About Erlanger

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Erlanger Health System

The Erlanger Health System has five Tennessee-based medical campuses, 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

  • Erlanger has five Tennessee-based medical campuses: Erlanger East, Erlanger North, Erlanger Bledsoe, and Erlanger Baroness (the downtown campus)—which also includes the T.C. Thompson campus of Children’s Hospital.
  • Erlanger is licensed for 819 acute-care beds and 50 long-term care beds serving patients from 50 counties within a 150-mile radius.
  • In fiscal year 2008-2009, Erlanger had 27,732 inpatient admissions 249,679 outpatient visits and treated over 24,000 surgical patients.
  • Emergency Care is available 24/7 at the Erlanger Baroness, North, Bledsoe, and Children’s Hospital. Urgent Care is open 9-8, 7 days a week at Erlanger East Campus.
  • 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.
  • Erlanger is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. More than 160 residents and fellows participate in 9 residency programs and 5 fellowship programs at the Chattanooga campus based at Erlanger.
  • The LIFE FORCE air ambulance program, equipped with two EC-135 aircraft and one Bell 407, transported 2,034 patients in fiscal year 2008-2009. LIFE FORCE also operates a regional EMS communications center.
  • In fiscal year 2008-09, 3211 children were admitted to Children’s Hospital and more than 37,000 were treated in the Emergency Department, outpatient surgery and at outpatient clinics.
  • The Erlanger Baroness Campus offers a Tertiary Level III Care Center for high-risk obstetrics as well as L/D services for low-risk patients. Erlanger East Campus offers single-room maternity care for vaginal deliveries, surgical facilities for C-sections and a Level IIA special care nursery.
  • The Erlanger North Campus 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 in-patient unit addressing complex mental and physical problems associated with aging.
  • 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 operates the Chattanooga LifeStyle Center, the area’s first recognized center for preventive medicine, rehab, fitness, and educational programs.
  • 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 primary stroke center.  Erlanger earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers, recognizing that the program follows national standards.