After a breast cancer diagnosis: a faster treatment option

Posted on October 20, 2017

This year in the United States, an estimated 255,180 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. That includes more than 5,500 cases in Tennessee alone. But along with being common, breast cancer is also very treatable. When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, there are multiple treatment options available, including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, … »

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America’s Next Great Heart Hospital is Here

Posted on February 14, 2017

As Southeast Tennessee’s only academic heart center, The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute is known throughout the region for providing the latest cardiac care advancements. Last year, Erlanger Health Systems decided to build on the heart center’s success to help it compete on a national scale. With its recent $10 million investment, the new Heart … »

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An exciting new alternative to valve replacement surgery

Posted on February 1, 2017

The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute has made it its mission to bring new medical breakthroughs to our community and the medical community as a whole. As a part of its ongoing investment in the latest technologies, the Institute now offers Mitra Clip — a groundbreaking alternative to mitral valve replacement surgery. Why it’s important … »

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Introducing TAVR, a new way to replace heart valves

Posted on December 23, 2016

If you could choose between traditional heart valve replacement surgery, or one that could be done faster with a faster recovery, which would it be? You now have both options right here at home. TAVR – or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement – is a groundbreaking procedure that allows doctors to replace heart valves through one … »

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Announcing a new alternative to open-heart surgery

Posted on November 28, 2016

Due to its ongoing investment in new technologies and specialties, the Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute is now among the very best heart centers in the country with new cardiac bypass surgery. Recently, the Institute announced the arrival of Dr. Larry Shears – one of the world’s most experienced robotic heart surgeons and a specialist … »


Making strides in childhood leukemia

Posted on July 27, 2016

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer seen in children, but luckily remains fairly rare. Thanks to research and developments over the last few decades, a diagnosis of leukemia carries a generally excellent prognosis. Clinical trials have shown us how to improve survival, minimize side effects, and tailor therapy to meet the needs … »


Revolutionizing kidney cancer surgery

Posted on April 14, 2016

Imagine a kidney cancer procedure that removes cancerous tissue while leaving the rest of the kidney intact. At Erlanger Health System, that procedure is a reality. In the past, if a cancerous spot were found on a kidney, the entire kidney was removed. In the last few decades, however, researchers have found that organ-sparing surgeries … »

A clear view on early breast cancer detection

Posted on April 10, 2016

When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is key to successful treatment and recovery. So, what if your doctor could detect cancer even sooner? Erlanger Health System is now offering 3-D tomosynthesis. This new form of breast cancer mammography produces clear, highly-focused three-dimensional imaging that makes it easier to pinpoint the size, shape, and … »

VIDEO: Catch the LIFE FORCE cavalry in action

Posted on February 8, 2016

After relocating the LIFE FORCE 1 helicopter to Cleveland, Tennessee in 2015, a fifth helicopter — located in Winchester, Tennessee — was added to the fleet, bringing even more rapid response power to the region. LIFE FORCE helicopters are able to not only transport patients, but their highly-trained crews can also perform life-saving surgical procedures … »

Erlanger honorees to be recognized at annual Dinner of Distinction

Posted on January 8, 2016

The Erlanger Health System Foundations will honor Drs. Larry Sargent and John McCravey , and award CPA Grady Williams with the second annual “Gordon Street Distinguished Leadership Award” during Erlanger’s annual Dinner of Distinction on Friday, January 15, 2016, at the Chattanoogan. The 2016 honorees are being recognized for their enduring commitment to foster quality … »

VIDEO: Witness the life-saving power that is LIFE FORCE Air Medical

Posted on January 6, 2016

2015 was a year of growth for LIFE FORCE Air Medical. After relocating the LIFE FORCE 1 helicopter to Cleveland, Tennessee, a fifth helicopter — located in Winchester, Tennessee — was added to the fleet, bringing even more rapid response power to the region. LIFE FORCE helicopters are able to not only transport patients, but … »

Another ear infection? Explore treatment options for your child

Posted on December 11, 2015

Ear infections — most common during the winter months — are one of the leading reasons parents take children to the doctor’s office. Young children are more likely to get ear infections because the tubes inside the ear (known as the eustachian tubes) are smaller and flatter than in adults, allowing germs from the nose … »

Erlanger East Hospital celebrates expansion milestone

Posted on December 9, 2015

As decorated trees began appearing throughout the city, a massive lighted evergreen was ceremoniously hoisted to the top of Erlanger East Hospital following a celebratory feast and milestone event at the growing Gunbarrel Road facility. The symbolic “Topping Out” ceremony was held on December 4 as hundreds of builders, contractors, subcontractors, and Erlanger East employees … »

Erlanger is first hospital in Tennessee to offer bioabsorbable cardiac stent

Posted on November 11, 2015

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger is the first hospital in Tennessee to implant a cardiac stent featuring a bioabsorbable polymer drug which promotes faster arterial healing and fewer complications for those with coronary artery disease. Boston Scientific’s SYNERGY™ Bioabsorbable Polymer Drug-Eluting Stent System is the first and only of its kind. Both the drug coating and the … »

Innovation helps Erlanger respond faster in a cardiac emergency

Posted on November 10, 2015

Pulsara — an innovative new mobile application for emergency responders — eliminates mounds of paperwork and time-consuming operator calls by connecting Erlanger’s emergency response teams on one simple, easy-to-use platform.

First health system/3-D printing partnership happens in Chattanooga

Posted on November 6, 2015

A partnership between Chattanooga startup 3D Ops and Erlanger Health System was announced at a press conference held at Erlanger, Wednesday October 21. The pilot program involves a six-month commitment from 3D Ops to produce life-sized 3-D printed models of organs based on patients’ CT scans. It has been a big year for the 3D … »

Erlanger to break ground for LIFE FORCE hangar in Winchester

Posted on November 2, 2015

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Health System will hold a groundbreaking celebration for LIFE FORCE’s new hangar at the Winchester Municipal Airport on Wednesday, November 4, beginning at 9 a.m. (Central Time). “Erlanger is pleased to have its fifth air ambulance based in Middle Tennessee,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, President and CEO of the Erlanger … »

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