Third Nationally Certified Asthma Educator Places Covenant In Elite Category

Thursday, April 03, 2014
Leigh Anne Calhoun, MSN, FNP-C, AE-C
Leigh Anne Calhoun, MSN, FNP-C, AE-C

Leigh Anne Calhoun, MSN, FNP-C, AE-C, and Deb Palmer, RN, AE-C, were recently named Asthma Educator Certified making Covenant Allergy & Asthma Care the only allergy and asthma practice in Chattanooga and north Georgia to have three staff members with this recognition. They completed the rigorous certification process and met all of the requirements of the National Asthma Educator Certification Board. They join Gwen Carlton, DNP, FNP, AE-C, who is also a national certified asthma educator.

“Covenant Allergy & Asthma Care continues to invest in our staff so that we can provide the very best care for our patients,” said Susan Raschal, DO, board-certified allergist at Covenant.

“The certification process to become a National Asthma Educator is extremely difficult. However, this, coupled with our allergy/asthma specific electronic health record software, will allow us to deliver national guideline-based care to our patients in a state-of-the-art, efficient manner.”

The mission of the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) is to promote optimal asthma management and quality of life among individuals with asthma, their families and communities, by advancing excellence in asthma education through the certified asthma educator process. The NAECB develops and implements qualifications/standards, as well as a certification examination for Asthma Educators on a national level. Outcome studies to evaluate the effectiveness of education by a Certified Asthma Educator will be performed to assess the benefit of this process and to help guide the re-certification process.

The NAECB process follows the successful models and standards of the Canadian Network for Asthma Care and its Certified Asthma Educator, the National Certification Board of
Diabetes Educators and its Certified Diabetes Educator; The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, standards for Certification Programs and the National Organization for Competence Assurance.

For more information about asthma and asthma care, contact Covenant Allergy & Asthma Care at 423.468.3267 or visit www.covenantallergy.com.

Deb Palmer, RN, AE-C
Deb Palmer, RN, AE-C

Tennessee Human Rights Commission Releases Status Of Human Rights In Tennessee Report

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission released The Status of Human Rights in Tennessee Report on Friday at the commission board meeting. The Status of Human Rights Report is a compilation of testimony from the Spring 2014 hearings conducted in Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis. The testimony presents current issues, trends best practices,programs, possible solutions, ... (click for more)

Mark Crago Joins CHI Memorial Medical Group

CHI Memorial Medical Group announced that Mark Crago, M.D. has joined CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates Ooltewah. Dr. Crago is a graduate   Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD. He completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. "We are pleased to welcome Dr. Crago," said Nicholas G. Economides, M.D., vice president and physician ... (click for more)

10-Year-Old Boy Seriously Injured In Attack By Pit Bull At His Home In Sale Creek

A 10-year-old boy suffered serious injuries when he was attacked by a Pit Bull on Thanksgiving Day morning. At approximately 10:12 a.m. deputies were called to 175 Daugherty Ferry Road regarding  a report of a dog attack on a child.  On arrival the Sale Creek Fire Department found the child on the front porch of the residence.  The child’s father said ... (click for more)

Alecia Driggins Faces Multiple Charges After Robbery And Hit-And-Run In East Ridge

East Ridge Police arrived on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the East Ridge Flea Market at 6725 Ringgold Road in response to a reported pedestrian struck and hit and run incident. Once on the scene, police determined that the incident was actually a robbery. The victim advised police that a white woman claiming to be a police officer grabbed her purse and attempted to flee ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful 2014

Over 40 years ago I was a young sports writer when I came up with the notion of setting daily things aside, just for one day, and writing about why “I Am Thankful.” Every Thanksgiving I come up with my list and it is as much about me as it is about my gratitude for all things great and small. I can’t imagine approaching this day in any other way. Here we go … I AM THANKFUL for ... (click for more)