pediatricians

Dr. Allen Coffman Named Tennessee Pediatrician of the Year

Dr. Allen Coffman Named Tennessee Pediatrician of the Year

Dr. Allen Coffman, a primary care pediatrician with Highland Pediatrics in Hixson and president of the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley was awarded Pediatrician of the Year by the Tennessee American Academy of Pediatrics for his work in the Chattanooga area and across the state. 

“His energy, passion, and knowledge are most evident.  His ability to articulate the mission and paraphrase a group's discussion in a succinct and accurate manner is phenomenal. He is a full time pediatrician, father, and active member of the greater Chattanooga area,” said Pamela Peck in her nomination of Dr. Coffman earlier this year... 

PHIC Committee on School-Based Health Winter Report

PHIC Committee on School-Based Health Winter Report

The School-Based Health sub-group is composed of individuals from the Hamilton Co. School System (administration and nursing representative), health care providers (Erlanger and HCHD) and the philanthropic community. 

We have met several times throughout Fall 2014 and have prioritized our agenda to include 2 shorter-term goals:

PHIC Vice-President and Children's CEO Speak Out about Cover Kids Program

PHIC Vice-President and Children's CEO Speak Out about Cover Kids Program

The changes to CoverKids are among a series of recent cost-saving measures made by TennCare and other insurers over the past two years that have hit children’s hospitals’ bottom lines to an unprecedented degree, said Dr. Alan Kohrt, CEO of T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Kohrt is also chairman of the Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, which met with state leaders this week.

Children’s at Erlanger for example, has lost more than $3 million from a string of recent cuts.

“We’re seeing increasing cuts to the children’s hospitals that threaten the level of care that we provide,” Kohrt said. “We have not had to cut any services — yet. But we continue to face financial pressure...

The Family Centered Medical Home is Key to Pediatric Health

The Family Centered Medical Home is Key to Pediatric Health

On a clear fall day in October of 2004, Bridget Lane took her new daughter Mary Alice to see her pediatrician.  She was a fussy 7-week-old that did not want to grow.  The reason for her lack of growth was quickly identified as an inability to digest and absorb the fat in her formula.  This was just one complication of a disease called Cystic Fibrosis.  Mary Alice’s parents are now experts in Cystic Fibrosis and the care of a child with a complex, chronic disease.  This is because of their exceptional dedication to Mary Alice and a medical care delivery structure called “the Family Centered Medical Home.”  This structure has been at the backbone of the care of children for over 40 years...