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Front Page - Friday, February 2, 2018

Children’s Hospital lobby named for Wilson, Williams




Barby Wilson surprises Grady Williams with the announcement of the Tom Edd Wilson and Grady Williams Lobby at Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center. Williams and the late Wilson served as co-chairs for the Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign. - Photograph provided

The new Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center lobby will be named after Grady Williams and the late Tom Edd Wilson for their dedication and support to building a new Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.

The announcement came during Erlanger Health System’s 15th annual Dinner of Distinction honoring community leaders who have made a difference in the region’s healthcare. Presenting the Gordon Street Distinguished Leadership Award to Wilson’s family, Williams gave a tribute to his friend and fellow co-chair for the Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign. Wilson’s wife, Barby, then approached the podium and surprised Williams by announcing the lobby will be named for both him and her husband.

“I know how passionate and devoted both Tom Edd and Grady were about the Believe Campaign and what an impact a new Children’s Hospital could mean for Chattanooga,” Barby said. “For the Erlanger Foundation to recognize their dedication as a team is a distinct and high honor.”

“I’m honored and humbled by the decision to name the lobby after both of us,” Williams said. “Barby’s announcement surprised me. I was thrilled and 100 percent in favor of naming the lobby after Tom Edd alone. I was interested in honoring my dear friend. I never gave any thought to me being honored.”

The new Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center on East Third Street is under construction and expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Information: www.webelieve.build.

Source: Erlanger Health System