Full-service cancer care returns CHI Memorial upgrading, reopening Parkway facility
Since assuming management of the former Hutcheson/Cornerstone hospital’s facilities last December, CHI Memorial ceaselessly has worked toward revitalizing Northwest Georgia’s regional hospital.
The main campus in Fort Oglethorpe has maintained fullysupported emergency room services, upgraded the facility and soon should reopen its surgery center.
Standalone clinics in Trenton, Chickamauga and LaFayette have become “go to” providers for primary care in their respective municipalities.
CHI Memorial-Parkway (formerly Hutcheson on the Parkway) has become home to CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates-Ringgold, CHI Memorial Pediatric Diagnostic Associates and The Chattanooga Heart Institute. Now another chapter in the story of CHIMemorial moving into Northwest Georgia is being written.
On Monday, June 25, Georgia’s Department of Community Health announced its approval of CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia’s certificate of need application to provide full-service cancer services with new equipment at CHI Memorial-Parkway in Ringgold.
The next day, physicians and politicians — as well as CHI employees and administrators, along with members of the public — gathered to celebrate being approved to operate the former Fuller Cancer Center and describe how it benefits the community.
“It was obvious from the beginning that there was a need,” said Larry Schumacher, CHI Memorial CEO and senior vice president of operations, Southeast Division, Catholic Health Initiatives.
Providing full-service cancer care is part of the initiative CHI Memorial began several years ago to expand the availability of quality healthcare. That process began several years ago when a federal judge allowed the sale of bankrupt Hutcheson Medical Center’s clinics to local governments who in turn leased those facilities and their management to CHI.
That process advanced with the acquisition of the Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold campuses.
“Our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” said Andrew McGill, senior vice president of strategy and business development for CHI. “Each and every day, we care for each individual.”
Catoosa County Board of Commissioners Chairman Steven Henry recalled how when he was 18 — 28 years ago — he and his brother were tasked with ferrying their father, who died of cancer, back and forth to Chattanooga for his treatment.
“Our goal, mine and all the commissioners, is to get
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Sen. Jeff Mullis