Erlanger Medical Center, the primary site in Chattanooga for training students in the field of nurse anesthesia, is the region’s Level-One Trauma Center for adults and, through Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, is also the region’s only pediatric hospital. Serving patients from 50 counties within a 150 mile radius of the hospital, Erlanger is the only provider of tertiary care for a four-state region encompassing southeast Tennessee, north Georgia, north Alabama, and western North Carolina.
The region’s only non-profit, academic medical center, Erlanger is affiliated with The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) School of Nursing and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Through this partnership, students in the nurse anesthesia program receive a vast amount of clinical learning opportunities in many specialty areas, including pediatrics, neurosurgery, high risk and general obstetrics, and trauma.
The Erlanger Health System consists of three anesthetizing locations:
Erlanger Baroness Campus
The Erlanger Baroness Campus, the flagship hospital of Erlanger Health System, has a history that dates back more than a century and is recognized as one of the nation’s finest public hospitals and a leader in healthcare. Each year, more than a quarter of a million people are treated by the team of healthcare professionals who are part of Erlanger.
With 22 surgical suites and over 48,000 anesthetics administered annually, nurse anesthesia students receive a wealth of hands-on experience. This experience extends beyond the OR to include administering anesthesia to patients receiving care in peripheral sites within the hospital, including the radiology department, gastrointestinal lab, eye center, pulmonary lab, and oncology center.
Erlanger East Campus
Erlanger East Campus is a vital component of the Erlanger Health System. The multi-faceted medical campus is meeting the needs of a growing community with a Surgical Center (serving men, women, and teens), Urgent Care Center, physician offices, and Women’s Services Center. With four operating rooms and a newly expanded obstetrics wing, nurse anesthesia students have the tremendous opportunity to enhance their OBGYN knowledge and accompanying skills through their rotations to this hospital.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
A Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, the highest designation in the state, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger has physicians in virtually every pediatric subspecialty. The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides the region’s highest level of care for premature and sick infants. With an average of 5,500 cases performed annually, nurse anesthesia students get a vast amount of experience with both sick and healthy infants and children. In addition to the cases performed each year in the OR, anesthesia services are provided for children in the radiology suites (diagnostic and interventional), gastrointestinal lab, and oncology center. As a result of the large volume and vast array of surgical cases performed at Children’s Hospital, nurse anesthesia students in this program receive a tremendous exposure to pediatric anesthesia.