Erlanger Health System Makes Surgical Improvements to Draw Departing Physicians
Erlanger Health System CEO Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson told the County Commission Thursday that the financially-troubled hospital is making $23 million in surgical improvements to attract departed surgeons, according to a Chattanoogan report.
Ms. Woodard-Thompson said the health system should be in the black within 12 months and even as soon as July.
The CEO said the new surgical area will include side-by-side surgery rooms staffed with dedicated employees. She said the surgeons want to have nurses with them "who know what they need before they ask." She said the surgeons also need rooms where they can operate continuously.
She said the initial new surgical area will be for the vascular surgery specialty, and the next area will be for orthopedics. Some surgeries will be moved into the outpatient area, with surgical suites planned for later.
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