History

Who We Are

In 1969, ground was broken in downtown Chattanooga for Parkridge Medical Center, one of the first hospitals built by the Hospital Corporation of America. Parkridge Medical Center's doors opened in 1971, built entirely with private investor capital and without any expense to local taxpayers.

Parkridge has grown over the years to keep pace with the developing needs of residents throughout the tri-state region by continuing to expand both its campus and its services. Today, Parkridge is known for state-of-the-art technology, quality care and dedication to patient satisfaction.

Based on a strong foundation of medical and surgical services, Parkridge offers a full array of cardiac, orthopaedic, and emergency care options. The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, built in 2003, provides care focused on both the physical and emotional needs of the patient. SCCC was the first Cancer Center in the area to offer an Oncology Nurse Navigator who directs each patient's care from diagnosis to recovery.

Our commitment to healthcare technology and innovative procedures is nothing new. Parkridge Medical Center has been home to many medical firsts for the community it serves. Parkridge was the first to install a permanent magnetic resonance imager (MRI) within the hospital. A Parkridge patient was the region’s first recipient of an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Parkridge was the first hospital in the region to offer a full-service GI lab, mobile MRI, and linear accelerator technology for cancer treatment.

Parkridge was the first to offer patients the advantages of da Vinci robotic surgery in 2002. In 2012 we created the Center for Robotic Surgery at Parkridge East Hospital, offering patients services by the most experienced robotic surgery team in the region.

Parkridge East Hospital underwent a cosmetic facelift in 2013 that included new amenities in patient rooms, warm color schemes in public and private areas, and expanded services for greater patient convenience. In its 40th year, the hospital's reputation as a high quality healthcare provider continues to grow.