Documents show Erlanger's physician contract flap breeding culture of distrust, threatening hospital's flagship stroke program

Erlanger Health System

Erlanger Health System administration's pattern of disrupting physician contracts is threatening the hospital's flagship stroke program and breeding a culture of distrust among the hospital's medical staff, according to documents obtained by the Times Free Press.

Letters sent to Erlanger's Board of Trustees reveal that Erlanger plans to terminate its exclusivity contract with Tennessee Interventional and Imaging Associates, or TIIA, if the group doesn't agree to a contract amendment that would give Erlanger additional control of the group and potentially open the door for a trustee on Erlanger's board - Dr. Blaise Baxter - to provide interventional radiology coverage at Erlanger East Hospital.

The group is the backbone of Erlanger's Southeast Regional Stroke Center, which serves patients in a 5,500-square-mile area and is one of the largest, most accomplished stroke centers in the nation, according to Erlanger's website.