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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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Doll donation to benefit program for abused children at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

DSC_0351When Dr. Church heard that Carol Cain was looking for good homes for the massive doll collection she and her mother had accumulated, the Children’s Hospital doctor asked if some of them could be donated to the sexually abused children treated at Children’s Hospital, as well as to the Children’s Advocacy Center. Ms. Cain was so moved by Dr. Church’s work with abused children that she donated her entire collection of 205 dolls to our hospital and CAC. “For the children to have something they can hold and hug after it’s all over – it can be a very positive influence that lasts beyond the clinic,” said Dr. Church, who serves on the CAC board. Members of the Cain family unloaded two truckloads of dolls when they arrived at Children’s Hospital.


Publix Super Markets in the Chattanooga area is encouraging customers to make a donation at the register for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The campaign will help provide needed treatment, services, equipment and charitable care to sick and injured children treated at Chattanooga’s only children’s hospital.

2013 marks the 21 years that Publix associates and customers will rally to help hospitals like Children’s Hospital at Erlanger through the purchase of $1, $3 and $5 icons at store checkouts. In addition to helping fund a variety of life-saving treatments and services, Publix customers can receive valuable in-store coupons as an incentive for their donation.

“No one understands the importance of local giving and impact better than Publix customers and employees, and no one is more deserving than children who enter a hospital for critical treatment,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “We’re thrilled that with new supermarket openings over the past year, Publix is now able to help 21 of our member hospitals, including Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, provide the absolute best in pediatric care.”

Visit to locate your nearest market and to help make miracles for kids this spring.

About Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
Children’s Hospital, part of the Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the region’s only Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, the highest designation in the state. Children’s Hospital has physicians in virtually every pediatric subspecialty and region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit provides the region’s highest level of care for premature and sick infants. Children’s Hospital is affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.

About Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 158,000 employees, with 2012 sales of $27.5 billion. Currently Publix has 1,069 supermarkets in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website,

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at


Erlanger Health System and Erlanger/Sodexo Food and Nutrition Services recently collected and donated the equivalent of 6.2 tons of nonperishable food and cash to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank during the annual 2013 Servathon Food Drive.

According to Jonathan Darling, General Manager of the Erlanger/Sodexo Food Services Department, $2,381.10 and 510 pounds of food were collected during the food drive. Erlanger employees and associates formed more than 20 teams for collecting the food and cash donations over a two-week period in May.

Darling presented the donations to Buck Gentry, Chief Financial Officer of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, at the close of the Servathon Campaign on May 22. “The Chattanooga Food Bank was very pleased and appreciative of the results. The donations will go a long way to providing food to over 20,000 local residents of Chattanooga who utilize the food bank each and every week,” Darling said.

Over the last six years, the annual Servathon Food Drive at Erlanger has resulted in the equivalent of 100,000 pounds of nonperishable food donations to the local Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

Photo captions:
Servathon photo 1:
Buck Gentry, left, Chief Financial Officer of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, accepts a $2,381.10 check from Jonathan Darling, General Manager of the Erlanger/Sodexo Food Service Department. The Erlanger/Sodexo annual Servathon Food Drive donated the equivalent of 6.2 tons of food and cash to the Chattanooga Food Bank.

Servathon photo 2:
Members of the Erlanger /Sodexo Food Service Department celebrate the success of the group’s 2013 Servathon Food Drive with Buck Gentry, Chief Financial Officer of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, left, and Jonathan Darling, General Manager of the Erlanger/Sodexo Food Service Department.

Registration is still open for Children’s Hospital “Cycle for Miracles”


Chattanooga, Tenn. – Even though early registration has past, local cycling enthusiasts and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger supporters still have an opportunity to participate in the inaugural Cycle for Miracles event at Enterprise South on Saturday, May 25 beginning at 8 a.m.

This year’s event is sure to please people of all cycling levels from a short 15-mile ride to a non competitive 30- or even 60-miles through flat and scenic terrain.

Just by registering for the event, all participants will be entered in two prize drawings. Two winners will either be rewarded a custom-fit M1 bicycle from Litespeed or a one-week bicycle trip for two in Ireland provided by BikeToursDirect.

Registration fees are now $40 for the 15-mile ride, $50 for the 30-mile ride and $60 for the 60-mile ride. Not only will those who register for the event be eligible for the generous donations, special incentives will also be available for those who go the extra mile to raise additional funds for Children’s Hospital. For $250, participants will receive a signature Children’s Hospital training jersey they can wear during the event. Other categories include access to VIP Miracle Team Tent or a chance to ride with some of the pro-cyclists who are joining us during Cycle for Miracles.

Contributions raised during the Cycle for Miracles event will go directly toward funding services at Children’s Hospital to care for sick and injured children in our region.

Children’s Hospital Foundation would like to thank the following for their support of Cycle of Miracles: USA Cycling, Volkswagen, United HealthCare, Outdoor Chattanooga, Litespeed Bicycles, BikesToursDirect, ScenicCity Multisport, WRCB-TV, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Capital Bank, TAC Air and Tazikis.

To participate in the event or to register for either the Litespeed bike or BikeToursDirect Ireland trip, go to To create or track participant’s fundraising efforts for Cycle for Miracles, please visit You can also call 423-778-2679 for more information.

 Both the 15- and 30-mile rides are incorporated into the 60-mile route.  There will be different turnarounds for those distances.

Both the 15- and 30-mile rides are incorporated into the 60-mile route. There will be different turnarounds for those distances.


Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival raises over $230,000

DragonBoats2013(1) bChattanooga, Tenn. – Despite Mother Nature’s decision to rain on one of the most exciting outdoor events in Chattanooga, participants in the Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival on May 4 did not seem to mind. They already had plans to get wet.

With over 1,000 participants, 51 teams raced in authentic 41-foot long Chinese boats at the Chickamauga Dam to compete for the fastest team in the region. Together, they raised over $230,000 for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

“We are very grateful for so many participants and spectators who came out in the cold and pouring rain to support the hospital’s mission,” said Ali Cobb, Erlanger Health System Foundations Annual Giving Director. “We have such a wonderful community that believes in our services and the medical care our staff provides every day to sick and injured children in our region.”

Congratulations to all the fundraisers and teams that participated. 

Click  2013 Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Race Results

Pediatric Paddlers from Children’s Hospital are getting pumped just before they hit the water.

Pediatric Paddlers from Children’s Hospital are getting pumped just before they hit the water.

Members from the EMJ/Signal Energy - The Rowing Stones team pose for a photo as they huddle under their groovy tent.

Members from the EMJ/Signal Energy – The Rowing Stones team pose for a photo as they huddle under their groovy tent.


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