Erlanger To Honor Dr. Francis Fesmire, Dr. Mack Worthington, Dr. Larry Schlabach And JoAnne Favors At 2019 Dinner Of Distinction

Friday, January 4, 2019

Dr. Mack Worthington, Dr. Larry Schlabach, JoAnne Favors and the late Dr. Francis Fesmire will be honored at the Erlanger Health System Foundations annual “Dinner of Distinction” on Jan. 18. This is the 16th year for Erlanger’s annual recognition event, which is being held at the Westin Hotel, from 5:30 until 9 p.m. 
 
Drs. Worthington, Schlabach and Fesmire were selected by previous Dinner of Distinction honorees and will be recognized for their "enduring commitment to foster quality medical services to this community, as well as for demonstrating unquestionable character and human compassion."  Additional criteria used to choose honorees includes: a person who has contributed a lifetime of medical benefit to the community and a person committed to the healing mission and values of Erlanger Health System. 
 
Dr.
Schlabach is a board certified oncologist and partner with University Oncology and Hematology Associates who began his career in 1983 as a medical student at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Oh. Upon completing his fellowship in oncology at the University of Alabama, he returned to Chattanooga to join the medical faculty at UT Chattanooga, and became a partner of the University Oncology & Hematology Associates at Erlanger. He has practiced in Chattanooga his entire career.   
 
Dr. Worthington of the UT Family Practice Center, moved to Chattanooga in 1995 to start the Department of Family Medicine and the associated Family Medicine Residency Program. Early in his career, Dr. Worthington served two years with the United States Air Force at the Eglin AFB Regional Hospital, and then joined the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
 
Dr. Fesmire was an emergency physician and a nationally recognized expert in emergency cardiac care.  Dr. Fesmire, who passed away unexpectedly in 2018, began his career in 1988 as an emergency physician. He practiced at Erlanger Baroness Hospital from 1991 to 2014, ultimately serving as the medical director of the Erlanger Chest Pain Center and as clinical research director of the Emergency Residency Program for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.   
 
The Erlanger Foundations will also honor recently-retired Tennessee State Representative JoAnn Favors with the “Gordon Street Distinguished Leadership” award.  This award, added in 2010, is given annually by Erlanger to community leaders who have championed the advancement of healthcare in the Greater Chattanooga region, committed to improving the health of people throughout our community and to the healing mission and values of Erlanger. 
 
Best known as a long-time Tennessee State Representative, having been elected 7 terms, Rep. Favors actually began her career in the medical field, a passion she carried with her throughout her service as an elected official until she retired in 2018.   She holds a master’s degree in nursing administration and adult health, and served as an Erlanger trustee, head nurse at Erlanger and TC Thompson Children’s Hospital, and as a clinical nurse specialist.  

Erlanger’s Dinner of Distinction will be Friday, Jan. 18 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Westin Hotel.  A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and a program honoring the 2019 Distinguished Honorees.
 
Table sponsorships with premier seating are currently available at $1,500 per table. Individual tickets are $125 per person.  Seating is limited.  Reservation deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 10.  
 
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Rebecca Styles with Erlanger Health System Foundations at 423-778-4803 or Rebecca.Styles@erlanger.org.

CHI Memorial Hosts 27th Annual Peace, Love And Unity Service

HealthTech Accelerator Now Accepting Applications

Arts At Erlanger Accepting Submissions For “Birds, Bees And Butterflies” Gallery


CHI Memorial will celebrate the 27th Annual Peace, Love and Unity Service on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Monday at 11 a.m. in the community rooms at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga. ... (click for more)

As a collaboration with Erlanger and Unum, Co.Lab is hosting a 10-week startup program for healthcare innovators in Chattanooga. Applications are now open for the program, which begins in April. (click for more)

The Arts at Erlanger Committee is accepting submissions for the upcoming “Birds, Bees and Butterflies” gallery. Artists may submit up to three pieces of any medium inspired by various nature ... (click for more)


Living Well

CHI Memorial Hosts 27th Annual Peace, Love And Unity Service

CHI Memorial will celebrate the 27th Annual Peace, Love and Unity Service on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Monday at 11 a.m. in the community rooms at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga. This year’s program will feature a musical tribute to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The performing artists will be 3Dreamers Musical Group and Neshawn Calloway. ... (click for more)

HealthTech Accelerator Now Accepting Applications

As a collaboration with Erlanger and Unum, Co.Lab is hosting a 10-week startup program for healthcare innovators in Chattanooga. Applications are now open for the program, which begins in April. (click for more)

Breaking News

Authorities Say October 2018 Murder Of Jacob Dakota Moore Was Carried Out At 4915 Orchard Drive In Apison

Authorities say the murder of 26-year-old Jacob Dakota Moore was carried out on Oct. 10 at 4915 Orchard Dr. in Apison. James David Robinson, 42, and Askia Witherow39, have been charged in the slaying. His body was found by hunters at a remote area of Polk County on Oct. 29. The TBI said the property off of Tieskee Creek Road belongs to Dale Bishop, step-father of Robinson. ... (click for more)

Linda Damewood Killed, Another Critical, Third Injured In Shooting At Crossville

One person was killed, another critically injured and a third hurt in a shooting at Crossville on Saturday. Linda Damewood, 74, of Crossville, was dead at the scene. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Tansi Security, and Tennessee Highway Patrol units responded to 8610 Cherokee Trail at approximately 6:38 p.m. to a reported shooting. Cumberland County Sheriff’s ... (click for more)

Opinion

Senator Alexander: A Reasonable Proposal To End The Government Shutdown

A government shutdown is always the wrong idea. It is the wrong idea under President Trump, just as it was the wrong idea under President Obama. Members of Congress should first remember that when a president who has been duly elected by the people of the United States -- whatever you may think of him or her -- has a legitimate objective, it is our responsibility to do everything ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Walmart vs 535 Morons

There is an anonymous paper on the Internet that tells how Walmart could do a better job running America instead of the pompous flops and duds we send to Washington. Please try to connect the dots on Walmart’s 1.6 million employees and the obscene profits that they make versus our 535 members of Congress who blow through money while “WallyWorld” churns out an average of $20-thousand ... (click for more)