Erlanger Reports Few, Minor Injuries During USA Pro-Cycling Weekend; Charity Ride Raises Over $23,000 For Children’s Hospital

Friday, May 31, 2013

Erlanger Health System officials say the USA Pro-Cycling Championship events during the Memorial Day weekend were a big success on all fronts. 

 

Erlanger was a title sponsor for the national event, providing medical care to both athletes and spectators while also hosting a charity ride to support Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. 

 

Medical personnel for the cycling events included specialists from a multi-disciplinary team that included trauma, orthopedics, sports medicine, internal medicine and many more.  Medical team captains Dr. Chris Haddock and Dr. Danielle Mitchell reported two hand cyclists were treated for road rash on Saturday and three pro-cyclists were treated Monday during the road race.  Two were for minor injuries and one was triaged on the course and transported to Erlanger for further treatment.  Ten spectators also received medical care for minor heat-related and diabetic illnesses during the two-day event. 

 

Robbie Tester, medical team captain over spectators and general public said a USA cycling official told him he had never participated in a USA Cycling event that had better medical coverage.

 

The first Cycle for Miracles fundraising event to support Children’s Hospital was held before the USA Cycling Time Trails events on Saturday.  The Children’s Hospital Foundation raised over $23,000 from 160 participants and many more supporters of the event.  Andrew Woodward won the drawing for a custom bike from LiteSpeed and Keith Thompson won BikeToursDirect bicycle trip in Ireland.  Special recognition goes to Stephen Rucker, who was presented the “Most Courageous Fundraiser” jersey for raising $1,845, and to ContinuCare, raising the most money at $12,687.

 

“We would like to thank the medical staff, ContinuCare, LIFE FORCE, Children’s Hospital Foundations and everyone who helped in every way by participating, volunteering and supporting us to make the inaugural Children’s Hospital Cycle for Miracles a great success,” said Katie Jackson, Foundations event assistant.  “The money raised from this year’s event will go towards the Children’s Hospital room renovation project.” 

 

At the end of the weekend, Children’s Hospital officials also presented some very special jerseys to two deserving pro-cyclists.  The Children’s Hospital Most Courageous Jerseys were given Tayler Wiles (Murray, Utah/Specialized-lululemon) and Phil Gaimon (Athens, Ga./Bissell Pro Cycling) for their determination and athletic spirit during the races. 

 

For those who missed the Time Trials and Road Race competitions, NBC Sports Network has produced a one-hour recap show scheduled to air at 1 p.m. on Sunday. 


CHI Memorial Announces 2015-2016 Board Of Directors

CHI Memorial announces officers and members of the board of directors.  Sister Judith (Judy) Raley, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, has been named chair of the board of directors. Sr. Raley moved to Chattanooga in 1995 to provide spiritual care for patients, families and staff at CHI Memorial. As CHI Memorial’s senior vice president of Mission from 1996-2007, she led efforts ... (click for more)

Speech Therapy Helps MS Patient Go From Feeding Tube To Chocolate Pudding

Mashed potatoes never tasted so good. Thomas O’Donahue, a Hixson resident, has multiple sclerosis, and as a side effect, he had trouble swallowing properly. That trouble led him to several hospitalizations for pneumonia. After the last of these bouts, Mr. O’Donahue was on a feeding tube. “The doctor said everything went down the wrong way, said I’d never eat again,” ... (click for more)

Zaxby's To Go In Across From Bass Pro Shop At New I-75 Exit 1 Development In East Ridge

A new Zaxby's will be built across from Bass Pro Shop at I-75's Exit 1 in East Ridge, developer John Healy said Thursday night. He said other restaurants and hotels are also coming to the Jordan Crossing site at the entrance to Camp Jordan Park. Mr. Healy said he hopes to make a "significantly larger" announcement soon. The East Ridge City Council, at a special called meeting, ... (click for more)

Young Man Involved In Incident That Led To A Murder Gets Diversion, Praise For Testifying

A young man who was involved in an incident that led to a murder has been given diversion and praised for testifying against co-defendants. Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman said a conviction for facilitation of an aggravated robbery can be expunged if Dustin Hayes gets in no further trouble for six years. The judge said, "We wouldn't be dealing with 40 shootings a year ... (click for more)

The Silence Is Deafening - And Response

In this week’s news cycle we have the international uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion. In the same time most national news outlet refuse to even mention the undercover videos of so call doctors and technicians discussing the harvesting, processing and sale of human baby body parts.  The argument by those liberal, progressive Democrats has been that the “fetus” was ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: They Still Love The ‘Lickers’

When Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fl.) introduced the 2015 version of the “Prevent All Soring Tactics” in Congress this week, he already had a bipartisan crowd of 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats as co-sponsors. That’s hardly amazing. Today there are over 280 organizations, associations, veterinary and animal advocates who vehemently support the legislation, because it is well documented, ... (click for more)