Erlanger VP resigns over patient safety concerns: 'I can no longer in good conscience remain in my role'

Erlanger Health System's vice president of patient safety and quality resigned July 12 amid serious patient safety and care quality concerns at the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based system, reports the Times Free Press.

"I can no longer in good faith and good conscience remain in my role," Pam Gordon said in a July 1 resignation letter obtained by the Times Free Press.

"This has caused me health issues and many sleepless nights," she continued. "I am leaving employment to seek other opportunities that better align my professional passion and skillset."

Ms. Gordon worked at Erlanger for two and a half years. Her departure comes nearly three months after the system's medical executive committee sent a letter to Erlanger's board of trustees, citing concerns over operational and patient safety issues. The medical staff issued a no-confidence vote directed at several executive leaders.

In a statement to the Times Free Press, Erlanger said its external care quality and patient safety scores have "objectively improved" under Ms. Gordon's leadership.

"We do wish Ms. Gordon well in her new position and look forward to evaluating and assessing this important role at our health system," the hospital said.

Editor's note: This article was updated July 18 at 11:38 a.m.

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