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Kohl’s Safe and Sound Back-To-School Safety Fair takes place August 3

KC_K%20Stck%20CChattanooga, Tenn. – East Brainerd’s Kohl’s Department Store and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Safe and Sound Program are presenting a back-to-school safety fair on Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Kohl’s Department Store on Gunbarrel Road.

“We are extremely fortunate to partner with Kohl’s this time of year,” said Coy Ellis, Safe and Sound Program Coordinator.  “Since August 3 and 4 is the biggest weekend in Tennessee for back-to-school shopping, we thought it was imperative not only for Kohl’s to show their support to our community but also for Children’s Hospital to educate the community about various safety initiatives.” 

As children head back to school and the outside temperatures begin to drop, parents are faced with a new set of concerns when it comes to the safety of their children.  Some of the initiatives such as fire, pedestrian, bike, texting and driving safety will be demonstrated at the event by local police, fire and emergency personnel. 

“Not only is it important to educate families how to be safe, our other goal is to make sure they are having fun,” added Ellis.  “Volunteers from Kohl’s A-Team and Children’s Hospital will also be on site offering free activities such as cookie decorating, face painting and making crafts.” 

A check presentation from Kohl’s for $52,895 to Children’s Hospital representatives will take place approximately 11:30 a.m.  This year’s donation will go towards Children’s Hospital’s injury prevention program, Safe and Sound, to educate families about the importance of keeping their children safe with prevention tips and educational opportunities.

Erlanger Bledsoe Internal Medicine and Pediatrics reminds parents about annual physicals

Chattanooga, Tenn. – The beginning of the school year is just around the corner.  Have you scheduled an appointment for your child’s annual sports and school physical? 

Erlanger Bledsoe Internal Medicine and Pediatrics wants to remind parents it is not too late for a well-visit check-up.  Back-to-school check-ups include physical exam, reviewing family medical history, discussing behavior health, preventative medicine and updating the child’s vaccinations.  If you have recognized some changes in your child or have questions about his/her development, the annual physical visit is a good time to address those concerns with the provider. 

Not only pediatrics, but the practice offers medical services for the entire family.  In fact, it is never too late for adults to get a check-up as well.  Some parents may think it is more important for their child to be seen by a physician.  In reality, it is critical for parents and caretakers to also remain well. 

Nurse practitioner Pam Camp along with Jennifer Alvarez, M.D., Scott Dibrell, M.D., and David Sapp, M.D all specialize in pediatrics and adult care and are currently accepting new patients.  Services include comprehensive care ranging from wellness exams and sick visits to the management of chronic illnesses. 

Most insurance is accepted with either a physician office co-pay or $50 if not insured and collected at the time of the visit. 

Conveniently located in Pikeville, Tenn., at 71 Wheelertown Ave., Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital offers residents of the Cumberland Plateau communities radiology, full-service laboratory, inpatient and outpatient therapy, 24/7 emergency room, telemedicine to Erlanger Baroness Campus in Chattanooga, Tenn., on-site helipad to assist with transports and Sequatchie Valley’s only cardiac rehabilitation program

For more information or to schedule an appointment with any one of the internal medicine and pediatric providers, please call (423) 447-3524. 

Dr. Jennifer Alvarez

Dr. Jennifer Alvarez

Nurse Practitioner Pam Camp

Nurse Practitioner Pam Camp

Dr. Scott Dibrell

Dr. Scott Dibrell

Dr. David Sapp

Dr. David Sapp

Family keeps daughter’s memory alive by donating to Children’s Hospital

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Founders of the Christian Bryant Foundation recently visited T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger after providing much needed assistance to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Christian’s parents, Robyn and Chris, along with sister Bailey Bryant stopped by Children’s Hospital to visit some of the staff who cared for their daughter during her fight against cancer and talk to family members who are benefiting from the foundation’s donations. 

In the summer of 2011, Girls Preparatory School senior and cross county athlete Christian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  She and her family spent many days at the hospital through testing and chemotherapy treatments fighting to stay well and make it through remission.  Sadly, Christian passed away less than a year later.  But, thanks to her family, her legacy still lives on. 

The Bryant Family visited Children’s Hospital PICU after donating 11 new chairs to the waiting room and private rooms.  Pictured are (standing from left to right) Cheri Dodson, respiratory therapist; Liz Weber, nurse; Chris Bryan, father; Lori Atchley, charge nurse; Patrick Keagan, M.D.; and Kimberly Smith, nurse.  Seated in one of the chairs are (from left to right) Robyn Bryant, mother; and Bailey Bryant, sister.

The Bryant Family visited Children’s Hospital PICU after donating 11 new chairs to the waiting room and private rooms. Pictured are (standing from left to right) Cheri Dodson, respiratory therapist; Liz Weber, nurse; Chris Bryan, father; Lori Atchley, charge nurse; Patrick Keagan, M.D.; and Kimberly Smith, nurse. Seated in one of the chairs are (from left to right) Robyn Bryant, mother; and Bailey Bryant, sister.

Through the overwhelming hours in the PICU, the family realized Children’s Hospital had a need.  Something that would seem so minuscule to others would truly make a difference during a family’s stay.  After forming the foundation, the family was determined to raise money to purchase new chairs for the waiting room and private rooms in PICU.  Eleven chairs were delivered and ever since have made a dramatic difference to other families who hold bedside vigils for their seriously sick or injured child.   

The chairs were a welcome sight to Suzy Davis, a grandmother of a patient, who met Robyn during her visit.  “It sounds so silly to be so excited over a chair, but when you have been sitting or standing for so long, it is just nice to lay back and stretch out,”  said Suzy.  “I am touched they have turned their pain into something for other people.  It is the epitome of who they are.  My heart goes out to them.” 

Thanks to a generous contribution from GPS and McCallie schools, the Christian Bryant Foundation donated $6,000 to sponsor a research study in the Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Hospital.  Pictured are (standing from left to right) pediatric hematology and oncology specialists Manoo Bhakta, M.D., Jennifer Keates, M.D. and Avery Mixon, M.D.  Seated are (from left to right) Ashley Zani, child life specialist; Chris, Bailey and Robyn Bryant; and Debra Daniels, nurse.

Thanks to a generous contribution from GPS and McCallie schools, the Christian Bryant Foundation donated $6,000 to sponsor a research study in the Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Hospital. Pictured are (standing from left to right) pediatric hematology and oncology specialists Manoo Bhakta, M.D., Jennifer Keates, M.D. and Avery Mixon, M.D. Seated are (from left to right) Ashley Zani, child life specialist; Chris, Bailey and Robyn Bryant; and Debra Daniels, nurse.

The last stop for the Bryant Family during their visit to Children’s Hospital was the Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Center where they talked with staff and other family members. 

The Christian Bryant Foundation donation of $6,000 to the center was made possible by a gift from the GPS/McCallie Mission/Remission event.  Their fundraising efforts will offer patients the opportunity to participate in a research study led by the Children’s Oncology Group. 

“Neuropsychological, social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties are common in children and adolescents after diagnosis with cancer,” said Mrs. Bryant.  “These problems are caused by both the stress of battling cancer and direct effects from the necessary but aggressive treatments, and frequently inhibit patients’ coping, school performance, peer relationships, and ability to achieve their overall long term potential.” 

The research study, sponsored by the Christian Bryant Foundation, will allow patients to receive, free of charge, testing for the difficulties at three different times during their care at Children’s Hospital. 

“This systematic evaluation has the potential to identify problems earlier and direct patients to specific services for the help they need before a crisis occurs,” added Mrs. Bryant.  “This type of testing is not generally reimbursed by health insurance companies and would not be available to most regional patients without this research study.  The Christian Bryant Foundation is pleased to be able to support this critical research project. I know Christian would be pleased with this project and the fact that it will help children locally.”

Children’s Hospital representatives are extremely grateful for the Bryant’s generosity to provide support to its departments and the families whose love ones are treated at the hospital.  The memory of Christian will remain forever on the forefront as they continue to care for children who fight for their life everyday.

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Heatstroke Frequently Asked Questions


With 20 victims of heatstroke in 2013, a total well above 2012, Safe Kids is urging parents to educate themselves on heatstroke prevention. Below are some frequently asked heatstroke questions to help you recognize children in danger and safeguard your own children from this tragedy.

Q:  What is heatstroke?

A: Heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia, is a condition that occurs when the body isn’t able to cool itself quickly enough and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels.

Q:  What are symptoms of  heatstroke?

A:    Symptoms may include dizziness; disorientation; agitation; confusion; sluggishness; seizure; hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty; loss of consciousness; rapid heartbeat or hallucinations.

Q:  Why are children at such great risk in cars?    

A: Children are at great risk for heatstroke because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. When the body’s temperature reaches 104 degrees, the internal organs start to shut down. When it reaches 107 degrees, the child can die.

Q:  Why are we hearing so much about this now?

A: Safe Kids is working with partners around the country to raise awareness about this   preventable tragedy. When the sun is out, and even on cloudy days, the inside of a car can become much hotter than the temperature outside. In just 10 minutes a car can heat up 19 degrees. On an 80 degree day, the inside of a closed car can quickly exceed 100 degrees. Cracking a window does not help keep the inside of a car cool.

Q:  In what ways are children dying?     

A:  Children die as a result of being left unattended in a vehicle in one of three ways:

52% – child was “forgotten” by caregiver
29% – child was playing in an unattended vehicle and became trapped
18% – child was intentionally left alone

Q:  How many children die from heatstroke?    

A: Since 1998, more than 550 children across the United States have died from being trapped in a hot car. An average of 38 children die every year, and for every child who dies, hundreds more are rescued. It does not have to be hot outside for the car to heat up to a dangerous level. Light pouring through the windows of the car stays within the car and raises its temperature.

Q:  How can a driver be sure not to “forget” a child in a back seat?

A: The best way to remember a child is to leave something you will need at your next destination in the back seat. This could be a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cell phone or something else you always carry. You can set the alarm on your cell phone or computer calendar as a reminder to drop your child off at childcare.

Q:  Are there other dangers to unattended children in cars?    

A: Yes. Children can put a car in gear, wander away from the car or be kidnapped.

Q:  What should parents and caregivers do to protect kids from heatstroke?

A: The best thing to do is NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD ALONE IN A CAR – not even for a minute. Take your child with you when you leave the vehicle. People have been known to run into a store and lose track of time. It takes very little time for a child to be at great risk of death or injury when alone in a car. Make sure you make it clear to your babysitter that it is never okay to leave your child alone in a car.

Q:  Are  there  laws  about  this?    

A: Yes, 19 states have laws, but each state law is different. Some states may consider this action to be felony child neglect if a child is injured or killed. It is never safe for a child to be alone in a car. This happens to people of all races, social classes and professions. It can happen to you.

Q:  What should I do if I see a child alone in a car?

A: The best thing you can do is to call 911 (EMS) immediately. Wait by the vehicle so EMS can find you quickly. EMS personnel are trained to assess a situation and determine if the child is in danger. If you determine from outside the car that the child is severely impaired from outside the car, alert the 911 operator and follow directions. You may have to provide bystander care and remove the child from the car. 911 may direct you to slowly cool and lower the body temperature by using a cool water mist or wipes until help arrives.

Q:  What is meant by the term “near miss?”      

A: A near miss describes when a child who has been left alone in a hot car is rescued before the situation becomes fatal. This term does not include situations where a child gets locked inside of a car but has a caregiver outside, seeking immediate help. For every child who dies after being left alone in a hot car, hundreds more are near misses, even by the most conservative estimates.

Q: How do young children gain entry to a car?

A: Many kids gain entry into a car because the trunk or the doors are open. Parents should keep key fobs out of children’s reach. Once children get inside, they can be quickly overcome by heat and not know how to problem-solve and climb out. People with kids should check to be sure everyone is out of the car before they lock it and make sure the car is locked each and every time. People without kids should also lock their doors and trunks to keep neighborhood kids from climbing into their vehicles. If a child goes missing, always remember to check a pool FIRST, and then look in cars and trunks.  

Q: What can I do to help?

A: First, you can make a personal commitment to never leave your child alone in the car. Second, urge your community to do the same. You can share information by posting flyers at your child’s nursery, school, and local grocery or anywhere you can think of. You can also help spread the word by sharing information on your Facebook, Twitter or any other social media profiles.

Q:  Who is Safe Kids Worldwide?

A:  Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost 1 million children die of injuries each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the United States and with partners in 23 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 55 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at

Q:  What is Safe Kids doing  to prevent children from dying of heatstroke?       

A:  With support from the GM Foundation, Safe Kids’ national program “Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car” is raising awareness about the dangers of heatstroke. Safe Kids want everyone to ACT.

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

For more safety tips on heatstroke prevention visit the Safe Kids website

Erlanger opens new primary care office on Signal Mountain

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Health System now offers primary care for every family member in the Signal Mountain, Whitwell and Sequatchie County communities.

UT Erlanger Health & Wellness of Signal Mountain, located at 2600 Taft Highway, offers comprehensive care ranging from wellness exams and sick visits to the management of chronic illnesses. Services include lab, x-ray, EKG, spirometry, and treadmill testing.

Dr. Betsy Close

Dr. Betsy Close

Betsy Close, M.D., earned her medical degree from University of Tennessee College of Medicine and specializes in family medicine. Dr. Close also has experience working with primary care physicians on improving diabetes care in adults and educating diabetic children.

Nurse Practitioner Genna Barnett

Nurse Practitioner Genna Barnett

Genna Barnett, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner who specializes in primary care. She earned her Master and Bachelor degrees in nursing from the University of Memphis and has worked at Erlanger as a charge nurse, treating cardiac and geriatric patients.

Dr. John Cranwell

Dr. John Cranwell

Erlanger’s new practice will welcome John D. Cranwell, M.D. to the team on Monday, August 19. As a local primary care physician, who was a medical resident at Erlanger, Dr. Cranwell is returning to where it all began for him and providing medical care to area residents. He is no stranger to the Chattanooga medical community, having served as chief of department of medicine, hospital board member, medical executive committee member and a medical director of primary care.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of the three providers, please call (423) 778-9434.

Children’s Hospital Miracle Team Series partners with Waterfront Triathlon

Market Street Miracle Mile

Market Street Miracle Mile

Chattanooga, Tenn. – For the first time this year, Children’s Hospital Foundation will partner with the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon on July 14 at Riverfront Parkway for the second race in the Miracle Team Series.

“We had an excellent series kick off and first race this year at the Market Street Miracle Mile on June 22 at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza,” said Katie Jackson, Miracle Team Member and Erlanger Foundations Assistant. “So far, Miracle Team participants have raised over $2,000 for programs and services provided to sick and injured children during their stay at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital.”

It is not too late to register and participate in this year’s series. Participants have the option to register for the full triathlon or form a relay team of two or three people to complete the sporting event. By registering and fundraising $250 as a Miracle Team member at the July 14th Waterfront Triathlon, each athlete will receive a Children’s Hospital cycling jersey, Miracle Team visor, and additional race day perks.

To register for the Waterfront Triathlon, visit Online registration is open through July 10. By also registering as a participant in the Miracle Team at, athletes can create their own fundraising page and learn more about the Miracle Team Series, which also includes the Junior Cross Country Series in September and the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, Half Marathon and Junior Marathon in November. You can also contact Kaitlin Cook with Children’s Hospital Foundation by emailing or calling 423-778-3530.


Color Run raises funds for Children’s Hospital

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Chattanooga, Tenn. – Zoe’s Rainbow Dash, a family-friendly 5K color run, will be held on Thursday, July 4 at 8 a.m. around the perimeter of Hamilton Place Mall.  Partial proceeds from the event will benefit T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. 

Ten-year-old Zoe Madeline McDonough and her grandmother, Sue McDonough, were killed in a boating accident last summer. Their family created this color run in memory of the two.

Registration for the run is $40 for ages 13 years or older, $25 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5-years-old.  Teams of four or more members will receive a $5 discount off the race registration for each adult team member. 

 Representatives from Children’s Hospital Foundation are grateful to be a part of this event.  When participants register for the run, they can choose to donate their registration fee to Children’s Hospital.  Donations will go to the new patient room renovations. 

“Funds raised during this event will advance our healing projects and programs and, most importantly, will be giving children the gift of a healthy future,” said Kaitlin Cook, Erlanger Foundations Assistant.  “We look forward to everyone joining us on Fourth of July to celebrate the beautiful lives of Zoe and Sue.” 

For more information about the event, please visit  Visit to learn more about Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Twitter users are encouraged to tweet the following: Experience a rainbow of fun @RainbowZoesDash July 4 @HamiltonPlaceTN! #LifeIsSweet.


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