Hutcheson Hosts Community Health Fair At Fuller Cancer Center

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hutcheson Medical Center hosted a community health fair Thursday at the hospital’s Fuller Cancer Center on Battlefield Parkway in Catoosa County. The event featured free preventative wellness screenings for skin cancer, prostate cancer, peripheral vascular disease, lung function, wound care, and lab testing for glucose and cholesterol.

“We wanted to host a community event that focused on preventative health,” said Farrell Hayes, president and CEO of Hutcheson. “For so many medical issues, catching the condition early can make the difference between prevention versus lifelong, chronic treatment.

” Mr. Hayes stated that 83 local residents attended the event. Of those, 19 patients were screened positive for suspicious skin cancer lesions, three screened positive for abnormal nodules in the prostate, and two screened positive for signs of peripheral vascular disease. All patients with positive screens were referred to specialists for immediate follow-up, and the hospital will notify patients of abnormal glucose and cholesterol results once lab analysis is completed.

The event is the first of the quarterly community health fairs Hutcheson has planned over the next 12 months. The hospital has upcoming fairs on October 7 at Trenton Family Practice, February 3 in the hospital’s main lobby, and May 5 at Physician’s Family Care in Lafayette. “We will be hosting them throughout our service area of Walker, Dade, and Catoosa,” said Mr. Hayes. “We want to make attending a free preventative screening as convenient as possible for the residents we serve.”

"The health fair initiative is just one of many progressive steps the hospital is taking under the leadership of GB Health Management, a Chattanooga-based health care management and consulting firm founded by Mike Aiken, MD. Under the direction of Aiken and Hayes, the hospital has seen a 10% increase in patient volume and acuity over the past month and steady growth during the past week," officials said.

“We are very pleased with the positive direction of Hutcheson,” said Mr. Aiken. “Hospitals typically see a decrease in volume during the summer months due to the seasonality of illnesses like influenza. In comparison, our volumes are up and we are encouraged by our growth. If we take into account the normal 10% drop hospitals experience during this time of year, we’ve had an effective 20% growth rate over the past month. To me, that means that the community has faith in our ability to deliver quality healthcare right here at home.”      

Morning Pointe Seniors Appreciate The Small Beauties Found In Life

Ooltewah Nursery’s mounds of brilliant Impatiens grabbed the attention of residents of The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence in Collegedale.   The residents just had to stop and take in the bountiful beauty.   Resident Emma Johnson said this is the best outing she’s ever taken. (click for more)

Alexander: Rushing Stage 3 Rule Of Electronic Health Records Program A “Disservice To More Than 500,000 Doctors, Thousands Of Hospitals And Millions Of Patients”

The chairman of the Senate health committee Tuesday said that in rushing its rule for the third stage of the electronic health records program, the administration “is doing a disservice to more than 500,000 doctors, thousands of hospitals, and millions of patients.” Chairman Lamar Alexander said: “Instead of taking the time to get the stage 3 rule right, they’ve rushed ahead ... (click for more)

Gannett Buys Memphis Commercial Appeal, Knoxville News-Sentinel, Other Newspapers

The Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Knoxville News-Sentinel are among 15 daily newspapers acquired Wednesday by Gannett, which already owns the Nashville Tennessean. That leaves the Chattanooga Times Free Press as the only large daily print newspaper in Tennessee not owned by Gannett, which is also the parent of USA Today. The $280 million purchase from Milwaukee-based ... (click for more)

Haslam Stops By Chattanooga Volkswagen; Says Tennessee "Married" To Troubled Automaker; SUV Line Still Set To Go Forward

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam spoke Wednesday after a mass team meeting with Volkswagen management and workers in an attempt to reassure Chattanoogans that local production is still on schedule and that his office still trusts that the Chattanooga plant is a solid long-term investment, despite the company's ongoing emissions scandal.   He said that legislation have ... (click for more)

Erlanger Settlement Understandable, But Disgusting

Re: Erlanger Reaches Settlement With Former CEO Understandable from a legal liability standpoint but disgusting non the less. Gus Bryan (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Unfortunate Sentence

There was a most unfortunate line in a recent email written to me and, in retrospect, I should not have included it in some examples of the huge response regarding the bicycle lanes now being installed on Broad Street. I’ll admit I misread the line because I feel certain I know what the writer was trying to convey. As a matter of fact, I received enough of an outcry I want to clarify ... (click for more)