UTCOM Chattanooga Gains Emergency Medicine Residency Program

First Class Of Residents To Begin Training In July

Monday, February 25, 2008

UT College of Medicine Chattanooga announced Monday that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and its Emergency Medicine Residency Review Committee approved the addition of the Emergency Medicine Residency program based at the Erlanger Baroness Campus.

The program will be the first emergency medicine residency program within the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, which consists of campuses in Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville, and will be led by program director and chief of emergency medicine at Erlanger, Dr. James Creel.

It is the second such program in the state, officials said.

“We are honored to announce the addition of the emergency medicine residency program at UTCOM Chattanooga,” Dr. David Seaberg, dean of UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, said. “The program is not only essential in providing University of Tennessee medical students with the opportunity to pursue emergency medicine training but it is also important the to have trained, board-certified emergency physicians available to staff the emergency departments across the state. This approval is another step in the growth of our academic medical center and will help improve the care of our patients in the Chattanooga area.”

The three-year program, to begin in July, will consist of six residents at each level, a total of 18 residents when the program reaches its maturity.

Program director and chief of emergency medicine at Erlanger, Dr. James Creel said, “This program is a great addition to UTCOM Chattanooga and Erlanger and it is a program that will continue to give back to the city, the state, and the region by sending out well-trained board-certified emergency medicine physicians to area emergency rooms when they’ve completed their training.”

According to Erlanger President and CEO Jim Brexler, “The continued expansion of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Erlanger is good news for this region. Last fiscal year, Erlanger saw more than 100,000 patients in our emergency departments, a new record. With the oversight of experienced emergency medicine physicians, the doctors entering this new program will immediately contribute to the care of patients while they prepare for their future careers.”

UTCOM Chattanooga, established in 1974 as the Clinical Education Center of Chattanooga, is affiliated with Erlanger Health System.


Parkridge Health System Dropping Inpatient Medical Care And Surgical Services At Parkridge West At Jasper, Tn.

Parkridge Health System will discontinue providing inpatient medical care and surgical services at Parkridge West at Jasper, Tn., effective April 6.  Parkridge West will continue to offer 24-hour emergency services, outpatient imaging and laboratory services, and Mountainview Treatment Center will continue to serve inpatient adult behavioral health patients.  Officials ... (click for more)

Aledade Partners With Qsource To Create Primary Care Physician-Led ACO In Tennessee

Maryland-based Aledade, Inc. has announced a partnership with Qsource to help independent primary care physicians in Tennessee form and operate an Accountable Care Organization. Aledade partners with independent doctors to create and run ACOs, networks of physicians who band together to deliver coordinated care to patients.  They operate under a payment structure that rewards ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Sunday Morning Blaze

A Chattanooga family was getting ready for church Sunday morning when they heard a loud pop on the back side of the house. The pop they heard was apparently a window busting from intense flames on the outside of the house. Larry Erskine, his wife Nicole, and their two-year-old daughter got out of the house without injuries and called 911.  The Chattanooga Fire Department ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To 2 Kitchen Fires

Chattanooga firefighters responded to two kitchen fires within the past 24 hours. The first one occurred Saturday morning at 3116 15th Ave.  Captain Joey Smith with Engine 5 said the firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen area. The lone occupant got out of the house safely. The dollar loss was estimated at $15,000. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental, ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Needs To Grow Up - And Response

RE:  Finley Stadium Financial Picture Rosy; Beer And Alcohol Sales Approved; AstroTurf Almost Ready and City, County Pitching In $250,000 Each For New Finley Stadium AstroTurf I read a story here five days ago about a rosy future for Finley stadium. It lead me to believe that the stadium was making money and even improvements with donations.  Then we get a short ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sunday Funnies

They say March roars in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. So as you reach for your lambs-wool sweater on this last Sunday of the month, allow me to lighten up a bit with a new edition of my Sunday Funnies. I have a delightful crowd that keeps me supplied in jokes and these are some of the best that have come my way: A WOMAN'S PERFECT BREAKFAST -- She's sitting at the table ... (click for more)