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A night getting high on prescription pain medication patches led to the deaths of two Athens, Tenn., men who had been abusing the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

A last-minute bill scheduled for a vote today in the General Assembly could overhaul Erlanger Health System’s board and remove Chattanooga city government’s long-held seats on the panel.

It’s always been hard to shop around for a doctor. Outside of word-of-mouth and personal experience, it’s nearly impossible to compare medical service providers on the type of care they provide, much less the cost.

Tennesseans have picked up more than $100 million in federal tax credits to help pay for health plans bought through the new health insurance marketplace, but that is just a fraction of what they were eligible for during the enrollment period, a new report finds.

Erlanger Health System employees could have easily feared an April Fools’ prank when they read an email memo sent to them Tuesday:

After months of advocating, Erlanger Health System will soon receive a multi-million dollar cash infusion from two key federal funding pools, hospital officials announced Tuesday.

For the first time last year, the majority of babies born in the U.S. were not white.

Emergency-room services are finally going to be revived in Sequatchie County, Tenn.

With the deadline for health insurance signups under the Affordable Care Act looming Monday, local volunteers are holding a signup event at the South Chattanooga Recreation Center.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — In a computer lab at Cleveland State Community College, the sprint to the national health care deadline sounds like fast typing, the crackle of cellphones on speaker, and quiet-yet-direct murmurings about income and family and medical needs.

Erlanger’s Southeast Regional Stroke Center has been awarded the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Turner Ams does not like being called a smoker.

The strange pains would attack without warning, almost as if they were changing with the weather. And every time they hit Katy Mena — young twentysomething, seemingly in her prime — it was something different. An unshakable cold in her legs.

No matter how much planning and painstaking effort they’ve put in to becoming doctors, medical school seniors will have no idea where they’ll spend their first few years as physicians.

When Bridget Hayes started her nursing career in the 1980s, mothers came to the hospital to give birth only when their babies were ready.

After a whirlwind week of meetings with state and federal officials, Erlanger Health System leaders say they are rethinking priorities for the struggling public hospital's immediate future while remaining "optimistic" about gaining new sources of funding.

Part of the intent of the Affordable Care Act was to create what's called the "no wrong door" rule.

Among public hospitals throughout the country, Erlanger Health System provides the greatest amount of safety-net care for the least amount of local government funding, a national public hospital association has determined.

Gov. Bill Haslam says he doesn't feel threatened by legislation passed by fellow Senate Republicans that requires him to obtain legislative approval on any deal he may cut with the Obama administration on expanding Medicaid.

Erlanger Health System's latest strategy to staunch financial losses has hit its most personal note yet, as hospital executives have decided to freeze the paid time off accruals for 4,000 employees from now until July.

As the days dwindle for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during this open enrollment period, two local navigator groups and a local broker agency are partnering in the final push to connect people with coverage.

The state of children's health in the tri-state region can usually be found at the bottom of national health rankings lists.

As the clock struck midnight last night, Parkridge Health System CEO Darrell Moore showed up at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn., to perform his first official task as the rural hospital's new executive:

Erlanger Health System has filed a $20 million lawsuit against Hutcheson Medical Center, on the heels of a $550,000 lawsuit Erlanger filed against the Fort Oglethorpe hospital last month, Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel said.

Erlanger Health System has filed a $20 million lawsuit against Hutcheson Medical Center, on the heels of a $550,000 lawsuit Erlanger filed against the Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., hospital last month, Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel said.

Erlanger officials used the words "silly, ludicrous, and absurd" to describe a letter from Hutcheson Medical Center attorney and former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes seeking $75 million from the Chattanooga hospital.

Erlanger Health System hopes to open a $1 million "comprehensive breast center" at its Erlanger East campus off Gunbarrel Road within the next year.

Erlanger Health System hopes to open a $1 million “comprehensive breast center” at its Erlanger East campus off Gunbarrel Road within the next year.

Erlanger Health System leaders hope a state bill introduced last week could give the public hospital a new lease on life.

A Chattanooga mental health facility has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle federal and state allegations that it made fraudulent claims to the state's Medicaid program over a three-year period.

A Chattanooga 2-year-old is being treated at a local hospital after falling onto a sidewalk Monday afternoon from a window in a third-story Walnut Commons apartment downtown.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation and St. Barnabas Healthcare Center have long been linked by a bridge and a parking lot.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation has announced that it plans to acquire St. Barnabas Healthcare Center.

E.R. in the sky

Those life-saving airlifts don’t come cheap, but now there’s a new way to pay for them

The journey from rural Bledsoe County to the trauma center in Chattanooga can be an hour-plus ambulance ride over mountainous terrain.

A question that's usually too embarrassing to ask even family members has begun confronting drivers across metro Chattanooga.

Every hour counts when it comes to testing newborns for serious illness.

Editor's note: This is the third in an occasional series on the 10 essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act.

At least 14 people in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia have died from flu-related complications this season, as health officials are reporting an increased severity in the virus.

For Chattanooga mom Amy Clarke and her neighbors, the past three days have been one tricky juggling act.

Waking up in the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday, it may have all seemed like a bizarre nightmare.

Call it the inch of snow that started an avalanche.

A strategic partnership forged last year between BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Erlanger Health System is beginning to show fruit, a breakdown of local enrollees through the new health insurance marketplace indicates.

When Hutcheson Medical Center and Erlanger Health System went their separate ways last year, one attorney likened the decision to breaking up but remaining friends.

The road to retirement just took a curve for Erlanger employees.

The road to retirement just took a curve for Erlanger employees.

Tré Johnson fought through his third birthday. He fought through Christmas, and into the New Year.

Hamilton County's fourth-largest employer is the latest to move toward phasing out its pension plan.

Erlanger Health System officials are taking the next steps to phase out the hospital's pension plan and shift employees into a new retirement savings plan.

When Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel envisions the Chattanooga skyline as it could look seven years from now, he sees a new building standing among the ranks of city icons like the Tennessee Aquarium, the Creative Discovery Museum and the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Editor's note: This is the second in an occasional series on the 10 essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act.

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