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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.

Recent high school graduate raises over $19,000 for Children’s Hospital

Yogi Anderson, Erlanger Foundation Major Gifts Officer; Cindy Rhodes, Children’s Hospital Administrator; and Alan Kohrt, M.D., Children’s Hospital Medical Director accept a check from Lauren Johnson as a donation for the Children’s Hospital patient rooms renovation.

Yogi Anderson, Erlanger Foundation Major Gifts Officer; Cindy Rhodes, Children’s Hospital Administrator; and Alan Kohrt, M.D., Children’s Hospital Medical Director accept a check from Lauren Johnson as a donation for the Children’s Hospital patient rooms renovation.

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Lauren Johnson, a 2013 valedictorian graduate from Baylor School, recently combined her interest in golf and charity work and raised over $19,000 for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. With support from Chattanooga Golf and County Club, Baylor School and golf team, and Children’s Hospital, Lauren organized the first Chattanooga for Children’s Hospital golf tournament.

When Lauren thought about her senior project, she knew she wanted to incorporate golf. She and her teammates won the state championships in 2009, 2010 and 2012. When it came to deciding what she wanted to support, it did not take her long to choose the Children’s Hospital room renovation project.

“Since my father is a physician, I would spend a lot of time at the hospital,” said Lauren. It moved me every time I thought about children staying over night in the hospital. As I was researching for my project, I saw the Children’s Hospital room renovation and loved the idea.”

The tournament was held at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club on April 29. Eighty-eight players participated with many more individuals supporting through donations.

“It is pretty noteworthy how Lauren was able to accomplish so much at the end of her senior year,” said Yogi Anderson, Major Gifts Officer for Erlanger Foundations. “Not only was she concentrating on her studies and becoming a valedictorian, she had AP exams, end-of-school-year activities, golf tournaments and graduation. It is remarkable that she also raised over $19,000 for our children’s hospital. We are so grateful for her tireless efforts and generous support.”

Lauren’s senior project won the Leadership Capstone Award from Baylor School. When asked about her recognition, she said she could not have done it without everyone’s assistance and support from MetalTek International, Tennessee Oncology, Blood Assurance, Raymond James, Chattanooga Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, Southeastern Spine and Dr. Jay Jolley, Hamico, Inc, Kelly Cars and Coca Cola.


Local Hyundai Dealer, Nelson Long; Dr. Jennifer Keates; Region Manager, Mark McClung; Dr. Manoo Bhakta; and other Hyundai representatives present $75,000 grant to Children's Hospital.

Local Hyundai Dealer, Nelson Long; Dr. Jennifer Keates; Region Manager, Mark McClung; Dr. Manoo Bhakta; and other Hyundai representatives during presentation of the $75,000 grant to Children’s Hospital.

Chattanooga, Tenn. – June 19, 2013 – Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and Chattanooga-area Hyundai dealers awarded a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger to develop Southeast Tennessee’s first Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Clinic. Dr. Jennifer Keates, a pediatric oncologist from Children’s Hospital, is one of 40 recipients of Hope On Wheels’ 2013 Hyundai Scholar Grant, which supports principal investigators known as Hyundai Scholars. Hyundai Scholars pursue research and implement clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.

Over the course of 2013, Hope On Wheels will donate $14 million to children’s hospitals nationwide through its Hyundai Scholar Grant and Hyundai Hope Grant programs. Celebrating its 15th year, Hope On Wheels will surpass $72 million in total donations to pediatric cancer research and programs since its inception in 1998.

Dr. Bhakta during handprint ceremony.

Dr. Bhakta during handprint ceremony.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of our local Hyundai dealers for allowing us to fulfill a much needed service to the cancer patients in our region,” said Dr. Manoo Bhakta, Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division Chief. “Approximately 45 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed and treated at Children’s Hospital each year, and we continue to treat and follow the patients’ progress throughout their teenage and adult years. This opportunity to create a Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Clinic will help support our program for years to come.”

“This grant from Hyundai will be an extension of my research to follow pediatric cancer patients throughout their care,” said Dr. Jennifer Keates, Assistant Clinical Professor and oncology specialist at Children’s Hospital. “My studies will help researchers understand how cancer treatments have lasting effects in children as they grow older while also providing solutions to improve education and treatments for future generations.”

Dr. Keates during handprint ceremony.

Dr. Keates during handprint ceremony.

The $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to the center will be officially presented during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at the hospital on Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. During the ceremony, Chattanooga-area children battling cancer will place their handprints dipped in colorful paint on a white 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels. Every Handprint Ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of children with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels’ community of supporters together.

“Hyundai and its dealers remain committed to helping children in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “We are dedicated to providing crucial research dollars that will lead to finding cures and better treatment protocols for these precious children impacted by cancer. While cure rates approach 80 percent for some forms of pediatric cancer, far too many children and families are devastated by the disease. We are proud of our 15-year milestone for Hyundai Hope On Wheels, and remain keenly aware that there is much more work to be done.”

Hope On Wheels builds public awareness about the importance of this cause and provides funds to nonprofit children’s hospitals across the U.S. for pediatric cancer research. The nonprofit is funded by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers. With every new vehicle sold in the U.S., Hyundai and its dealers make a contribution to Hope On Wheels.

A new Hope On Wheels program encourages the public to show its support and raise awareness by “Giving Hope a Hand.” To participate in the program, supporters can simply take a picture of their hand and post it on their social media pages using the hashtag #GiveHopeAHand.

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Nelson Long paints Misty Lacey’s hands for the handprint ceremony


Maurques Thompson

Maurques Thompson



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Sergio Velez


Melody Hudson


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Dr. Jennifer Keates, Dr. Manoo Bhakta, and Nelson Long

A video of the presentation can be viewed by clicking

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 U.S. dealers. At the end of its 15th year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will have awarded more than $72 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

The Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is Southeast Tennessee’s only accredited pediatric cancer center. The center is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, offering patients enrollment options in cancer treatment protocols, and providing a total care approach to all children diagnosed with cancer in the four-state region. Ninety-five percent of children in our region diagnosed with cancer receive treatment at our center, regardless of the ability to pay.

As the only medical center in the Chattanooga and tri-state region devoted solely to children, T.C. Thompson 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.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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Erlanger Earns Cycle IV Chest Pain Accreditation with PCI – What does that mean to you?

Patients who arrive at Erlanger’s Emergency Department complaining of chest pain or discomfort receive the immediate treatment necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible. Our state-of-the-art heart care works seamlessly with area emergency medical services and other departments to ensure you get the treatment you need during the critical early stages of a heart attack.

In recognition of Erlanger’s heart care services, Erlanger received the Cycle IV Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) on May 9, 2013. PCI is commonly known as angioplasty, a procedure used to treat narrowed arteries found in coronary heart disease. The Cycle IV accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, is the highest and most difficult level of certification to achieve. Erlanger is the first and only facility in the region to earn the Cycle IV accreditation.

To achieve the highest level of accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, Erlanger underwent a rigorous re-evaluation and refinement of heart care processes that integrate the industry’s best practices and newest standards into its cardiac care services.

Erlanger team members who works endlessly to ensure Erlanger provides superior cardiac care for patients in our community.

Erlanger team members who works endlessly to ensure Erlanger provides superior cardiac care for patients in our community.

Third Annual Jack’s Chattanoggins raises money for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

ChattanogginsChattanooga, Tenn. – It’s that time of year when the shears come out and the hair falls to raise money for pediatric oncology patients throughout the Chattanooga region. The third annual Jack’s Chattanoggins will take place on Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market.

This is the third year 14-year-old Jack Skowronnek will partner with the Children’s Hospital. Jack began shaving his head and raising awareness for pediatric cancer at just 10 years old after reading the book, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie. Since then, he has raised more than $60,000 to help children fight cancer. This year mark’s Jack’s fifth personal event.

Jack is hoping to raise $40,000 after raising $35,000 in 2012. All donations will support Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and help advance key projects such as the inpatient room renovations for oncology patients and programs like the Child Life Department. This year, more than 50 children in Chattanooga will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 95 percent of them will rely on the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger for treatment.

“This fundraiser is particularly special to Jack, as we remember Kennedy “The Warrior” Griffith who went to heaven on Dec. 18.” said Jack’s mother, Dawn Skowronnek. “We are continually humbled when families of cancer patients thank us for what we do for them. It’s truly amazing.”

This year’s event is presented by EPB and Fox 61 and supported by sponsors such as Brewer Media, Texas Roadhouse, Fantastic Sams, Chattanooga Roller Girls, Brix Nouveau Wine & Cheese Bar, Pure Sodaworks, L2 Images and Le Chef Amour’s Haute Cuisine.

“EPB is proud to support Jack’s Chattanoogins for the second year because 100 percent of the funds raised stay right here in our community helping to care for the children at Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Cancer,” said EBP community relations specialist, Hosea Pierce. “We believe in enhancing the quality of life in our community even if it’s one child at a time.”

The public is encouraged to sign up as a shavee and seek donations from their family and friends. Shavees will shave their head on June 9 in solidarity with the children who lose their hair during treatment. Those who prefer to keep their locks can help support a shavee by pledging financially.

For more information on Jack’s Chattanoggins and to register or donate, visit

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