Erlanger Health System
The Erlanger Health System has five Tennessee-based medical hospitals and six emergency departments, including the region’s only children’s hospital and Level I Trauma Center, providing the highest level of trauma care. Affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanoga, Erlanger is also the region’s only academic teaching center and treats more than a quarter million patients every year.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
As the only academic medical center in the tri-state region devoted solely to children, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger (CHE) is a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center (CRPC), the highest designation in the state for pediatrics. CHE has a full range of pediatric subspecialists, as well as a pediatrics ER, ICU, and Level III neonatal intensive care unit, providing the highest level of care in the region for premature and sick infants.
Other facts about the Erlanger Health System
Updated March 2016
- Erlanger has five Tennessee-based hospitals—Erlanger East, Erlanger North, Erlanger Bledsoe, Erlanger Baroness, and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
- Erlanger is licensed for 788 acute-care beds serving patients from 50 counties within a 150-mile radius.
- In fiscal year 2014-2015, Erlanger had 32,931 inpatient admissions, 287,590 outpatient visits and treated over 30,252 surgical patients.
- Emergency Care is available 24/7 at the Erlanger Baroness, East, North, Bledsoe, Sequatchie Valley, and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
- Erlanger is a Level I Trauma Center for adults, providing the highest level of trauma care. Trauma surgeons are available at all times.
- Critical care units include Shock-Trauma ICU, Medical ICU, Cardiac Surgery ICU, Cardiac ICU, Surgical ICU, Medical/Surgical ICU and the region’s only Neuro/Ortho ICU; as well as the PICU and Neo-Natal ICU at Children’s Hospital.
- Surgical services, inpatient and outpatient, are offered at the Erlanger Baroness, Erlanger East, and Children’s Hospital.
- Erlanger partners with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga to train “Tomorrow’s Doctors” to provide needed medical manpower. More than 170 residents and fellows participate in ten residency programs and ten fellowship programs at the Chattanooga Campus based at Erlanger through a major academic affiliation agreement.
- LIFE FORCE air ambulance, stationed in Cleveland, Winchester and Sparta, TN and Calhoun and Blue Ridge, GA, is equipped with three EC-135 aircraft, capable of single pilot IFR, and two Bell 407 and transported 1,555 patients in fiscal year 2014-2015.
- Erlanger opened Erlanger Regional Operation Communications (EROC) in 2015. EROC responds to every emergency across a 50,000 square mile region.
- Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center (CRPC), the highest designation in the state for pediatrics, featuring a full complement of pediatric subspecialists, as well as a pediatric ER, ICU, and a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, providing the highest level of care in the region to premature and sick infants.
- In fiscal year 2014-2015, 3,782 children were admitted to Children’s Hospital and more than 47,118 were treated in the Emergency Department, outpatient surgery, and outpatient clinics.
- The Erlanger Baroness Hospital offers a Tertiary Level III Care Center for high-risk obstetrics as well as L/D services for low-risk patients. Erlanger East Hospital offers maternity care for vaginal deliveries, surgical facilities for C-sections, and a Level IIA special care nursery.
- The Erlanger North Hospital is the site of Erlanger’s Sleep Disorders Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as well as the Senior’s Program, an inpatient unit addressing complex mental and physical problems associated with aging. Erlanger North also opened inpatient beds in June 2015.
- UT Erlanger Physicians Group, a partnership between Erlanger and UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and comprised of over 150 physicians and 49 practices, offers care in specialties ranging from family medicine to fellowship trained cardiologist.
- Erlanger Cancer Center offers an extensive clinical research program and the most advanced technology in radiation therapy, as well as a Resource Center, community outreach programs and support groups for cancer patients.
- Erlanger has the region’s only kidney transplant program and offers the less invasive laparoscopic kidney removal.
- Erlanger was the first Chest Pain Center in Tennessee, Georgia, or Alabama, sixth in the U.S. accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers and 16th in the U.S. to earn the highest level Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI.
- The region’s first Wound Care Center, featuring Level I accredited hyperbaric treatment, is based at the Erlanger Baroness campus.
- Erlanger’s occupational medicine program, WorkForce Corporate Health, is the region’s most comprehensive service for area employers.
- Erlanger is the home of the Chattanooga Association for Pastoral Care, a clinical training program for area ministers and laypersons.
- Erlanger offers the region’s largest hospitalist program with General Internists delivering 24/7 hour full-time inpatient care for patients.
- Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center is Southeast Tennessee’s first and only accredited comprehensive stroke center. Erlanger earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Comprehensive Stroke Centers, recognizing that the program follows national standards.