This beautifully made new video highlights the redesign of Erlanger East Hospital on Gunbarrel Road in East Brainerd, which offers a more inviting hotel-like feel to the medical complex. In addition to nearly doubling the number of hospital beds and adding an emergency room intensive care unit, four more operating rooms, and a new cardiovascular lab, Erlanger East also added lifestyle amenities for hospital visitors, customers and staff.
The hospital exterior resembles the rock striations visible below the Hunter Museum of American Art downtown and the hospital includes a division within the facility similar to how the Tennessee River cuts through Chattanooga. In the lobby, guests can wait or visit around a fireplace while listening to the music played on a grand piano. Outside, a putting green, playground and walking track provide recreational opportunities for guests, employees and residents in the surrounding neighborhood.
– The Chattanooga Times-Free Press
The “Chattanooga lifestyle hospital” designation means more of a focus on addressing temporary medical needs while Erlanger’s major trauma unit remains at the downtown hospital on Third Street. Erlanger East patient rooms include Wi-Fi, 42-inch TV screens, and “on-demand” dining, where patients and family members can order food from their rooms. A similar approach to building is underway on East Third Street where Erlanger is building the first $40 million phase of a new Children’s Hospital on the corner of Third and Palmetto streets.
The video does a good job of showing the hard work of Erlanger’s vice president of new hospital design and construction, Bruce Komiske, and the Erlanger Health System Leadership Team, as well as architects from HKS and construction manager McCarthy Building Cos. A Grand Opening event at the hospital is planned for Thursday, January 17th from 5-7 pm.