Hutson receives prestigious READ Award

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Kent Hutson, M.D., was recently honored by RadCare for his excellence and dedication in radiology services.

Dr. Hutson, who is the head of the radiology department for Erlanger Health System and chair of radiology for University of Tennessee College of Medicine, received the 2012 READ (Radiology Excellence and Dedication) award from RadCare. RadCare, which is Erlanger’s radiology services management company, is also the radiology services line of EmCare.

“From a leadership point of view, Dr. Hutson really exemplifies the qualities that we look for, both in a chair as well as in a general radiologist,” says RadCare CEO Phil Heckendorn. “He holds the esteem and respect of his colleagues within the department. I think he’s very well regarded among the medical staff.”

Dr. Hutson became a radiologist by way of an interest in computers. He explained that his love for technology and gadgets is very similar to radiology. The latest technology in CT and MRI scans has changed the way radiologists practice medicine.

“The fun of working with high tech equipment and the satisfaction of being able to help people are very rewarding,” said Dr. Hutson. “It’s good to be honored by your peers for the effort you put forth. For me, the READ Award is recognition of the last five years that I’ve really put into RadCare, Erlanger and UTCOM.”

“We established an awards program in order to recognize those physicians that really go above and beyond their job duties every day and provide an inspiration to others to do the same,” says Todd Zimmerman, EmCare’s president. “Those people who, by what they do every day, really elevate the organization.”

Each year, EmCare selects four outstanding clinicians as “Physicians of the Year.” The READ Award winners are selected through a nomination and voting process conducted by EmCare leadership. EmCare’s Physician of the Year program also includes singular recognition for AnestheisiaCare via the Ace Award, EmCare Hospital Medicine via the Summit Award and EmCare Emergency Medicine via the Commitment to Care Award.

About EmCare
EmCare provides clinical department outsourcing services – physician recruiting, credentialing, scheduling, leadership, training and education, and billing – to hundreds of hospitals nationwide. The 40 year old company provides similar services to emergency medicine, hospital medicine, anesthesiology and radiology/teleradiology departments. The company focuses on helping each client hospital with efficiency, quality of care and patient satisfaction. In short, EmCare is Making Health Care Work Better.TM Learn more about EmCare at

About RadCare
RadCare offers on-site and off-site radiology and teleradiology services to provide around-the-clock reads. RadCare provides staffing, billing and administrative services to help client partners achieve financial efficiencies. RadCare is an industry leader with a better than 95 percent retention rate for staffing, while utilizing only US-based, Board-certified radiologists with an array of sub-specialties. RadCare’s access to nationwide Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) keeps their clients at the forefront of technology while offering increased efficiency and reduced costs. Learn more about RadCare at