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Special students in Bradley County receive bicycle helmets for tornado safety

Children from the Comprehensive Development Class at Waterville Elementary in Cleveland, Tenn. testing their bicycle helmets which were donated by Children’s Hospital so they will have extra protection during a tornado warning.  Pictured (from left to right) Noah Bishop, Jason Rahal, Chandler Gates, Andy Gutherie, Javonte Lazenby, Tyler Ruback, Luke Cook, Britney Wall, and Kaleigh Bass.

Children from the Comprehensive Development Class at Waterville Elementary in Cleveland, Tenn. testing their bicycle helmets which were donated by Children’s Hospital so they will have extra protection during a tornado warning. Pictured (from left to right) Noah Bishop, Jason Rahal, Chandler Gates, Andy Gutherie, Javonte Lazenby, Tyler Ruback, Luke Cook, Britney Wall, and Kaleigh Bass.

When the Safe and Sound Program at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger received a request for bicycle helmets for a Bradley County school, little did the staff know just how important the helmets would be for some very special students. 

 Several months ago, parents and teachers from Waterville Elementary paused to remember how very fortunate they were after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Several other schools and homes in the area were damaged by the storms, and children are still traumatized by signs of inclement weather.  However, some students can feel a little safer the next time there is a tornado warning at their school. 

 School nurses Reyne Pohl from Waterville Elementary and Dorothy Philips from Taylor Elementary had an idea that would eventually help protect special education students during a tornado warning. 

 “We have 27 students between the ages of five and ten years old who were unable to protect their heads with books like the other students in their school,” said Ms. Pohl.  “We did not have enough staff to help hold books over their heads during tornado drills, and they were left unprotected.” 

 The nurses contacted Cathy Jennings with the Children’s Hospital Ronald McDonald Care Mobile whose medical service outreach in Bradley County created a safety partnership between the school system and the hospital.  Coy Ellis, Children’s Hospital Safe and Sound Coordinator, was asked if Safe and Sound could donate bicycle helmets so the children could wear them during a tornado warning. 

 “We have a wonderful relationship with our regional outreach,” said Ms. Jennings.  “We uncovered a need, and it spoke volumes to see it answered so quickly.” 

 After the helmets were delivered, they were labeled with each student’s name.  When there is a warning, the student or teacher will go to the closet, retrieve the helmet, and make sure each helmet is snug on the child’s head. 

 “We labeled them with the child’s name so they will fit properly,” said Ms. Pohl.  “And, if something happens to the child, he or she can be easily identified.” 

 The children recently participated in a mini drill to test the new policy with the bicycle helmets.  The teachers and parents thought it was a huge success, and are extremely grateful for the support from Children’s Hospital. 

 “This was just one step further in keeping the children safe while at school,” said Ms. Pohl.

 “It was one of the most creative ideas we have heard in a long time,” said Mr. Ellis.  “I am looking forward to working with other schools in the region to provide this same service.”

Spectators welcome at 7th Annual Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival

dragon boat logo

Chattanooga, Tenn. – On Saturday, May 4, dragons and warriors alike will descend on the TVAPark at Chickamauga Dam for a water war like no other.  The purpose of this popular Chattanooga boating battle is to benefit Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.  

Every year, the Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival draws the attention of water enthusiasts and families alike to soak up the sights and sounds of friendly competition and community spirit.  Teams will decorate tents, wear dragon boat festival apparel and cheer throughout the day.  Spectators can watch all activities free, while children can enjoy a fun zone provided by PlayCore and Apex Inflatables.  Food from CiCi’s Pizza will also be available to purchase during the event.     

Dating back more than 2,300 years, Dragon Boat racing features teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steerer in 46-foot long Chinese dragon boats, which race to the finish line. Paddlers of all ages, skill and fitness levels can participate, making it the ultimate team building sport.  

This year’s presenting sponsor is Patten and Patten, Inc., one of the region’s leading investment firms.  Paddlers and fans can still donate to The Children’s Hospital Foundation at Erlanger by visiting www.paddleforchildrenshospital.org. This year’s goal is to raise more than $150,000.  

“Children’s Hospital Foundation works with the community to raise money to advance key projects and programs for patients and their families at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger,” says Ali Cobb, Director of Annual Giving for Erlanger Health System Foundations. “We are very thankful for the community’s support of this event and allowing us to provide the best care to our patients.”  

The success of the event would also not be possible without the dedication of many volunteers.  Individuals who want to provide support as a volunteer are encouraged to contact Kaitlin Cook at 423-778-3989 or e-mail Kaitlin.Cook@erlanger.org.

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. 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. 

Race Day Schedule – Saturday, May 4, 2013

TVA Park at Chickamauga Dam 

  • 8:00 AM: Opening Ceremonies
  • 8:05 AM: Brief Welcome and Thank You
  • 8:15 AM: History of Dragon Boat Racing and “Dotting of the Eye” Ceremony
  • 8:30 AM- 11:00 AM: Round 1 Races
  • 11:15 PM-12:00 PM: 100-meter Fundraising Race; Drummer’s Parade & Lunch Break
  • 12:00 PM- 2:30 PM: Round 2 Races
  • 2:45 PM- 3:30 PM: Round 3 Races
  • 3:30 PM: Awards/Closing Ceremony

 *All times are approximate and subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances

 

Disney Channel stars, Austin and Ally, visit patients at Children’s Hospital

    

Autumn Vance

Nine-year-old Autumn Vance made sure she called her friends when she found out about Ross and Laura’s visit at the hospital. Her grandmother said she is pretty sure they will be jealous.

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Two stars from the Disney Channel’s hit show Austin&Ally made a surprise appearance today visiting patients at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

Ross Lynch and Laura Marano play polar opposite characters, Austin Moon and Ally Dawson, as a singer/songwriter team who are trying to make it big in the music industry.

Their fun and charismatic personalities were a big hit with the patients and their families. As Ross and Laura visited each patient, they talked about their favorite cartoons, their own characters on the show and travels throughout the United States.

Shealeigh Brewer

Twelve-year-old Shealeigh Brewer, may be star struck but no one would have guessed it as Ross and Laura talk to her about their favorite episodes of Austin&Ally.

Twelve-year-old Shealeigh Brewer was so excited when the stars entered her room. “I am a huge fan and have seen all of your episodes,” she exclaimed. The three of them talk extensively about their favorite episodes. Shealeigh then asked Laura if the two are anything like their characters in real life. “I am a lot like Ally, but not as shy,” said Laura. “Ross says he is more mature than Austin.” Without revealing too much, Laura also let Shealeigh in on a little secret about an upcoming episode that will certainly surprise all their fans.

Ross and Laura’s visit was made possible by the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Kidz Expo. For more information on today’s event, please visit http://www.timesfreepress.com/site/kidzexpo/2013/faq.php.

 

:  It only took a few seconds for three-year-old Alianey Charles to find a way to open up to Ross and Laura after talking about pandas and giraffes.  With a camera in hand, they started taking pictures of themselves.

: It only took a few seconds for three-year-old Alianey Charles to find a way to open up to Ross and Laura after talking about pandas and giraffes. With a camera in hand, they started taking pictures of themselves.

Ross first wondered how he could even sit on a chair so small, but as he and four-year-old Tristan Young began playing with the train set, he had completely forgotten about the chair and enjoyed his time with Tristan.

Ross first wondered how he could even sit on a chair so small, but as he and four-year-old Tristan Young began playing with the train set, he had completely forgotten about the chair and enjoyed his time with Tristan.

Children’s Hospital gears up for “Cycle for Miracles”

Partnership with Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships

Chattanooga, Tenn. – This year’s Memorial Day weekend will bring thousands of cycling enthusiasts to Chattanooga to participate or watch U.S. cycling professionals during the national championships. Now, enthusiasts can go the extra mile by riding with some of the professional cyclists during the inaugural “Cycle for Miracles” at Enterprise South on Saturday, May 25 at 8 a.m.

Cyclists can participate in 15-, 30- or 60-mile rides, either as an individual or team, while raising money to support Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. All three rides are non-competitive with relatively flat and scenic terrain. Riders will also be eligible to win a VIP trip for two to the 2013 Tour de France with airfare and accommodations by BikeToursDirect, or a custom-fit M1 bicycle from Litespeed.

Early bird registration is open through April 30. Registration fees are $30 for the 15-mile, $40 for the 30-mile and $50 for the 60-mile rides. Beginning May 1 the registration fee will increase $10 for each distance until event day on May 25. Special incentives are also available for individuals who raise money for Children’s Hospital.

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 ensures caring for our smallest and most precious patients is our number one priority. We target specific projects, programs, and equipment to better serve our patients, and never turn down a family based on ability to pay,” said Katie Jackson McCrory, Development and Events Assistant. “We are so grateful for community support from events like this since it allows Children’s Hospital Foundation to continue funding innovative projects.”

Dr. Chris Haddock, a family medicine physician at Erlanger South and cycling enthusiast, is riding in support of the care his son received after birth and in the neonatal intensive care unit.

“Four years ago, Rachelle and I were blessed with the birth of our first son, Grady,” said Dr. Haddock. “The happiest day of our lives became one of the most agonizing after we found out he was born with a birth defect. Fortunately, the wonderful doctors, nurses and support staff at Children’s Hospital were able to quickly and decisively correct this defect. Following a week in the NICU, we were able to take him home and he has thrived ever since.”

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 and Chattanooga Times Free Press.

For more information on the event, fundraising opportunities, volunteering or sponsoring a racer, please call 423-778-2679 or visit http://www.cycleformiracles.org. To register for Cycle for Miracles, go to http://www.usacycling.org. You can also register to be a volunteer by going to https://www.edgereg.com/registration/event/999.

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Erlanger hosts free cardiovascular education and screenings during Dare to C.A.R.E

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Health System has partnered with a national non-profit organization, Dare to C.A.R.E, to provide cardiovascular disease education and screenings to residents in Chattanooga and surrounding communities on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Erlanger East campus on Gunbarrel Road.

Anyone who is over 50 years old or who is older than 40 with high risk criteria such as a person who smokes, suffers from diabetes, has high cholesterol and/or symptoms of peripheral vascular disease, should take advantage of this free event.

The goal for this program is to raise awareness of the devastating effects of cardiac and vascular disease and to decrease the number of incidences of stroke, ischemia and heart attacks in our communities. Board certified vascular surgeons, cardiologists and other healthcare providers will conduct mini lecture series and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in blood pressure readings, glucose/lipid screenings, extremity arteries measurements and carotid/aortic ultrasounds.

Registration is required for the lecture series and screenings. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465), Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to midnight, for more information and to pre-register.

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RaceWay Stores and Chattanooga Times Free Press raise money for Children’s Hospital

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Fifteen participating RaceWay stores and the Chattanooga Times Free Press are working together to not only quench your thirst for soda and the latest news, they are also raising money for children who receive medical care at the area’s only Children’s Hospital.

For $3.99, customers will receive a Children’s Hospital at Erlanger cup filled with any fountain drink and a newspaper. Every 89 cent refill with the same cup, Monday through Saturday now through the end of June, will also include a free newspaper. Two dollars from every cup purchase will go directly to the hospital to support the invaluable medical care that is provided to sick and injured children in our region.

Below is the list of participating stores.

898 Athens, TN
2505 Decatur Pike

837 Chattanooga, TN
2720 Rossville Blvd.

6843 Chattanooga, TN
405 Signal Mountain Rd.

6845 Chattanooga, TN
415 Amnicola Hwy.

6846 Chattanooga, TN
5455 Hixson Pike

6866 Chattanooga, TN
2528 Board St.

749 Cleveland, TN
1565 25th St. NW

6756 Hixson, TN
7019 Hwy. 153

843 Kimball, TN
141 Main St.

6723 Lookout Mountain, GA
707 Hwy. 299

930 Manchester, TN
2277 Hillsboro Blvd.

6758 Ooltewah, TN
9208 Lee Hwy.

880 Sweetwater, TN
243 Hwy. 68

939 Tullahoma, TN
2200 North Jackson St.

739 Whitwell, TN
13150 Hwy. 28

ABOUT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT ERLANGER
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.

ABOUT RACEWAY
RaceWay’s roots go back almost 80 years to 1934 when Carl Bolch, Sr. opened independent gas stations in St. Louis, Missouri, under the name Carl Bolch Trackside Stations. In 1959, he relocated and acquired the Oil Well Company of Opp, Alabama, which consisted of numerous independent stores located, for the most part, in rural areas of Alabama. These stores and the ones opened after them evolved into the early RaceWay concept: full-service stores opened in conjunction with small grocery stores. In 1967, Carl Bolch, Jr. joined the company in Montgomery, Alabama. He expanded the company’s geography throughout the South and into Texas on the newly constructed interstate system and pioneered the concept of self-service gasoline in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The company relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 1976, and in 1979 adopted the brand “RaceTrac” for its company-operated stores. Today, the RaceWay brand has grown to almost 300 stores across 12 states in the Southeastern United States.

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Kyra McGowan – Children’s Hospital at Erlanger’s March Miracle Kid

2-year old Kyra McGowan

2-year old Kyra McGowan

Kyra McGowan
Age: 2 years old
Diagnosis: Prematurity at 27 weeks gestation, Birth Weight 1lb 9 ounces
Parents: Brian and Nichole McGowan
Hometown: Signal Mountain, TN

Kyra McGowan was delivered on November 24, 2010 at 27 weeks gestation due to her mother, Nichole’s, high blood pressure associated with preeclampsia. While Kyra went to the NICU, her mother, Nichole, went to the ICU where she spent a month in a coma, walking again for the first time on Christmas Eve. Brian found himself going between his wife and daughter during the visiting hours of both units. Meanwhile, Kyra struggled to get enough oxygen, going back and forth from a C-Pap to a ventilator. In February, she became more ill and it was possible that she might even need to be on a heart and lung machine. Kyra’s parents thought they were going to lose their daughter. But Kyra is a fighter and was able to go home with oxygen on April 6, 2011. Though Kyra continues to utilize some of Children’s Therapy Services, she is an energetic 2 year old who loves anything musical.

Give in honor of Kyra and the 2013 Miracle Kids today at https://www.erlangerfoundations.org/giving/give-here

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