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


Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com; Include Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number For Verification

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to  news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. This includes your home address and phone number. We do not post the contact information, but need it for verification. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Luther’s B-17 Showed Up

I am a huge sap for our veterans and just the other days a reader shared the ultimate story about a guy who returned to his sweetheart at the end of World War II. The little town of Miller. Missouri, is located in the southwest corner of the state and the biggest thing to ever happen in Lawrence County is when a native son, James Lawrence, hollered “Don’t Give Up The Ship” in the ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Milner Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Attack On Cancer Patient

A Criminal Court jury found 27-year-old Michael William Milner guilty of reckless endangerment in an attack on a cancer patient at an East Ridge motel on July 12, 2016. Milner had been charged with aggravated assault, which would have carried a possible prison sentence of 6-10 years because he was a Range II offender due to his prior record, prosecutor Bates Bryan said. The ... (click for more)

Lookouts Open Second Half Play With 6-1 Win Friday Over Pensacola

LHP Stephen Gonsalves threw seven innings, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a 6-1 win on Friday night. Rain was in the area, but had no effect on the game. The Lookouts were supposed to begin the second half of their season on Thursday, but rain pushed the game to Friday. Gonsalves was on the mound and had a terrific outing. The left-hander ... (click for more)

Cleveland High School Selects Joey Knox As Head Wrestling Coach

Cleveland High School has selected Joey Knox as the next head coach for the Blue Raider Wrestling program.  Coach Knox has been with the wrestling program as an assistant since 2013.  During his assistant coaching tenure, the team has secured six Team State Championships, including five individual State Champions and 20 State Medalists.    Cleveland High ... (click for more)