Chattanooga, Tenn. – Clowns from the Alhambra Shrine Circus toured patient rooms and performed a special skit in the play area at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger today.
The clown unit’s visit was in preparation for the 50th Anniversary Alhambra Shrine Circus. The Alhambra Shriners host the circus to promote their mission of caring for sick and injured children and to raise funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Local children who are critically burned or experience neuromusculoskeletal conditions benefit from their generosity through air or ground transportation to the hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio where they receive specialized care.
The circus will take place October 11-14 at Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge, Tenn.. Visit www.alhambrashrine.com/circus.htm for more information.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Owens for being named Erlanger Health System’s September Gold Class Employee of the Month. “Elizabeth was very touched by the story of Keoshia Ford, the young girl in our community who had been shot by a gang member’s bullet. Elizabeth brought the story to the attention of her team and collected diapers, saline ointment, gauze, and other personal care items for this family. The team also donated over $200. Elizabeth delivered the money and supplies to the church for Keoshia’s family.” Elizabeth’s actions reflected Erlanger’s core values of honesty, excellence, appreciation, respect, and trust.
Pictured are: Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson; Erlanger President and CEO; Elizabeth Owen, Pharmacist; Joy Longley, Pharmacy Director; and Lynn Whisman, Chief Operating and Chief Nursing Officer.
The Erlanger Diversity Network recently hosted both a salsa contest for Hispanic Heritage Month and a Cultural Awareness Month event in the Erlanger Medical Mall.
Multicultural Awareness Day
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Bradley Central High School students have access to medical services, consultations and referrals for specialized needs through a partnership with the region’s only Children’s Hospital.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger general pediatrician, Melissa Hamp, M.D., specializes in adolescent medicine and serves as medical oversight at the school-based clinic. Students who experience minor ailments and need prescriptions or advice on over-the-counter medications are encouraged to visit the clinic. They may also receive consultation on health conditions or obtain referrals for other specialists or sources. Well check-ups and sports physicals are available for students who are considering after-school fitness activities.
Numerous studies have proven school-based medical clinics reduce inappropriate emergency room use and Medicaid expenditures among high school students. Clinics also attract harder-to-reach populations who need medical services. Their accessibility has improved health among young adults, leading to an increase in school attendance and decrease in absenteeism and tardiness. Many students who seek counseling for depression and weight concerns find the clinics are beneficial by providing suggestions for healthier lifestyles.
The Bradley Central High School clinic is open Mondays from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the school nurse’s office. Insurance is not required to receive medical care. However, some services have a minimal fee or are covered with a co-pay under the student’s or parents’/guardian’s medical insurance. Walk-ins are accepted and appointments are requested for sports physicals. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (423) 322-3433.
The Bradley Central High School program is proudly sponsored by Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, SkyRidge Medical Center, United Way, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Tennessee Coordinated School Health.
When Trevor was just 4 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Trevor is now in remission and is in maintenance treatment, which includes coming to the pediatric oncology clinic every week for blood work and chemotherapy every 12 weeks. He also takes chemo by mouth every night at home. He will continue with this treatment until April 2014. Trevor will go to kindergarten next year and loves video games, ninjas, cowboys and sports. “The whole thing just puts life in a new perspective, said Kelli, Trevor’s mom. “You see what a true blessing Trevor is.”
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Officials at Erlanger Bledsoe are pleased to announce the addition of Jeanie Dassow, M.D. and Theodore Tsaltas, M.D. to the UT Erlanger Women’s Health Specialists office in Pikeville, Tenn.
Dr. Dassow and Dr. Tsaltas are both graduates from Washington University Medical School. Dr. Dassow is a specialist in pediatric and adolescent gynecology along with premenopausal syndrome and menopause. Dr. Tsaltas specializes in minimally invasive surgery, abnormal uterine bleeding, sonography, pre-term labor, fetal and maternal physiology and with other gynecological conditions.
With the assistance from both of these physicians, UT Erlanger Women’s Health Specialists now provides a comprehensive gynecology and obstetric care for women of all ages in Bledsoe and surrounding counties. Their skills and training rounds out the practice’s broad scope of obstetric care which includes specialists in high-risk obstetrics as well as the diagnosis and treatment of full-range women’s health problems.
Their new office is located at the Erlanger Bledsoe Campus on 121 Wheelertown Avenue. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 423-778-2580.