According to a media release, the announcement comes shortly after the hospital released much improved financial reports for the month of June, including a $1 million bottom line improvement over June 2011.
Cardiologist Kendrick Mills, M.D. is the newest physician to join the Erlanger at Hutcheson medical staff. He is a member of the UT Erlanger Cardiology group and has a north Georgia-based practice in the Physician Office Building at Hutcheson. His scope of practice includes outpatient adult cardiology, inpatient consultations, exercise and pharmacologic stress tests, echocardiograms, pacemaker implantation, diagnostic coronary angiography and lipid and hypertension management. Dr. Mills graduated from Harvard Medical School and obtained his Fellowship in Cardiology at Yale School of Medicine.
Hutcheson officials also announce the employment of pulmonologist Timothy Ashburn, M.D. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he also obtained his Fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care. He was chief resident during his residency at the University of Tennessee-College Of Medicine Chattanooga, where he served on the faculty last year. Dr. Ashburn’s outpatient pulmonology practice will open Nov. 1 at Hutcheson on the Parkway. He will also provide inpatient critical care services at the hospital.
In addition, hospital officials report that EmCare is now the official provider of emergency medicine at Hutcheson. Emcare specialists also staff the emergency rooms at both the Erlanger Baroness and Erlanger North campuses.
Dr. Anuj Parikh now serves as the medical director of Hutcheson’s Emergency Department.
“Our contract with EmCare has significantly increased the number of board-certified emergency medicine physicians within our emergency room,” said Roger Forgey, president and chief executive officer of Erlanger at Hutcheson. “This means residents of north Georgia have access to high-level emergency care without having to leave their community.”
Forgey also said that Erlanger at Hutcheson is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Tennessee.
“We want to be sure that those living in our service area are fully aware that Hutcheson is part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield network and welcome those with BCBS coverage,” he said.