Erlanger Emergency Services Fueled By Generous Volkswagen Gift

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Those present during the transfer of free diesel fuel from Volkswagen to Erlanger were, from left to right, Everett Pierce, VP of Business Development from Marion Environmental, Inc.; Rick Griffith, Erlanger Health System Central Engineering Plant operator mechanic; Marc Thomas, Erlanger Health System engineering manager; Anthony Najm, Volkswagen Group of America Electrical planning specialist; and Thomas Gallant, VP Operations from Marion Environmental, Inc.
Those present during the transfer of free diesel fuel from Volkswagen to Erlanger were, from left to right, Everett Pierce, VP of Business Development from Marion Environmental, Inc.; Rick Griffith, Erlanger Health System Central Engineering Plant operator mechanic; Marc Thomas, Erlanger Health System engineering manager; Anthony Najm, Volkswagen Group of America Electrical planning specialist; and Thomas Gallant, VP Operations from Marion Environmental, Inc.

It was a win-win for both Volkswagen Chattanooga and the region’s trauma center when officials with the local automotive plant donated 2300 gallons of diesel fuel to the Erlanger Health System. The donated fuel will be used as an emergency back-up source at Erlanger in the event of a major power outage.

For a recent maintenance check, Volkswagen engineers had to remove more than 2000 gallons of fuel, and due to company policy were not allowed to use it for cars anymore. The question was what to do with the fuel. 

“We are very pleased that this diesel fuel was usable by Erlanger for their back-up generators,” said Guenther Scherelis, general manager for Communications at Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Erlanger’s service to the community is invaluable, and we are pleased that we can help our partners in this way.”

Erlanger and Volkswagen Chattanooga have partnered in the Erlanger at Volkswagen Drive near-site clinic, which serves the general public in the Bonny Oaks area as well as Volkswagen team members.

After Erlanger gratefully accepted the offer of free fuel, Anthony Najm, Electrical Planning specialist for Volkswagen Chattanooga, contacted officials with Marion Environmental, Inc., in Chattanooga who offered to transport the donated fuel from the local Volkswagen plant to the Erlanger Baroness Campus free of charge. 

Representatives from all three organizations were present when 2,300 gallons of diesel fuel were transferred to Erlanger’s fuel supply plant. 

“This will be used to help fuel our emergency generators, and enable Erlanger to maintain our life and safety support system,” said Erlanger engineering manager Marc Thomas, noting that the hospital maintains a supply of oil for disaster preparedness, but that the new supply “certainly represents a cost-savings and keeps us from having to purchase more in the near future.” 

“The use of back-up generators is extremely important to a level one trauma center such as Erlanger,” said Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, Erlanger president and CEO. “When a disaster strikes, we must be in a position to serve the community immediately and effectively – and certainly to have a back-up power source.  We cannot thank Volkswagen enough for making this generous offer and donation.”

 


Erlanger Offers Classes And Events For June 1-4

Erlanger offers online childbirth education class.  The online class is an easy-to-understand interactive program that includes more than 70 videos, animated illustrations, downloadable PDF files, review quizzes and information specific to Erlanger East and Erlanger Baroness birthing services.  By choosing the online childbirth program, participants will have access to ... (click for more)

Blonds Vs. Brunettes Raises $13,800 For Alzheimer's Research

Blondes reigned victorious on the field at the Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game at Girls Preparatory School.  Off the field, the teams united in an effort to raise funds and increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among a new generation. Together, Blondes vs. Brunettes raised more than $13,000 for Alzheimer's care, support and research programs. ... (click for more)

Unexpected Amount East Ridge Owes On Fire Hall Property Rises To $603,000; City To Apply For Reimbursement

The unexpected amount the city of East Ridge will owe the state on the fire hall property in connection with the Bass Pro development has risen to $603,000. Earlier, East Ridge officials said the payment would be $428,000. City Manager Andrew Hyatt said Monday, "The Tennessee Department of Transportation notified the city of East Ridge that an appraisal of the city’s former ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At House Off Highway 58

A fire broke out on Memorial Day afternoon at a house off Highway 58. A 911 call was made at 12:10 p.m. reporting a house fire at 6019 Hillcrest Dr. The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and found fire showing on an addition to the house. Firefighters worked quickly entering the addition to extinguish the fire from spreading to the main level of the house. ... (click for more)

A Memorial Day Reflection

I wish I could find that combination of words that would capture an inclusive meaning of Memorial Day.  I have attended many Memorial Day programs at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, so many that now they have merged into one memory.  But what stands out is that each year there are more friends and veterans to visit.  Some gave their all many years ago.  And ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Keep Your ‘Dirty’ Feed

Mark Twain once observed the difference in a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives. You might remember that when you hear that a group of Tennessee Walking Horse trainers just donated two tons of horse feed “to aid and assist in the rehabilitation” of 55 horses that were rescued from deplorable conditions at a West Tennessee farm. The truth is that the horses were taken ... (click for more)