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.

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