Longtime Erlanger Trustee Russell King Stepping Down

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Longtime Erlanger Hospital trustee Russell King on Wednesday said he is stepping down.

Attorney King noted that under the new Erlanger bill that the chancellors will no longer have an appointment.

He sent this letter to Chancellors Howell Peoples (ret.), Frank Brown and Jeff Atherton:

Dear Chancellors:

It was a distinct honor and high privilege that you asked me to serve and to continue to serve as the Chancery Court’s appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Hamilton County Hospital Authority which, of course, is responsible for the operation of Erlanger Medical Center and T.
C. Thompson’s Childrens’ Hospital, among other facilities.  It is no secret that I am very passionate about Erlanger and its unique mission of providing health care to all our area citizens, regardless of the sick or injured person’s ability to pay, and am greatly honored to have been a small part of such a wonderful medical center for so many years.  Your support means very much to me, and you always encouraged me to exercise my best judgment in serving on the board. 

Your understanding and appreciation of Erlanger’s critical role in not only providing health care to everyone, and also providing numerous specialty services, provided at Erlanger and no where else, has been outstanding.  Just as critical, Erlanger is training more and more of our doctors and other health care providers in our area because of Erlanger’s affiliation with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.  A great majority of doctors practicing in this area either trained at Erlanger or are involved in the teaching program.  That number increases every year.

The Board of Trustees is currently in transition because of recent changes in the Authority Act.  I believe that the Board should be modernized in several ways, and strongly support our Legislative Delegation’s continuing efforts to improve the governing structure. The most recent change will reduce the number of  Board members, and simultaneously eliminates the Chancery Court’s appointment.  Historically you have made excellent appointments to the Board (present appointment excluded!) but I do believe the Board of Trustees should become self-perpetuating and that the governance model should become a 501(c)3 model to allow the Hospital Authority to pursue initiatives that are crucial to Erlanger’s ability not only to “survive” but to thrive in the rapidly changing health care environment.

Thank you again for your support and confidence in me, and more importantly, for your support for Erlanger.  In keeping with the intentions of the new legislation and motivated by the belief that the new legislation should be implemented as soon as possible, I am submitting my resignation from the Board effective immediately.

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, JEROME DEAN 859 GLADES ROAD EATONTON, 31024 48 Chattanooga DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVERS TO EXERCISE DUE CARE OPEN CONTAINER LAW ALEXANDER, JOHNNY L 817 EAST 49TH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37410 46 Chattanooga DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE REGISTRATION, EXPIRED ... (click for more)

Man Stabbed On Woodland View Circle In Domestic Dispute

A man was stabbed on Woodland View Circle on Saturday morning. At 9:40 a.m., Chattanooga Police were dispatched to 5201 Woodland View Circle on a person stabbed. P olice found a man suffering from a stab wound. The v ictim was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The s uspect left the scene in a gold-colored vehicle. A t ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Manger Scene Stays!

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation struck the tiny town of Jay, Fla., earlier this month, the town mayor had a life-sized Nativity scene that had been displayed every Christmas for the past 40 years taken down and sold as “city surplus.” But in Alabama, things are different. When the foundation tried the same thing in Rainbow City, Ala., more people than all those who live ... (click for more)

McCallie Claims Own Mat Title with Depth

  With no champions, yet good depth, host McCallie won the 34 th annual McCallie Wrestling Invitational Tournament Saturday with 223 points followed by runner-up Union Grove (196) and third place Cleveland (186.5) in the 27-team field. In winning a record eighth team title, McCallie had runners-up in James Westbrooks (126) and Brock Herring (132), plus three thirds and ... (click for more)

Hawks Defeat Riverdale, 55-43, For Rhea Title

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. – Hamilton Heights had a chance to win the boys and girls title in the Rhea County Holiday Hoops tournament Saturday night. The Hawks delivered. The Lady Hawks came up short. Once-beaten Hamilton Heights, getting pivotal back-to-back 3-pointers by Silas Adheke and Joan Duran in the final two minutes and sterling efforts by Ezekiel Balogun and Abdulhakim ... (click for more)