Erlanger Neurology, Southeastern Regional Stroke Center
Supporting Patients On the Road to Recovery
As a nurse practitioner in the out-patient neurology department at Erlanger, Caleb Heath cares for people with a variety of neurologic conditions, including stroke, TIA, migraine, and seizures. “Every day I see patients who, upon their arrival to the emergency department, were unable to speak and paralyzed on one side of their body,” Heath explains. “Seeing these people truly get a second chance after successful stroke treatment never gets old.” In his 10th year at Erlanger, Heath has helped hundreds of patients on their road to recovery, and he looks forward to continuing that care in the future. “I have been incredibly fortunate to work with an outstanding group of physicians and nurse practitioners at Erlanger Neurology,” Heath says. “I am proud to be part of such an amazing team and proud of the care we provide.”
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – Chattanooga, TN
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I enjoy building relationships with my patients and their families and being able to celebrate with them as they hit milestones during stroke recovery. Sometimes that requires creativity and adaptation.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
There are no substitutes and no shortcuts for the basics – good sleep, a healthy diet, and regular exercise. These things are non-negotiable for good health.
3. What influenced you to pursue your career?
My brother had a stroke at age 23 and was actually treated here at Erlanger. He received outstanding care and recovered extremely well. Seeing that life-changing work from that perspective really sparked my interest in neurology.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I am an encourager. The reality of my job is that many of my patients are experiencing the most difficult season of their life, and the weight of that can hit at different times for patients and caregivers. I strive to provide them with as much hope as possible.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your patients?
LISTEN! You can’t take good care of someone unless you actually listen to what they are telling you. When diagnosing neurological problems, taking a thorough and detailed history is by far the most important part.