CHATTANOOGA, TN March 25, 2015 - During the past year, Parkridge Health System has been providing emergency services, inpatient behavioral health, inpatient medical and surgical services, outpatient surgery, and comprehensive outpatient services to residents of the Parkridge West communities. Within this full scope of services, less than 2 percent of our patients have utilized inpatient medical and surgical services. As a result, on April 6, 2015, we will discontinue providing inpatient medical care and surgical services. Parkridge West will continue to offer 24-hour emergency services, outpatient imaging and laboratory services, and Mountainview Treatment Center will continue to serve inpatient adult behavioral health patients.
“Parkridge Health System has invested over $14 million dollars to upgrade and renovate the emergency department, laboratory, radiology, behavioral health services and physician services at Parkridge West,” explains Darrell Moore, CEO, Parkridge Health System. “We will continue to provide a high level of quality patient care to our community and focus our efforts on 24-hour emergency care, outpatient services and inpatient adult behavioral health services.”
Inpatient care will still be available in our Chattanooga facilities for emergency room patients that need to be admitted from Parkridge West. Transportation will be provided by the facility, and we are also pleased to announce that a new helipad at Parkridge Medical Center will be opening in the spring to expedite transportation of patients as appropriate.
“Meeting the medical needs of our community and the physicians that provide these services is important to us. We will continue to coordinate and provide physician services on the Parkridge West Campus, including primary and specialty care,” said Moore.
Human Resources is assisting employees displaced by the discontinuation of services by matching them to appropriate vacancies throughout the Parkridge Health System. We will hold a job fair, and services through our Employee Assistance Program will be available to all employees. The change in services at Parkridge West has resulted in the elimination of approximately 20 employees.
As of April 6, 2015, Parkridge West Emergency Center will offer the following services:
- 24-Hour Emergency Care
- On-site outpatient radiology
- On-site outpatient laboratory
- Mountainview Treatment Center
- Inpatient adult behavioral health
- Physician services in the medical office building including primary and specialty care
About Parkridge Health System
The hospitals of the Parkridge Health System provide a full complement of healthcare services including Accredited Chest Pain Centers, cardiac services, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services, neonatal intensive care, outpatient services and psychiatric care. To learn more, visit www.ParkridgeHealth.com or contact MedLine at (423) 622-6848.