Erlanger Health System vice president resigns amid patient safety, quality concerns

Erlanger Health System is located at 979 E. 3rd Street in Chattanooga.

Erlanger Health System's vice president of patient safety and quality has resigned from her role at the hospital, according to a letter obtained through open records.

In a resignation letter dated July 1, Pam Gordon said she could "no longer in good faith and good conscience remain in my role ... this has caused me health issues and many sleepless nights. I am leaving employment to seek other opportunities that better align my professional passion and skillset.

"I wish Erlanger the best. So many compassionate, wonderful people work extremely hard every day to make a difference for their patients."

Erlanger officials redacted a portion of the letter, claiming it contains privileged patient safety and quality improvement information.

Gordon's resignation comes after a letter from leading physicians on the Medical Executive Committee, which oversees patient safety and quality at the hospital, outlined concerns about chronic operational issues, including inefficiency, understaffing, poor morale and policies that cause overcrowding in the emergency department and operating rooms.