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From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Cleveland physicians affiliated with Tennova Healthcare said Thursday if Erlanger Health System succeeds in its plan to construct a freestanding 24-hour Level IV emergency room here, it will duplicate medical care already available and have detrimental effects on delivering orderly patient care, as well as on efforts made by medical professionals to establish a roster of medical specialists who provide care for a growing community.
Three doctors affiliated with Tennova, Dr. William Johnson, chief medical officer, Tennova; urologist Dr. Ed McIntire; and pulmonologist Dr. John Jaggers all agreed that duplication of care would erode the medical community by causing some physicians to leave Cleveland if the patient base decreases. In addition, an inability to recruit physicians to replace those who retire or move away would be difficult, because they would prefer to practice in areas where they can treat patients locally.
Tennova, like Erlanger, also has plans to construct a 24-hour Level IV freestanding emergency room. Both healthcare providers have filed certificates of need with the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency. The agency board hearing is scheduled for June 27.
While many agree there is a need for expanded emergency room facilities due to area population growth – as well as the absence of an emergency room in Polk County creating crowded conditions at Tennova’s existing emergency room – there is debate over whether the Erlanger facility will erode the established medical community in Cleveland.
For example, if a patient damages a knee and seeks treatment at the Tennova facility, they will be referred to orthopedic specialists in Cleveland. However, if they visit the Erlanger facility, they will be referred to an orthopedic specialist in Chattanooga because Cleveland physicians will not be on Erlanger’s roster of specialists to whom it refers patients.
Doctors stated an erosion of the medical community caused by an Erlanger emergency room that sends its patients to specialists in Chattanooga for treatment would be noticed by those considering moving to the area.
From WRCB Channel 3…
One of two brothers charged in an East Tennessee murder is on the run.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, two brothers from Grainger County have been charged with the stabbing death of Joshua L. Beasley.
The TBI said they developed information during their investigation that showed 37-year-old Travis L. Peters and his brother Daniel C. Peters, 35, were responsible for the crime.
Travis L. Peters was arrested Saturday on one count of first-degree murder. He was booked into the Grainger County Jail on a $2 million bond.
A warrant was obtained to also charge Daniel C. Peters with first-degree murder. He remains on the run.
If you have any information about where Daniel C. Peters can be found, please contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…
A North Carolina man was killed when a fishing boat was forced underwater in the Tennessee River.
Three men were in the boat around 10 a.m. Saturday when it was pulled into water being discharged from Fort Loudoun Dam, according to a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency press release.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports all the men went overboard as the boat got too close to the dam, capsized and was forced under by the falling water. The release says the men were believed to be wearing life jackets, but the force of the water caused some to be torn off.
Two of the men were taken to the hospital, and one has been confirmed dead, the release said. He was not identified in the release.