Erlanger Spiritual Care Program Adds 2 Directors

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Keith Munford and Nancy Osborne
Keith Munford and Nancy Osborne

Erlanger Health System’s Spiritual Care program has expanded with the addition of Nancy Osborne as director of Erlanger’s Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services and Keith Munford as program director of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Prior to taking her role at Erlanger, Ms. Osborne served as clinical chaplain and Certified Educator at W.G. Hefner Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. There she helped in establish a clinical pastoral education center, as well as the Clinical Pastoral Education professional Advisory Committee.  Previously, she was director of chaplaincy and clinical pastoral education at Good Samaritan Society, University Specialty Center in Minneapolis, Mn. Ms. Osborne attended Wake Forest University for her undergraduate degree and received her Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“The diverse offerings and people in Erlanger’s Spiritual Care program allow them to connect with a variety of patients,” Ms. Osborne said. “I hope to continue to help patients and provide a needed resource to this community. Our education program plays an integral part which impacts communities beyond ours, and I want to offer guidance and mentorship to anyone who is interested in this path.”

Keith Munford is also a certified educator and previously served as a Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at Hospice of Chattanooga, as well as director of clinical services at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation. He received his undergraduate degree from Lee University, a Master of Arts from Church of God School of Theology and a Master of Divinity from Emory University.

“I am looking forward to working closely with the Clinical Pastoral Education students, Nancy Osborne, and others in the Erlanger Health System Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services,” said Mr. Munford. “My goal is to provide an outstanding educational program for students and ensuring the patients, family members and staff of Erlanger receives the best possible spiritual care.”

Erlanger has the only Clinical Pastoral Care education program in Chattanooga, Erlanger Spiritual Care services offer meditation, cancer support services, bereavement services and many other opportunities for care. For more information, call 423 778-7177.



Parkridge Health System Hosts Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion

Parkridge East Hospital will host a NICU reunion Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9-11 a.m. The carnival-themed event will celebrate the families who received care from their level III NICU.  “The babies we treat in our NICU are born prematurely – some as early as 24 weeks – or newborns that require special care,” said Christina Chadwick, director of the Parkridge East NICU. “We ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial Mobile Mammography Coach To Visit Chattanooga

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings at The Howard School, 2500 Market St., on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; and at Partners in Care, 5616 Brainerd Road in Brainerd, on Friday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. "All women should have one screening mammogram between the ages of 35-40. After age 40, a screening mammogram is recommended every ... (click for more)

Authorities Say Hixson Man Shot And Killed His 15-Year-Old Son On Saturday Night; Also Killed Family Dog

Authorities said a Hixson man shot and killed his 15-year-old son on Saturday night. A report says Mike McElrath, 46, a former Hamilton County jailer, who was found naked at a neighbor's house, also killed the family dog. County deputies responded at 10:24 p.m. to 1846 Cotter Road. The residents said there was a man on their front porch who said he was "butt naked" and said ... (click for more)

Gary Douglas, 25, Shot Early Sunday Morning; Dewayne Stanley, 24, Is Arrested

Gary Douglas, 25, was shot early Sunday morning, and Dewayne Stanley, 24, was arrested.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at approximately  3 a.m.   to a person shot on the 4700 block of Murray Lake Lane. Upon arrival, officers were able to locate Douglas, who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Investigators ... (click for more)

Harold Austin Was Hamilton County's Crown Jewel

My dear friend, longtime public servant, Mr. Harold Austin, will be greatly missed. He was with the state of Tennessee and Hamilton County for many years. Doyle Ray Marler * * * Harold Austin was Hamilton County’s crown jewel.   He was beloved by generations in municipal and state government. He knew so many involved in local, state, and federal roadway ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 90% Can’t Do Math

Friday’s newspaper headline blared, “Hamilton County Schools see dramatic growth in student performance” and that, my friend, is “fake news” at its finest. A better try might be, “90 Percent of Kids In Chattanooga Can’t Do Math.” Let’s face it: We know that a full 70 percent of 43,000 students in our public school system are not on track, this based on state test scores, and -- ... (click for more)