Erlanger's Chest Pain Center has been renamed to honor Dr. Francis M. Fesmire, beloved Erlanger emergency room physician who died suddenly on Jan. 31.
The renaming took place at a meeting of the Hospital Authority Board of Trustees on Thursday night.
His widow, Connie Fesmire, was on hand for the ceremony.
His colleagues stood by the podium as the resolution was read.
It notes that Dr. Fesmire was a nationally-recognized expert in the study of myocardial infarction.
He researched and authored countless academic articles and developed clinical guidelines on the standard of care in the treatment of patients suffering from suspected heart attacks.
Dr. Fesmire's approaches in ruling out myocardial infarction, referred to as the Erlanger Chest Pain Protocol, are nationally recognized and have been adopted by many leading medical institutions throughout the U.S.
Dr. Fesmire also mentored generations of paramedics, medical students, residents, fellows and faculty through his academic service as a professor and clinical research director of the emergency medicine residency program of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
He served as medical director of Erlanger's Chest Pain Center for many years.