Chattanooga Grand Rounds October

Academic Urologists at Erlanger Welcomes Dr. Colin Goudelocke


CHATTANOOGA–Erlanger Health System and Academic Urologists are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Colin Goudelocke. Dr. Goudelocke is joining Erlanger’s team of 3 board-certified urologists which includes specialists in pelvic floor reconstruction and urological cancers.


Board-certified and fellowship trained in urology, Goudelocke earned his Medical Degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and completed both his internship and residency from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. He continued his training, completing his fellowship in female urology from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. 


Goudelocke is a member of the Southeastern Section – American Urological Association and the National Association for Continence. He also holds several editorial positions in leading medical journals including, Urology, Journal of Urology, Neurourology and Urodynamics, and the International Journal of Urogynecology.


Prior to joining Academic Urologists, Goudelocke served as attending surgeon with the Department of Urology at both the Medical University of South Carolina and Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina.


Goudelocke will be practicing at Academic Urologists – East, located at the Erlanger East Campus on Gunbarrel Road.




UT Erlanger Cardiology Welcomes Dr. Poonam Puri


CHATTANOOGA –Erlanger Health System and UT Erlanger Cardiology are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Poonam Puri. Dr. Puri is joining Erlanger’s team of 12 board-certified cardiologists which includes specialists in interventional procedures, electrophysiology, and nuclear cardiology. 

Puri earned her Medical Degree from M.P. Shah Medical College in Jamnagar, India and her residency in internal medicine from Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She continued her training, completing fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine from Keck School of Medicine and in Interventional Cardiology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

She holds board-certifications in Cardiovascular Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Internal Medicine. In addition, she is a member of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine. Prior to joining UT Erlanger Cardiology, Puri practiced with Kaiser Permanente and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in Santa Clara, California. 



Parkridge Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Receives Accreditation


CHATTANOOGA–The Healthy Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation  program at Parkridge Medical Center has received a Three Year Certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

The certification recognizes Parkridge Healthy Heart’s commitment to quality treatment and improved patient outcomes. Certified AACVPR programs offer the most advanced practices available in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. “This designation tells our patients and the community that our program adheres to the latest updated clinical standards and guidelines,” notes Barry Bell, cardiac service line director at Parkridge Medical Center.

The Parkridge Healthy Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation program is designed to help heart patients begin diet and exercise programs to improve their quality of life following the diagnosis or treatment of a cardiovascular disease. The program also supports positive lifestyle changes for patients who have conditions that increase the risk of developing heart disease, such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension.



Parkridge Medical Group’s Dr. Eugene Ryan Receives Healthspring Quality Award


CHATTANOOGA–Dr. Eugene Ryan, internal medicine specialist at Parkridge Medical Group Diagnostic Center, was recently recognized by Medicare Advantage insurer HealthSpring for achieving the highest compliance score for the year 2010 in the company’s Partnership 4 Quality (P4Q) initiative.

P4Q is a physician-designed program that revolutionizes the patient experience by empowering physicians and coordinating care across all levels. Through electronic records, the program tracks quality measures, such as preventive screenings and vaccines. The program aims to keep patients healthy and improve quality of life by focusing on preventive and personalized care.  P4Q rewards physicians for quality treatment of patients and provides support resources, such as extra in-office nurses, to help optimize clinical outcomes. Participation in the P4Q program is voluntary and reflects a physician’s commitment to providing outstanding quality care for patients.

HealthSpring reports that since the launch of the P4Q program in 2006, participating physicians and their patients have dramatically improved clinical quality measures and expressed extreme satisfaction with the program.




US News & World Report Ranks Erlanger #1 Hospital in Chattanooga


CHATTANOOGA—Current rankings from U.S. News & World Report’s annual evaluation of the nation’s hospitals name Erlanger as the number one hospital in Chattanooga. The magazine also cites six specialties at Erlanger as high performing, far more than any other area hospital.

The magazine’s annual ranking of almost 5,000 hospitals is based on publicly reported data, such as volume, mortality rates, staffing levels, safety statistics, patient satisfaction data and surveys from 10,000 physicians.  The resulting analysis is then turned into national rankings by specialty, region and by metropolitan area.  The magazine published the 2011 rankings August 30.

“Like a football coach this time of year, we don’t focus a lot on ratings, but it is still very nice to be recognized,” said Erlanger Chief of Staff Dr. Woody Kennedy. “These rankings are based on hard data, so I think they do have meaning.  Erlanger is certainly Chattanooga’s leading hospital by any number of measures.”

The rankings labeled Erlanger’s performance in diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology as “high performing,” which the magazine defines as results “nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals.” 

“High performance in so many specialties is a reflection of the excellent team at Erlanger,” continued Dr. Kennedy. “It is doctors and nurses, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and Erlanger’s fine staff who all work together to make Erlanger a leader in so many areas.”

Erlanger CEO Jim Brexler agreed the rankings reflect teamwork. “This is an indicator of the quality of work from Erlanger employees and physicians. They’ve earned this recognition.”

Erlanger’s specialty ratings were highest in the city in 9 of 12 reported areas. In addition to the six “high performing” specialties, Erlanger’s ratings were higher than other major area hospitals in cancer care, cardiology and heart surgery, and in neurology and neurosurgery.



Duffield joins Chattanooga Primary Care


CHATTANOOGA–Memorial Health Care System would like to announce that Deborah Duffield, M.D., an internal medicine physician with Memorial Health Partners, has joined Chattanooga Primary Care in Hixson. Dr. Duffield is another reason why you can trust your care to physicians with Memorial Health Partners.

Duffield is board certified in Internal Medicine. She attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her residency at the University College of Medicine, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Duffield joins Vicky Cooke, NP, at Chattanooga Primary Care, which is located at 1017 Executive Drive, Suite 101, in Hixson.



Digital Tomosynthesis Now at MaryEllen Locher Breast Center


CHATTANOOGA—The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at Memorial now offers ground-breaking technology that allows mammograms to be viewed in 3D.

The new Selenia Dimensions 3-D mammography scan results in a stack of thin, high-resolution image slices intended to provide a clear rendition of structures in the breast and their spatial relationship with the surrounding breast tissue. Unlike prior-generation mammography systems, which generate two-dimensional images, breast tomosynthesis produces three-dimensional images which are intended to reveal the inner architecture of the breast free from the distortion typically caused by tissue shadowing or density.

Kathy Dittmar, director of the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, said the new technology is a compliment to current services provided in the comprehensive center, which reduces the time women wait for diagnoses of breast concerns. 

“The Selenia Dimensions 3D mammography equipment is another tool in our fight to detect and treat breast cancer,” she said. “Memorial is committed to providing its patients with the most technologically advanced equipment available so our team of physicians can offer you the best, most compassionate care available.”

The 3D mammography equipment provides one-touch control for seamless and instantaneous transition from two-dimensional full-field mammography to three-dimensional Tomosynthesis imaging. The technology also offers a “combo-mode” that merges a traditional digital mammogram with a 3D image simultaneously.

During a tomosynthesis scan, multiple low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. The multiple images are combined to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a single three dimensional reconstruction of the breast.



Chattanooga Claims Top Spot In Outside’s Annual Issue Highlighting The Best Places To Live


CHATTANOOGA–Outside magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle publication, has selected Chattanooga as the winner in its search to determine the best Outside town in America, following a three week competition held on Facebook.

Outside scoured the nation to find dream cities that offered a balance of great culture, perfect scenery, stress-free and reasonable cost of living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors.  Chattanooga came out on top, receiving the official honor of Outside’s “Best Towns Ever” and is featured on the October 2011 magazine cover. Chattanooga will also be featured in an exclusive segment on Outside Television.

Chattanooga was selected from a list of ten finalists, and competed for the top honor against Charleston, S.C.; Madison, Wis.; Portland, Ore; Portland, Main; Santa Fe, N.M.; Ashland, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; Burlington, Vt.; Tucson, Ariz.

“Putting this issue together is always a tough process when choosing between a number of truly great places. This year we tried something new and allowed the Outside community to help us in the decision making process,” said Outside Editor Chris Keyes. “In addition to possessing all of the great qualities that we look for in determining the quality of life, Chattanooga was a town that everyone rallied to support.”



Parkridge Health System Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission


CHATTANOOGA–Parkridge Health System today was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital system was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

Parkridge Health System is the only hospital system in Chattanooga and one of only 405 U.S. hospitals to earn the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion on the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this first recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010.  

To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures, an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First, they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above after the results of all the accountability measures for which they report data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients.

Parkridge was recognized for achieving these thresholds for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

“Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals such as Parkridge that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president of The Joint Commission.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Parkridge hospitals - safe, effective care. That’s why our facilities have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” says Jerri Underwood, Chief Nursing Officer for Parkridge Health System. “Parkridge is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Parkridge Health System will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (



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