Erlanger Planning To Add Additional Primary Care Practices

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Erlanger Health System is adding two additional primary care practices in communities officials said are "under-served" by the hospital.

One was listed as north of the Chattanooga main campus and another to the south.

Officials declined to list the exact practices, citing competitive advantages.

Both will involve 10-year leases. One is for $1,886,541 and the other for $1,275,903. 

President Kevin Spiegel said the individual practices may operate at a loss, but he said the practices are important to Erlanger for providing "revenue down stream." He also said it assures quality medical care for the communities.  

Erlanger reported a total net loss for the first quarter of the fiscal year of $2.57 million.

Admissions were slightly more than the prior year, but 11 percent under budget.

Officials said, "For the first quarter, the system hospital admissions remain strong." The quarterly surgical inpatient volume was 5.7 percent greater than prior year and 7.3 percent under budget.

Orthopedic inpatient surgeries were 8.9 percent greater than prior year and 7.4 percent less than budget.

Emergency room visits were 4.5 percent more than the prior year and 1.7 percent over budget.

Emergency room admissions were 16.8 percent more than the previous year.

Outpatient surgeries were 6.4 percent more than the prior year.


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