Quality Health Care Enriches Chattanooga Living
Residents of the Chattanooga region have access to top treatment facilities providing high-quality, compassionate health care.
Enhancing the Quality of Life of Every Patient
Residents of the Chattanooga region have access to top treatment facilities providing high-quality, compassionate health care.
Chattanooga area residents can choose from top hospitals dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality care. Among them, four large health care systems, including CHI Memorial, Erlanger, Parkridge, and Tennova Healthcare, offer multiple locations. Additionally, two rehabilitation hospitals, Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Chattanooga, offer nationally recognized care. Kindred Hospital, a transitional care hospital, is also located in Chattanooga, while Hamilton Health Care system serves the Dalton area.
CHI Memorial is a nonprofit, faith-based multihospital system that provides preventative, primary, and acute hospital care. With eight centers each devoted to a specific kind of cancer and supported by advanced technologies that allow for robotic-assisted minimally invasive treatment, CHI Memorial’s Rees Skillern Cancer Institute is a leader in cancer services in the Chattanooga area. At the Guerry Heart and Vascular Center, an experienced team of cardiac specialists is available for interventional or surgical procedures, rehabilitation, and monitoring. CHI Memorial also offers advanced imaging services and the Orthopedic Center, including its joint replacement center. CHI Memorial ranked second among the top hospitals in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Comprised of six hospitals and seven emergency centers in Tennessee and North Carolina, Erlanger Health System treats more than 600,000 patients each year. As the tri-state region’s only Level I trauma hospital, Erlanger has six LIFE FORCE air ambulances in its fleet to provide the highest level of trauma care. The Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center, recognized for its world-class stroke and neurosciences program, is among the largest stroke centers in the nation. Erlanger also serves as the region’s academic teaching hospital, partnering with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine campus. Erlanger is home to the region’s only kidney transplant program, and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger houses the region’s only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. New additions to Erlanger include the Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital and the 90,000-square-foot Kennedy Outpatient Center, part of the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
Parkridge Health System is a multi-campus facility which includes Parkridge Medical Center, Parkridge East Hospital, Parkridge West Hospital, and Parkridge Valley Hospital. Parkridge Medical Center offers comprehensive diagnostic and medical services, including cardiology, oncology at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, orthopedic and spine surgery, wound care, and a 24-hour emergency department. Located in East Ridge, Parkridge East provides Level III neonatal intensive care as well as orthopedics and other surgical services. In Jasper, Tennessee, Parkridge West provides 24-hour emergency care and Parkridge Valley West, a behavioral health hospital that offers inpatient and outpatient services. Parkridge Valley, composed of four behavioral health campuses, offers mental health services and treatment for addictive disorders.
Tennova Healthcare, one of the largest health care systems in Tennessee with 12 hospitals, operates two campuses in Cleveland. Collectively, they offer inpatient and outpatient care, diagnostic services, medical and surgical care, and 24-hour emergency care. In 2017, the hospital opened a $2 million advanced imaging center in addition to initiating a robotic surgery program. Tennova houses an accredited Chest Pain Center, recognized by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, as well as an accredited Sleep Disorders Center, recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Located in downtown Chattanooga, Kindred Hospital is a transitional care facility providing long-term acute care. The hospital specializes in treating chronically, critically ill patients who require an extended stay in a hospital setting. Its services include pulmonary care, wound care, stroke and brain injury care, ICU or special care units, rehabilitation services, pain management, and more.
Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, founded in 1989 as the first nonprofit rehabilitation hospital in Tennessee, is nationally acclaimed for providing exceptional rehabilitation care. Siskin offers inpatient treatment programs for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation, neurological disorders, and major multiple trauma, as well as other disorders and illnesses. The hospital also holds specialty Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and Joint Commission certifications in stroke and brain injury treatment programs.
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Chattanooga, formerly HealthSouth Chattanooga, serves patients from Hamilton County and the surrounding area, and the hospital is certified by The Joint Commission for stroke rehabilitation care and hip fracture rehabilitation. Care for diagnoses such as brain and spinal cord injury, trauma, orthopedic and neurological conditions, and arthritis and pain management is offered. Encompass Health also has a specialized inpatient program for amputees.
In nearby Dalton, Georgia, Hamilton Health Care System is a nonprofit health care system that operates a 282-bed hospital, affiliate physician groups, and more. Hamilton Medical Center is a regional acute-care hospital which offers major medical, surgical, and diagnostic services, including award-winning, accredited stroke and chest pain centers.
Affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI Memorial has been serving Chattanooga residents since 1952 and is the region’s only faith-based health care system. The health care system is a regional referral center of choice with 4,449 associates and more than 600 affiliated physicians providing health care throughout Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. CHI Memorial operates a 349-bed main campus in Chattanooga, along with the 74-bed CHI Memorial Hospital site in Hixson, and a 16-bed CHI Memorial Hospital in North Georgia, while further serving the community through Health at Home services, a Community Health Center, Ooltewah Imaging Center, CHI Memorial – Parkway, and CHI Memorial Center for Rehab at Hamilton Family YMCA. The health system provides services in cardiac, orthopedics, urology, diabetes and nutrition, wound healing, sleep disorders, and numerous other specialties. Among the specialized providers within CHI Memorial are the Guerry Heart and Vascular Center, MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, the Rees Skillern Cancer
Institute, Joseph and Virginia Schmissrauter Centers for Cancer Support, and the Buz Standefer Lung Center. CHI Memorial offers a network of employed primary care and specialty physicians in 36 locations across Tennessee and North Georgia, as well as urgent care.
The Chattanooga Heart Institute was founded in 1977 and partnered with CHI Memorial in 2011 to offer broader access to a network of state-of-the art resources. The Chattanooga Heart Institute has offices in Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, and Jasper, Tennessee, and in Ringgold, Georgia. Its 27 board-certified cardiologists and two cardiovascular surgeons specialize in interventional cardiology, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular ultrasound/nuclear medicine, electrophysiology, and general/invasive cardiology. The cardiologists perform PET/CT, MRI, electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, imaging stress tests, carotid and abdominal ultrasound, and noninvasive nuclear cardiology.
As a leading provider of acute inpatient rehabilitation, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Chattanooga, formerly known as HealthSouth Chattanooga, combines compassionate care with the latest technology in the treatment of medically complex patients. Encompass Health is the largest provider of inpatient rehabilitation services in the country. Encompass Health of Chattanooga has been consistently ranked above the national averages in patient outcomes and quality indicators. In 2017, the hospital placed in the top 20% of all rehabilitation hospitals in the nation for its quality outcomes. This acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital offers highly trained physical, occupational, and speech therapists, a greater nurse-to-patient ratio that includes Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRNs), and board-certified rehabilitation physicians. In addition, the rehabilitation team includes respiratory therapists, registered dieticians, case managers, wound care specialists, and on-site dialysis nurses and consultative physicians. The result is a shorter length of stay with functional and cognitive gains that are consistently better than the national average. Encompass Health’s rehabilitation technology includes the Auto-Ambulator to help patients regain the ability to walk and Experia to help patients regain the ability to swallow, both of which are exclusive to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Chattanooga. Encompass Health treats people who have had a functional or cognitive decline due to illness or injury, and they accept patients ages 14 years and older. Encompass Health of Chattanooga has earned The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for both Stroke Rehabilitation and Hip Fracture Rehabilitation. The hospital features state-of-the-art private hospital rooms and expansive gym space with a focus on acclimating patients to real-
As the only medical center in the Chattanooga and tristate region devoted solely to children, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, the highest designation in the state for pediatrics. The hospital offers a full range of pediatric care as well as a pediatric ER, ICU, and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, providing the highest level of care in the region for premature and sick infants. The hospital recently opened the 90,000-square-foot Kennedy Outpatient Center, which houses more than 50 pediatric specialists associated with Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. These specialists include cardiologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, and orthopedists, who will serve more than 100,000 patients annually with outpatient services. The center is phase one of a plan to build a new children’s inpatient hospital.
In addition to serving as the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, Erlanger Health System has seven hospitals and seven emergency centers in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is the 10th largest public health care system in the United States and Chattanooga’s largest employer. Erlanger’s Chattanooga area locations include: Baroness Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Behavioral Health Hospital in downtown Chattanooga; Erlanger East on Gunbarrel Road; Erlanger North in Red Bank; three community health centers; and Erlanger at Volkswagen Drive. Erlanger is also the region’s only academic teaching center through its affiliation with the UT College of Medicine at Chattanooga. Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is the only pediatric specialty hospital in the region. With 974 licensed beds, Erlanger also maintains LIFE FORCE, a fleet of six air ambulances based in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. The health system operates numerous physician practices throughout the region, ranging from family medicine to specialized services. Erlanger is recognized internationally for its Southeast Regional Stroke Center and the role it plays in clinical trials, technology innovations, and stroke treatment. Erlanger has the highest volume of stroke patients in Tennessee and also offers the region’s only kidney transplant program. Erlanger has expanded its robotic surgery services with the installation of six da Vinci® robots, and added a pediatric CT scanner, as well as a bi-plane cath lab to diagnose adult and pediatric cardiac conditions. The Erlanger Regional Operations Center (EROC) coordinates ambulance and emergency air traffic across 11 Tennessee counties and three Georgia counties and has been instrumental in improved outcomes.
Hamilton Health Care System is a nonprofit health system that serves the Northwest Georgia region. Located in Dalton, Hamilton Medical Center is a 282-bed regional acute-care hospital which offers major medical, surgical, and diagnostic services, including award-winning, accredited stroke and chest pain centers. Hamilton Health Care System also includes affiliated physician practices, walk-in care centers, retirement and skilled nursing centers, emergency services, a wellness center, a diagnostic center, and more.
Providing acute, hospital-level care for chronically ill and medically complex patients who require extended recovery times, Kindred Hospital is Chattanooga’s only facility of its kind. With 35 beds, the local hospital is one of 70 long-term acute care hospitals governed by Kindred Healthcare, Inc. An on-site team of physicians specializing in numerous medical disciplines meets weekly to assess patient progress and implement individual treatment plans to achieve the most positive outcomes. While offering the latest in diagnostic and treatment services, Kindred professionals maintain communication with family members in a caring, cooperative atmosphere, allowing greater access to patients throughout their course of treatment and recovery. The array of patient services available at Kindred Hospital includes cardiac monitoring; ventilator weaning; physical, occupational, and speech therapies; complex wound care; dialysis; intravenous antibiotic therapy; pain management; state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging; case management; social services; and end-of-life care. Patients regularly transfer to Kindred from local short-term acute care hospitals to receive highly focused treatment over a longer duration period.
Parkridge Health System includes Parkridge Medical Center, Parkridge East Hospital, Parkridge Valley Adult & Senior Campus, Parkridge Valley Child & Adolescent Campus, Parkridge Valley Cleveland Outpatient Program, and Parkridge West Hospital, which includes Parkridge Valley West, a behavioral health hospital offering inpatient and outpatient services. Parkridge Medical Center, a 275-bed campus on McCallie Avenue, is an Accredited Chest Pain and Primary Stroke Center offering comprehensive acute care services including cardiology, oncology at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, wound care, award-winning orthopedics, and a 24-hour emergency room. Parkridge East Hospital, located in East Ridge, provides excellent emergency room care, obstetrics including a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and surgical services that include robotics, orthopedics, and advanced gynecologic procedures. Parkridge Valley Hospital (locations in East Brainerd, Cleveland, and Jasper, Tennessee) offers mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults as well as treatment for addictive disorders. Parkridge West Hospital, located in Jasper, provides 24/7 emergency services, outpatient radiology, laboratory, physical therapy, and behavioral health services.
Siskin Hospital is Tennessee’s largest acute rehabilitation hospital. For more than 25 years, Siskin Hospital has served the Chattanooga community, caring for people and changing the lives of thousands with programs and services not offered elsewhere. The hospital provides patients with a full continuum of advanced care options. Skilled physicians, nursing, and rehabilitation professionals offer more than 20 specialty programs and a comprehensive continuum of care at the downtown campus. Outpatient therapy is also available at offsite locations in East Brainerd and Cleveland, Tennessee. The hospital and its campus were designed for the provision of rehabilitation services and feature large, private patient rooms, spacious common areas, and a warm atmosphere. A nationally known leader in the rehabilitation field, Siskin Hospital is certified by The Joint Commission and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and offers the only specifically designed Stroke and Brain Injury Units in the Chattanooga area. The hospital also holds specialty CARF and Joint Commission certifications in stroke and brain injury treatment programs. Siskin Hospital provides patients and their families the specialized therapy care and resources they need for a fulfilling life beyond disability.
Tennova Healthcare – Cleveland works to bring quality, innovative health care to the Cleveland community with comprehensive medical services and an experienced team of physicians and caregivers. Tennova Healthcare – Cleveland is actively involved with promoting community-wide health and wellness. Tennova’s Cleveland location is an acute care facility which includes approximately 350 beds. It is accredited by The Joint Commission and has an accredited Chest Pain Center as recognized by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an accredited Sleep Disorders Center as recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and an Orthopedic Joint Center that has received the Gold Seal of Approval with their Certificates of Distinction accreditation from The Joint Commission for the Orthopedic Joint Program. In addition, the women’s program has received a state recognition for being named Best for Babies and earning the BCBS Blue Distinction Award for Women’s Services. The hospital offers a full range of health care services, including a 7,000-square-foot, 24-hour emergency care unit.
Founded in 1976, University Surgical Associates (USA) has grown from a two-surgeon practice to one of the largest multi-specialty surgical groups in the Southeast. With more than 200 employees, USA’s 35 surgeons provide quality and compassionate surgical care for patients, professional support for area physicians facing critical or complicated cases, and training of surgeons and medical students through a comprehensive residency program. USA serves its patients at over 10 conveniently located offices in and around the Chattanooga area and provides surgical services at all area hospital systems in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Dayton, and North Georgia.
Hamilton County Project Access is a community charity created to provide access to health care for low-income, uninsured individuals in Hamilton County. Under the leadership of the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga and in partnership with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, Project Access has coordinated more than $178 million in donated health care since 2004.