what season.
  • It is best to stay off the roads during an ice storm. If you have to drive, avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.
  • Never pour water on your windshield to remove ice, shattering may occur.
  • If the power goes out and you need to use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters, make sure they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak fuel or gas into the indoor air space.
  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors—the fumes are deadly.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Keep as much heat as possible inside your home. Do not leave doors or windows open.
  • Check the temperature in your home often during cold weather.
  • In below freezing temperatures, leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously. This will help prevent your pipes from freezing.


Local IHOPs batter up for Children’s Hospital

IHOPChattanooga, Tenn. – Batter up, breakfast lovers!  IHOP®, one of America’s most popular family-friendly restaurants, known for “everything you love about breakfast,” will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary during National Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country, including five local restaurants in Hixson, Cleveland, Fort Oglethorpe, Dalton and Brainerd, will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.  One hundred percent of the donations will help provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children in our region.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s MiracleNetworkHospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s MiracleNetworkHospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal. We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Participating restaurants will display the balloons in celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30-year anniversary. Those who buy a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off discount that can be credited toward their next visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit

Erlanger Emergency Services Fueled by Generous Volkswagen Gift

Those present during the transfer of free diesel fuel from Volkswagen to Erlanger are, L to R, Everett Pierce, VP of Business Development from Marion Environmental, Inc.; Rick Griffith, Erlanger Health System Central Engineering Plant Operator Mechanic; Marc Thomas, Erlanger Health System Engineering Manager; Anthony Najm, Volkswagen Group of America Electrical Planning Specialist; and Thomas Gallant, VP Operations from Marion Environmental, Inc.

Those present during the transfer of free diesel fuel from Volkswagen to Erlanger are, L to R, Everett Pierce, VP of Business Development from Marion Environmental, Inc.; Rick Griffith, Erlanger Health System Central Engineering Plant Operator Mechanic; Marc Thomas, Erlanger Health System Engineering Manager; Anthony Najm, Volkswagen Group of America Electrical Planning Specialist; and Thomas Gallant, VP Operations from Marion Environmental, Inc.

Chattanooga, Tenn. – It was a win-win for both Volkswagen Chattanooga and the region’s trauma center when officials with the local automotive plant recently donated 2300 gallons of diesel fuel to the Erlanger Health System. The donated fuel will be used as an emergency back-up source at Erlanger in the event of a major power outage.

For a recent maintenance check Volkswagen engineers had to remove more than 2000 gallons of fuel, and due to company policy were not allowed to use it for cars anymore. The question was what to do with the fuel.  

“We are very pleased that this diesel fuel was usable by Erlanger for their back-up generators,” said Guenther Scherelis, General Manager for Communications at Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Erlanger’s service to the community is invaluable, and we are pleased that we can help our partners in this way.”

Erlanger and Volkswagen Chattanooga have partnered in the Erlanger at Volkswagen Drive near-site clinic, which serves the general public in the Bonny Oaks area as well as Volkswagen team members.

After Erlanger gratefully accepted the offer of free fuel, Anthony Najm, Electrical Planning Specialist for Volkswagen Chattanooga, contacted officials with Marion Environmental, Inc in Chattanooga who offered to transport the donated fuel from the local Volkswagen plant to the Erlanger Baroness Campus free of charge. 

Representatives from all three organizations were present when 2,300 gallons of diesel fuel were transferred to Erlanger’s fuel supply plant. 

“This will be used to help fuel our emergency generators, and enable Erlanger to maintain our life and safety support system,” said Erlanger engineering manager Marc Thomas, noting that the hospital maintains a supply of oil for disaster preparedness, but that the new supply “certainly represents a cost-savings and keeps us from having to purchase more in the near future.” 

“The use of back-up generators is extremely important to a Level One Trauma Center such as Erlanger,” said Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, Erlanger President and CEO.  “When a disaster strikes, we must be in a position to serve the community immediately and effectively – and certainly to have a back-up power source.  We cannot thank Volkswagen enough for making this generous offer and donation.”

Erlanger hosts Heart Smart Saturday


Chattanooga, Tenn. – Join UT Erlanger Cardiology and Erlanger’s Heart and Vascular Services as they present Heart Smart Saturday on February 2 from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Erlanger at Volkswagen Drive.

Some of the region’s top experts who will speak at the event include UT Erlanger Cardiology members L. Kendrick Mills, M.D., Walter L. Few, M.D., and J. Carter Hemphill, M.D. along with vascular disease specialist Sachin Phade, M.D.  Participants will learn about women and heart disease, screening for heart disease, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease.

Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings from 7 till 8:30 a.m.  A free heart healthy lunch will be provided along with information from special exhibits.

The event is free, and registration is required.  Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465), Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for more information and to pre-register.


Children’s Hospital opens registration for the 7th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

2011 Dragon BoatChattanooga, Tenn. – Registration is now open for one of the most exciting events on the water, the 7th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. 

 On Saturday, May 4, dragons and warriors alike will descend to the TVA Park at Chickamauga Dam for a water war like no other to benefit Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. 

Dating back more than 2,300 years, Dragon Boat racing features teams of 20 paddlers with a drummer and a steerer in an authentic 41-foot long Chinese dragon boat, racing to the finish line on a body of water.  Paddlers of all ages, skill and fitness levels can participate, making it the ultimate team building sport.

It may be cold outside, but now is the time to form your team and register with the Children’s Hospital Foundation.  New this year, corporate and community teams can register online for a boat and a fundraising page by going to

Participants are encouraged to raise $3,600 per team or $172 per person in pledges; approximately ten cents for every child who is treated annually at Children’s Hospital.  During last year’s event, paddlers from 53 teams raised $150,000 for the hospital. 

Each team will have one on-water practice prior to the event and compete in at least two heats on race day. Teams will then race in qualifying heats for the title of Grand Champion. Teams can also decorate their tents, wear their dragon apparel and cheer throughout the races.

Top prizes will be awarded to the fastest teams and the teams who raise the most money, but the real winners are the children treated at the hospital.

To learn more about the Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival, visit or call 423-778-3989. 



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