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Pilot, Haslam family give $5M for East TN Children’s Hospital Emergency Department renovation

Work will include dedicated behavioral health care section.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Knoxville-based Pilot Company and members of the Haslam family are donating $5 million to renovate the Emergency Department at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Fort Sanders.

Department improvements will include dedicated trauma rooms and an expanded lobby. Also, there’ll be a behavioral health care section, “providing safe spaces for patients receiving treatment or awaiting inpatient placement. Sensory-sensitive rooms also will be available.”

It’ll be called the Pilot Emergency Care Center, recognizing those who have worked and will work as Pilot Company team members and their families.

Children’s Hospital President and CEO Matt Schaefer in a news release thanked the Haslam family for the gift.

“I am proud to be part of an organization that runs to where the need is, and humbled to have the backing of the Pilot Company and Haslam family in this effort. The children of

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