December 20, 2007

“I just want to clear up a little misconception that many Chattanoogans have about our community children’s hospital. T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital is ours. It is a non-profit entity that serves the pediatric needs locally.” Dustin Smith – “Children’s Hospital Is The St. Jude’s Of Chattanooga

As a former employee of Erlanger, this was a major major issue for us. St. Jude is the “big” children’s medical center for our region, but when we were affiliated with them, we only got a bare pittance out of all of the fundraising. While I was at Erlanger/TC, we had $60 mil of uncompensated care while we fought the county/city alliance for the $5 million they were owed. 

Let me tell you. If Erlanger went private or were sold to a national health system, the people of this region would feel the burn for decades.