Erlanger stops rape crisis center expansion due to CEO's exit

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System halted a plan to expand its rape crisis services after the hospital's CEO Kevin Spiegel left the organization in September.

Mr. Spiegel was leading a project to expand rape crisis services at the public hospital, according to the Chattanooga Free Times Press.

However, as Mr. Spiegel's departure loomed, some hospital leaders began losing faith in the project, according to the report. Ultimately, Erlanger pulled the plug on the expansion and decided to continue an ongoing relationship with a local rape crisis center, called The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.

"Like other area hospitals, Erlanger has worked very closely with the Partnership Rape Crisis Center with regards to the treatment of sexual assault victims presenting in our emergency rooms. We deeply appreciate and value what we consider a true team effort in the care and treatment of these patients," Erlanger told the Chattanooga Free Times Press.

Erlanger did not rule out possibly revisiting the plan in the future.

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