Hospital Charges

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Erlanger's New Chief Operating Officer Says Other Hospitals Turn Patients Away When They Can't Pay

It seems the blame game has started, "Not my fault." When I was a small child and wanted to go somewhere and my mom said no, I would make the case by saying everyone else is going. My mom would counter, tell me who and I will talk to their parents.

I have always had a great admiration for Erlanger, but I also will ask which hospitals are doing this or is it an excuse. Charges without substance have always been sour grapes. This charge is too important to hide behind "some are and a lot of..."I have a hard time believing someone when they make public charges and then do not name names and the facts.

Please, Mr. Brooks, when you make charges please name names so patients may make a sound choice of hospitals. One thing you can do is make the facts public about Erlanger being fined $40 million and paid to the U.S. government with no explanation.

You have taken on a gigantic task in your new job and I am sure you investigated the details before accepting. Erlanger and our citizens could use someone that stands up, speaks the truth and name names no matter the fallout, but I guess that is wishful thinking. Oh, well, maybe someday.

N.D. Kennedy Sr.


Good Discussions About Education

I had the pleasure to represent Tennessee PTA at the National PTA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. I want to thank Senator Bob Corker for allowing me to speak about education and school safety to his legislative assistant. We had a good discussion about common sense school safety measures and about supporting family education. In particular, I asked for support about ... (click for more)

Can Anyone Say Who's Relieving Themselves At Downtown Establishments?

Roy, as usual you run first without getting all the facts. I've known several people, even relatives, who work or have worked at downtown restaurants or other places of business. It's not unusual for them to happen upon some individual, not a beggar or homeless person, while taking out trash or going outside on a break, spraying the side of a restaurant wall while relieving themselves, ... (click for more)

Strong Wave Of Storms Could Bring Possibility Of Tornadoes, Large Hail

The National Weather Service is warning that a strong line of storms moving into the Chattanooga area on Monday could bring the possibility of tornadoes and large hail. The storm will cause temperatures to drop on Tuesday and Wednesday into the 30s. Here is the special weather statement: THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS THE PLATEAU, PARTS ... (click for more)

North Carolina Corporation Resubmits Rezoning Request For 38,000-Square-Foot Grocery Store On Signal

Undeterred by the standing-room-only crowds who turned out last year to oppose its proposal to build a 38,000-square-foot supermarket directly across Taft Highway from Signal’s longtime hometown grocery, a North Carolina-based corporation has resubmitted its rezoning request.   This time around, however, the Keith Corp. (TKC) isn’t asking that the entire 8.25 ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Wins Wildcat Classic Again

Early season prep baseball tournaments are meant for a few things; primarily competition, repetition, and learning a few things about your team over the course of a few games.   The Ooltewah Owl baseball nine apparently has learned it likes collecting championship trophies in them as well.   For the second year in a row, the Owls won the longstanding ... (click for more)

Lady Vols Fall To Oregon State, 66-59, In 2nd Round Of NCAA's

KNOXVILLE-- Senior center Mercedes Russell logged her 46th career double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead Tennessee, but it wasn't enough as the No. 12/13 Lady Vols (25-8) fell to No. 13/12 Oregon State (25-7) in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Freshman Anastasia Hayes also had a double-digit outing for the No. 3 seed Lady Vols, posting ... (click for more)