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One fundraiser called it “the building of dreams.”

Some Medicare Advantage and TennCare patients insured through United Healthcare may lose their current doctors as the insurer cuts Tennessee physicians to narrow those networks.

Even after voting this week to give Hamilton County more control over Erlanger Health System’s board of trustees, county leaders aren’t ready to boost local financial support for the public hospital.

Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday announced a seven-point, multi-agency plan to combat Tennesseeans’ “epidemic” abuse of prescription painkillers in a state that ranks No. 2 nationally for per-capita use of opioids.

After hearing that U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki had resigned from his post amid deepening revelations of problems in the VA health system, there was a part of veteran John Inman that felt disappointed.

Even without expanding Medicaid, both Tennessee and Georgia have seen an uptick of people enrolling in these safety-net health care programs — meaning both states are facing rising Medicaid costs.

Once the wheels start hitting the slopes of Lookout Mountain and North Chattanooga’s Kent Street on Monday, both inclines will quickly become the bitter enemies of many American professional cyclists.

With the motto “we practice what we teach” dotting advertisements for years, Erlanger Health System’s identity as a teaching hospital has long been one of its biggest selling points.

Peering into the ultrasound screen four months into pregnancy, parents can just begin to detect their little one’s tiny facial features. A little nose. Eye sockets. the curve of a lip, if you look closely enough.

In the halls of Calhoun High School hangs one clock that’s different from all the others.

Gilmer County, Ga., sheriff’s officials are investigating a reported rape that allegedly took place at a cabin where two dozen young people were partying after Calhoun High School’s prom last Saturday.

For over three hours, over $200 in cash and a few coins sat on the edge of a table in a Hamilton County Chancery Courtroom as an East Ridge couple and an attorney for the county’s sewer authority argued about how that money could change hands.

Gilmer County, Ga. sheriff's officials are investigating a reported rape that took place at a cabin where two dozen young people were partying after Calhoun High School's prom last Saturday.

Tennessee health officials are investigating five measles cases that have broken out over the last month — the highest count the state has seen in nearly 20 years.

When Margie Pendergrass wheeled her 96-year-old mother through the doors of Alexian Village’s new Health and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, the first thing she noticed was just how little it felt like a nursing home.

Hospitals are not always the place to get better.

Erlanger Health System is ending a seven-year contract with its onsite diagnostic radiology group, meaning several doctors will be replaced at the hospital this summer, executives said Monday.

The camels paid no mind as the bulky white computer cart rumbled past their pen Wednesday afternoon.

Most Tennesseans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act opted for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee plans, a new report from the company shows.

J.B. Bennett easily won the Republican primary for an open judge seat in Hamilton County Circuit Court.

With a wide margin, Pam McNutt Fleenor has won the race for an open chancellor seat in Hamilton County Chancery Court Part 1.

J.B. Bennett has taken a commanding lead in the primary for an open judge seat in Hamilton County Circuit Court.

Pam McNutt Fleenor has taken the lead in the race for an open chancellor seat in Hamilton County Chancery Court Part 1.

Shortly after polls closed today, J.B. Bennett has a strong lead in the race for an open judge seat in Hamilton County Circuit Court.

Even the subtlest motions that 5-year-old Jeremiah Williams makes in the therapy room are loaded with importance.

No one wants to see babies born dependent on drugs. It’s easy for lawmakers, medical groups and women’s rights advocates to agree on that.

A surge of Georgia residents signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in the final month of enrollment, with 220,000 applications streaming in before the March 31 deadline.

After a two-month freeze on vacation time accrual, Erlanger Health System’s 4,500 employees soon will begin building time off again, the hospital’s CEO announced Wednesday.

Grandview Medical Center will soon become Parkridge West Hospital.

After a two month freeze, Erlanger Health System's 4,500 employees will soon be able to start building vacation time again, the hospital's CEO announced today.

After two dismal months of heavy losses and a series of cutbacks that included freezing employees’ vacation time, Erlanger Health System finally saw some sun in March.

Erlanger Health System reported a $1.9 million profit for the month of March.

Days after state lawmakers passed legislation overhauling how trustees are appointed to the Erlanger Health System board, hospital leaders are trying to understand what the changes mean for the organization’s future.

Chattanooga on the sick list

Despite its outdoor mecca status, Chattanooga ranked among lowest in nation for well-being

The home to the Ironman competition, the U.S.A. Cycling championships, and the largest downtown climbing complex in the country has also just been named one of the least healthy cities in America.

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.

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