This is an exceptionally good example of investigative journalism. Erlanger is not only a vital medical resource for Chattanoogans, but a lifeline as well for East Tennessee, North Georgia, and North Alabama. It is funded by tax monies collected from local, regional, state, and federal sources. To jeopardize its medical excellence capabilities with grossly inadequate and inferior protective services is a betrayal of the public trust and mismanagement of the first magnitude. In these times of budget austerity, why would you replace a well-functioning special campus police force with private security guards unable to effectively protect the patients, visitors, staff? And, equally disturbing, at twice the cost! An official inquiry is imperative to determine the full extent of wrongdoing and accounting to the public. One of Erlanger's mottos is, "Above the Rest". Well, that's air ambulance service, not the law, or just basic business ethics 101!
Jerry Summers, one of Chattanooga's ablest and accomplished attorneys, made some very important comments that should wake up our public officials. Whatever the
outcome of this latest incident, Erlanger needs to do some explaining why
someone with his unfit past was even hired. Erlanger is not alone. Memorial
Hospital also hired him as a security guard after the city police department
fired him. Then, he ends up at Erlanger with this controversy. Evidently
these hospitals don't have very high standards and put people at
unnecessary risk. We deserve better!