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Dialysis centers are about to get hit with financial penalties — up to 2 percent of their reimbursements — if they fail to reach certain quality benchmarks, starting in 2012, according to a recently completed federal proposal.

Hutcheson Medical Center will have on-call cardiology coverage at least through mid-December, according to a Friday news release.

A shake-up in Erlanger hospital’s executive structure should bring corporate leaders closer in touch with doctors and the patients they treat, the hospital’s president and chief executive said Wednesday.

Classes at 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gym of Spring Creek Road Baptist Church, 1312 Spring Creek Road, East Ridge. Cost $30 monthly, or $7 per class. There is no joining fee if you join before Sept. 1! For more information, visit www.jazzercise.com or contact Dawn King at 423-838-2784 or e-mail onemoreking@mac.com.

Facing the loss of emergency room coverage in cardiology and pulmonology, Hutcheson Medical Center leaders are trying to line up replacement specialists.

On a recent sweltering day on the east side of Chattanooga, eight children from the Churchville neighborhood perfected their freestyle strokes in the deep end of the Carver Recreation Center community pool.

Erlanger hospital leaders are developing a new adult cardiology practice that officials say rounds out an in-house network of specialty practices, from pediatrics to urology.

NEW YORK — A few months ago, Dr. Thomas Einhorn was treating a patient with a broken ankle that wouldn't heal, even with multiple surgeries. So he sought help from the man's own body.

A leg up

Procedure gives varicose vein patients new option

Dr. Griffin Coates said when his patients walk out of his office he and his wife often get hugs.

The Gastric Band Institute will hold a free seminar on gastric banding (Lap-Band and Realize Band) and the new “sleeve” procedure for people who are 100 pounds overweight, 6 p.m.

Facing declining patient volumes and deepening losses, Hutcheson Medical Center’s leaders are seeking outside advice and weighing options.

Child advocates in Tennessee and Georgia say a recent ranking of states based on child well-being may be painting a too-rosy picture.

Tennessee’s biggest health insurer could use its growing surplus to lower its health care premiums, a new study from Consumers Union suggests.

Erlanger trustees and staff bid an emotional goodbye to outgoing board member Jack Murrah, philanthropist and community leader in Chattanooga, at the hospital’s Thursday night board meeting.

Memorial Health Care System will sponsor a free “Nourishing Your Spirit through the Journey of Cancer “ seminar at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, as part of the Strong and Smart: Living Well With Cancer seminar series.

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