Hutcheson Seeks Community Participants For Patient And Family Advisory Council

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hutcheson Medical Center is seeking community participants to form the hospital’s upcoming Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The council, which will be comprised of six patients and six hospital employees, will focus on patient and family involvement in issues relating to patient-provider relationships, safety, quality improvement, patient education, and other issues relevant to patient care. 

“I am pleased to announce the formation of Hutcheson’s Patient and Family Advisory Council,” said Farrell Hayes, President and CEO of Hutcheson. “Being the primary provider of health care in our community, we greatly appreciate our relationship with the communities we serve. The council will be composed of patients, family community leaders, and health care professionals. This is a great opportunity for the residents of Walker, Catoosa, and Dade counties to let us know what they expect and need from their community hospital.” 

The hospital will accept applications to serve on the council through August 5 and will interview candidates during the week of August 11. Those chosen for the council will be notified the week of August 18, and the hospital is targeting its inaugural council meeting to be held the week ofSeptember 8. 

Applications may be downloaded at https://www.hutcheson.org/latest-news/application-for-patient-family-advisory-council-pfac/ and completed applications may be submitted via fax to 706/858-2865 or via email to Donna Baggett, RN at dbaggett@hutcheson.org. For more information about the program, please contact Donna at 706/858-2299.


Supreme Court Decides Hospitals Cannot Maintain Liens After Bills Paid In Full

In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has decided that hospitals are required to release their hospital lien against a patient as soon as the patient and the patient’s insurance company have paid the full amount of the hospital charges. This lawsuit involves a common practice in the hospital industry. Hospitals charge uninsured patients more for the same services ... (click for more)

Help Offered For Tennesseans Suffering From Seasonal Affective Disorder

Based on national estimates, thousands of Tennesseans struggle through the cold and dreary winter season with feelings of prolonged sadness. For an estimated 4 to 6 percent of the population, winter brings about periods of fatigue and in some cases anxiety known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or (SAD).   The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services ... (click for more)

2 Suspects Sought In Armed Robbery At Highway 153 Long John Silver's

Police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery that happened Friday morning. At approximately  8:10  a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5317 Highway 153 for a robbery at the Long John Silver's.  Officers discovered that two black men, wearing hoodies and masks, entered the Long John Silver's and forced the assistant manager ... (click for more)

Fire Causes $30,000 In Damages At Scenic City Concrete

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a reported structure fire shortly after  10 p.m. Thursday  at Scenic City Concrete Pumping, at 2903 South Orchard Knob Ave. Captain Donny McMillian with Engine 9 said smoke was visible when the first firefighters arrived. Captain McMillian said the firefighters had to force their way through a locked gate and into the building, ... (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: God Bless Cathy & Co.

The secret to the whole thing is not getting caught but somebody at the Toys R Us store in Framingham, Mass., had a camera when Cathy O’Grady was very quietly paying off all the layaway balances at the popular location last week. The picture snaked its way onto social media sites and her friends quickly recognized the area’s most famous “layaway angel.” Then somebody in nearby ... (click for more)