Erlanger Hospital, Start Excavation Please

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I was happy to read that Parkridge Medical Center dropped their appeal against the proposed Erlanger Mental Health facility.  The appeal was filed by Parkridge to the state of Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to oppose Erlanger’s proposed 88 bed mental health facility on Holtzclaw. 

The Parkridge appeal stopped progress for Erlanger’s project to proceed and expand mental health care in our community. This outraged local social workers, mental health care providers, and families dealing with these issues. 

What a great decision by Parkridge Medical Center to drop the appeal, and what a relief to the community. 

Our region is grossly under served with regard to quality mental health care and inpatient facilities.

Many patients are currently left in the hallways of local inpatient mental health care facilities due to lack of space.   Also, many people with and without resources are being sent away from emergency rooms. The truth is the physicians that conduct certificate of need evaluations know that inpatient treatment is difficult to obtain due to lack of facilities and legislation that is adverse to patients. Our state law for the mental services actually harms the people it is intended to serve, Tennessee Code Annotated Title 33, Chapter 6 should be thrown in the garbage and redeveloped. That is another subject. 

The proposed 88 bed facility proposed by Erlanger Hospital is not going to eliminate the shortage of medically supervised mental health treatment, but this is certainly a welcome start for our community. 

There are so many people entering Erlanger’s emergency room that need inpatient care. As a result, Erlanger’s new facility will improve the lives of so many - 88 beds equates to a lot of people receiving care.

This is a wonderful decision by Parkridge Medical Center to drop their appeal.

Erlanger, please start excavating for your new mental heath care facility. Your community needed this years ago.

April Eidson


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