Faces of PAD & Related Issues: An Advanced Practice Providers Symposium
8:00 AM08:00

Faces of PAD & Related Issues: An Advanced Practice Providers Symposium

The purpose of the symposium is to provide resources to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care providers treating patients with vascular issues of the lower limbs and bringing awareness to the regional amputation problem. The southeastern part of the United States has the highest amputation rates in the country, many of these surgeries could be prevented with proper education and alternative treatment plans, resulting in patients having better health, a more active lifestyle, and longer life. 

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LifeBridge - Roundtable Discussion for Hospital and Large Group Administrators, Medical Staff Leaders and Community Physicians
2:00 PM14:00

LifeBridge - Roundtable Discussion for Hospital and Large Group Administrators, Medical Staff Leaders and Community Physicians

Join Mark Greenawald, MD for a a Roundtable with Hospital and Large Group Administrators, Medical Staff Leaders and Community Physicians as part of the LifeBridge Physician Well-Being initiative. It will Thursday, September 20, 2-4 p.m. at the Walden Club.

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CHCMS & Medical Foundation Board Meeting
6:00 PM18:00

CHCMS & Medical Foundation Board Meeting

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The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga boards of directors will have a combined meeting on Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at the CHCMS office at 1917 East Third Street. Dinner will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rae Bond at 423-622-2872 or via email

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11:00 AM11:00

Building a More Profitable Practice

Join us for a special extended CMGMA Training


Presented by Karen Baird, TMA Director of Insurance Affairs

Wednesday, June 6 (Note Special Date and Location!) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Attendance is limited to 40 so register early!

Location: Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC, Liberty Tower, 605 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Conference Rooms B & C (See Parking Instructions below)

Agenda for the training: 

11:00 a.m. -  Welcome, Introductions, and pick up lunch

11:15 a.m.  - Foundation

  • Hiring the right staff
  • Training
  • Team building
  • Implementing a plan for “patient experience”
  • 12 noon Construction
  • Insurance payer mix
  •  Insurance and other contracts

1:00-2 p.m. - HVAC:

  • Appeals
  • Coding & Documentation


RSVP no later than Friday, May 31, to Irene Gruter,
622-2872 or irene@chattmd.org

About Karen Baird

Karen Baird, CPC, CPMA, joined the Tennessee Medical Association as Director of Insurance Affairs in January 2018. She is TMA’s in-house expert on federal and state health insurance policies and reform. She manages commercial and government health insurance plan relations, provide informational and policy assistance to advocacy and education staff and help TMA member physicians resolve payer-related administrative and reimbursement hassles.

Karen brings more than 30 years of healthcare administrative experience to TMA, most recently as office manager with Midtown Primary Care Clinic in Nashville. She is a certified professional coder and medical auditor, and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Professional Coders, National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialists and others.

Parking for Chambliss, Bahner, & Stophel:

You may find on-street parking in the area, or you can park in the Liberty Garage (which is located on 6th Street next to the YMCA) or the Republic Center Garage (located on Chestnut Street between Republic Centre and Republic Plaza. 

At the entrance to either garage, push the blue button to pull a ticket and open the gate.  Park in any space not marked “Reserved.”  Bring the ticket with you and present your ticket to the receptionist for validation. You will need to insert the validated ticket or pay with a debit or credit card to exit the garage.

Please Do NOT park across the street from Chambliss in the Liberty Tower visitor parking.




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2018 Youth Leadership Forum
7:00 AM07:00

2018 Youth Leadership Forum

The application period for the 2018 Youth Leadership Forum is now closed. Notification letters will be sent to students by May 4.

The 2018 YLF will be June 4-7, 2018. Applications are due April 13, 2018. Students will be notified of their acceptance by May 4 and they must indicate their intent to participate by May 18. A PDF version of the application is available at the bottom of this page along with a brochure for the Youth Leadership Forum.

The Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine is a one-week program designed to encourage rising high school seniors and 2018 high school graduates to consider careers in medicine.  During the course of the week, students will learn about careers in medicine, job shadow physicians who practice in several areas of medicine, including internal medicine, surgery, pathology, radiology, family practice, and pediatrics, and enjoy roundtable discussions with physicians.

Students who complete the program may have an opportunity to participate in additional mentoring and shadowing activities over the summer.

Student Selection:

Rising high school seniors and 2018 high school graduates can be nominated by high school principals, guidance counselors, science teachers, and other youth program and civic leaders. No more than 25 students will be selected for the program.

Criteria for selection will be:

  • Academic achievement
  • Recommendation from science teacher, guidance counselor, principal, or civic leader
  • Student statement
  • High school diversity

How to Apply  

Applications forms are available at the button below or at the Medical Society, 1917 E. Third Street, or by calling 622-2872.

The program is designed to:

  • Provide rising high school seniors and 2018 high school graduates the opportunity to learn more about life as a physician and inspire them to consider a career in medicine.
  • Educate students about options available to assist with the cost of medical education.
  • Provide students and local physicians with a community-based mentoring/teaching experience
  • Increase the number of students who pursue careers in health care.
  • Assist with efforts to increase the pipeline of health care providers in Southeastern Tennessee.

The Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine program deals with practice aspects of a career in health care. It will make participants aware of job opportunities in health care, as well as financial aid available for students pursuing careers in medicine, and the challenges and rewards of medicine. This work fills a critical need in many under-served communities, where primarily minority and disadvantaged people are not getting the health care they need.

The Week at a Glance

  • June 4-7, 2018
  • Participants need to be available from 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Full attendance by each participant is essential if the Youth Leadership Forum is to meet its objectives.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


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21st Annual Family Picnic at the Lookouts
6:00 PM18:00

21st Annual Family Picnic at the Lookouts

Please note change of date for the Family Picnic -- Now May 23rd!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the 21st Annual Family Picnics at the Lookouts has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 23rd. 

CHCMS member physicians, UTCOM residents and their families are invited to enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs in the pavilion before the game starts and then watch the game from private seating. Of course Louie the Lookout will make an appearance and we'll have activities and goodies for the children. 

To RSVP (required), you may either call Irene at 423-622-2872 or email her at irene@chattmd.org.

See ya at AT&T Field!

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Episodes of Care Design Feedback Sessions
9:00 AM09:00

Episodes of Care Design Feedback Sessions

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The Tennessee Department of Health is hosting its Annual Episodes Design Feedback Sessions across the state on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. 

The Chattanooga session will be held at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, 1301 Riverfront Parkway, Suite 206. All six sessions will be held simultaneously across the state, linking clinicians, administrators, payers and other stakeholders by video conference. Sessions will be held in Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Johnson City, Jackson and Memphis. 

The Annual Feedback sessions provide the opportunity for the public to comment on what is working well with each episode's clinical design and where providers would suggest changes for the next year. 

A schedule for the day and additional details will be released soon. 

For more information on Episodes of Care, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health website.

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National Drug Take Back Day April 28
10:00 AM10:00

National Drug Take Back Day April 28

14 Take Back Locations in Hamilton County

April 28th is National Drug Take Back Day and there will be 14 locations for you to dispose of unwanted and unused medications. If you have any questions about the drug take back, please call 423-305-1449. 

In addition to drug take back, Mt. Canaan Baptist Church is hosting Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Training in two sessions, 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m., the same day. To register go to www.hccoalition.org.

  1. Food City, 3901 Dayton Blvd., Red Bank
  2. Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, 4801 Highway 58**
  3. Signal Mountain Police Department, 1111 Ridgeway Avenue
  4. Orchard Knob Baptist Church, 1734 East Third Street**
  5. First Baptist Church, 508 East Eighth Street
  6. Elk Lodge #91, 1069 Graysville Rad
  7. Walgreens East Brainerd - 2289 Gunbarrel Road**
  8. Walgreens Brainerd - 3605 Brainerd Road
  9. Walgreens East Ridge - 5301 Ringgold Road**
  10. Walgreens Northshore - 110 North Market Street**
  11. Walgreens Ooltewah - 9307 Lee Highway
  12. Walgreens St. Elmo - 3550 Broad Street
  13. Walgreen Hixson - 5478 Highway 153**
  14. Walgreens Soddy Daisy - 121 Harrison Lane

Disposal is safe, easy and confidential as well as free. If possible, bring medications in their original containers. Simply cross out personal information. 

Sharps, needles, IV bag medication and radioactive medications are not accepted.

** Document shredding offered at these locations.

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Take Back Control of Your Life and Profession
6:00 PM18:00

Take Back Control of Your Life and Profession

Pummeled with new requirements for measuring, documenting, billing, and delivering care? Struggling to find Work-Life balance?  If you are feeling a bit burned out, you are not alone.

Join us for a delightful evening of fellowship, while learning some tools to battle burnout and restore your joy in medicine!

 Dr. Rebekah Bernard

Dr. Rebekah Bernard

Rebekah Bernard, MD, author of How to Be a Rock Star Doctor and frequent contributor to KevinMD.com, will share her tips and tools on how to Take Back Control of Your Life and Profession on Thursday, April 26 at the Westin Hotel. 

The evening, hosted by Chattanooga Women in Medicine, begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by dinner and Dr. Bernard's talk at 6:30 p.m.

Register online at chattwimwellness.eventbrite.com or RSVP to Irene at 423-622-2872 or irene@chattmd.org.

Tickets: $20 CHCMS members & residents

$45 non-members

This event is the first in a series on physician wellness hosted by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga. 


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2018 Day on the Hill
7:00 AM07:00

2018 Day on the Hill

TMA’s annual policy briefing and lobby day in Nashville connects physicians directly with lawmakers so they can advocate for their patients and discuss major issues affecting the medical profession in Tennessee. 

Once again, CHCMS will provide transportation to Nashville. The bus will depart the Medical Society at 7 a.m. and is estimated to return at 6 p.m. 

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Denim and Diamonds 2018: Once Upon A Time
7:00 PM19:00

Denim and Diamonds 2018: Once Upon A Time

Join us for Denim and Diamonds 2018: Once Upon a Time and tell your story as we celebrate another chapter for Project Access.

Thirteen years ago, the first Denim and Diamonds fundraising event was hosted and has quickly become the favorite non-traditional gala of Chattanooga. Denim and Diamonds is the largest fundraiser for Project Access, a referral program that provides free healthcare for the working poor in Hamilton County, or those who don't qualify for government healthcare assistance and are unable to afford it through their employer. Since April of 2004, Project Access has provided $169 million of donated healthcare to individuals in the program. Help us share and continue the story of Project Access and make plans to attend Denim and Diamonds this year!

Everyone has a story. From those great moments in your life you love to share or the struggles we have all survived and came out stronger on the other side, our stories bring us together. Join us on March 3, 2018, for Denim & Diamonds: Once Upon a Time. 

Chattanooga physicians and community leaders will come together at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Chattanooga Convention Center for an evening of music and food, and a celebration of healing. The event will be the 13th annual Denim and Diamonds fundraiser, which helps support the Project Access community health partnership and other community health initiatives. The event is organized by the Chattanooga Hamilton-County Medical Society and Medical Foundation of Chattanooga.

Denim & Diamonds: Once Upon a Time, presented by Dale Buchanan & Associates, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, and Vascular Institute of Chattanooga, will celebrate the amazing stories our Project Access patients and physician volunteers have created.

The evening will include dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and lots of surprises. Entertainment is provided by Soundforce.

ttendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite literary character. Or better yet come as yourself. The important thing is to be there and celebrate this night of wonder

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Project Access Holiday Reception
5:30 PM17:30

Project Access Holiday Reception

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We will honor Project Access physicians, health care facilities, and volunteers who have donated more than $162 million worth of health care services to Hamilton County residents since the program's inception!

Physicians, spouses, practice managers, and other partners are invited to attend,

5:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 14
COS Business Partners & Interiors, 1548 Riverside Dr.

Please RSVP by Dec. 12 at 622-2872 or irene@chattmd.org

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