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Children's Hospital awarded $375,000 grant from BlueCross

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has awarded Erlanger Health System Foundations a $375,000 grant for the development and operation of the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Childhood Healthy Eating and Active Living (C-HEAL) Center in partnership with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.
“The C-HEAL Center has two key components,” said Children's Hospital at Erlanger CEO, Dr. Alan Kohrt in a news release.  “The first is early intervention which involves working with regional pediatricians and community organizations to recognize the warning signs for overweight/obesity in children and providing steps to prevent further complications.  The second involves multi-disciplinary treatment by establishing the new center at Children's Hospital.”
The center, scheduled open January 2015, will be staffed by a pediatrician with expertise in childhood obesity management, registered dietician, and care coordinator/community health navigator for children who have not responded to early intervention efforts and/or have co-morbidities.  

The team will focus on modifying behavior related to eating habits, activity level, and family involvement.  Pediatric subspecialists will also be associated with the center for ease in making referrals and coordinating care.
“We are extremely pleased to have this latest partnership with BlueCross BlueShield,” said Erlanger Health System President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE.  “By providing this service to the children in our region, we believe the involvement of area pediatricians and the center will have a positive impact not only on the children but also residents in the surrounding communities.”
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