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Kate Harrison

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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.

Grandview Medical Center is familiar territory to Parkridge Health System.

In Tennessee, black babies die within their first year twice as often as white babies.

Old Man Winter has seized the Tennessee Valley in his death grip, and he's not letting the area out of his clutches just yet.

Tabitha Lockwood did not find out that her daughter's health insurance through the state's Medicaid program had been discontinued until she was already at the doctor.

Youth appears to be no match for the flu this year.

There is about to be a scene change in the drama surrounding the unfolding of the Affordable Care Act: Off the website and into the doctor's office.

Scout Beam flips through the scrapbooks on her kitchen counter, scanning page after page filled with photos of friends and family.

Elizabeth and Rick Thornburgh had finished wrapping the presents and placed them under the tree: a homemade blanket, trains and books for her 4-year-old son, Nick; and a little lamb bed and a Leapfrog baby laptop for her 4-month-old daughter, Violet.

Many of workers in the labor and the delivery unit at Hutcheson Medical Center had been there long enough to watch the babies they delivered return to have babies of their own.

For 52 years, thousands of North Georgians drew their first breaths in the delivery room at the hospital now known as Hutcheson Medical Center.

Hutcheson Medical Center trustees voted Wednesday night to suspend all labor and delivery services on Dec. 31 — which will involve cutting staff — as a part of the troubled hospital's strategic plan to "return the hospital to profitability."

Blame it on holiday cheer, New Year's optimism, or too much eggnog. No matter how unlikely the odds, hope springs eternal at gas stations and stores across the tri-state region today as scores of people line up to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets.

Tennessee may be able to open another front in its war against rampant prescription drug abuse through a rule under the new federal health care law requiring health insurance plans to cover substance abuse treatment.

For years, the Hamilton County school system has used its generous health insurance plan as a recruiting tool, a way to make up for relatively lower teacher wages. And it was easy to sell. With low copayments and hospital visits at only $100, the plan offers nearly incomparable coverage.

It is a common drama played out this time of year: A co-worker or spouse contracts the flu. Remaining on the offensive may mean a quick trip to the doctor's office, a flu test and a prescription.

While Tennessee's biggest health insurer will give individual policy holders another year before they must come under the requirements of the new health reform law, small businesses facing cancellations will not be granted the same reprieve.

Retirees from Erlanger Health System, Hamilton County's fourth-largest employer, will see their health insurance rates triple next year as the hospital joins a growing trend of employers backing away from such a benefit.

Chattanooga-area navigators and brokers say they are finally gaining traction on — with some navigators being able to walk consumers through the entire signup process for the first time in the two months since the site was launched.

Fluid traffic. Plenty of parking spaces. Short lines. Easygoing shoppers strolling through store aisles, sipping coffee.

Jaime Simonds' never-ending day begins at 5:45 a.m., give or take a few minutes for one of the 11 alarms she has set to jostle her awake.

A tragedy that flared in scorching heat reached its culmination as weather forecasters called for snow over Bradley County.

A Bradley County judge today sentenced Tasha Bates to two consecutive life sentences to run concurrentlywith 40 years for aggravated child neglect and drug charges.

Thousands of Tennesseans were able to breathe sighs of relief last week when the state announced that their canceled health insurance policies would stay in force for another year.

Surrounded by people in suits and white coats, Jimmie Lee took his seat in the Erlanger hospital board room Thursday in his blue floor tech jumpsuit.

Tennessee health insurance plans considered dead under the Affordable Care Act may be revived for another year.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that the state will allow insurance companies to extend health insurance policies cancelled under the Affordable Care Act for one year.

Citing savings and a need to focus more exclusively on medical services, Erlanger Health System is one step closer to outsourcing all of its food and housekeeping services.

Erlanger Health System is one step closer to outsourcing all of its food and housekeeping services.

For tens of thousands of Tennesseans facing the prospect of canceled plans under the Affordable Care Act, the past month has been nothing short of a roller coaster.

At the start of yet another marathon of formal introductions, receptions and handshakes, Opher Aviran took a few moments to pause Thursday morning in the biting cold outside Whitwell Middle School.

About 250 Erlanger employees could be moved off the hospital's payroll as executives announce a plan to outsource all housekeeping and food services.

It sounds like a dream conjured by a group of visionary twenty- or thirty-somethings.

Scam artists don't need a lot of special knowledge about the Affordable Care Act to take advantage of their newest round of victims.

With lots of blood, plenty of gore, and — every now and then — a nail or bone protruding from an arm, the Hamilton County Health Department could have easily doubled as the set of a horror film Wednesday morning.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation has hired its second CEO in its 25-year history.

In the Chattanooga area, two parks and a highway are named after Charles Coolidge. But starting next week his name and face will be celebrated across the country.

Signal Mountain resident Charles Coolidge, 92, will be one of a dozen World War II Medal of Honor recipients to be featured on a new set of stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service this month.

Seven months into his new role as Erlanger hospital's CEO, Kevin Spiegel is fully aware he will rock the boat as he proposes a major shift in employees' retirement plans.

Erlanger Health System is moving ahead with the purchase a $4.5 million high-tech scanner that executives hope will serve future cancer and neuroscience centers at the hospital.

Erlanger Health System is moving ahead with the purchase a $4.5 million high-tech scanner that executives hopes will serve future cancer and neuroscience centers at the hospital.

Mary Lakes doesn't know if she still would be alive if it wasn't for the Homeless Health Care Center.

For nearly three weeks, about three times a day, Muriel Hassell would sit down at her computer, type "" into the browser, and click the green button that says "Apply Now."

With chronic problems crippling the federal health care website, local counselors and insurance brokers say they are holding off on their efforts to enroll people in insurance plans through the site until late November.

Erlanger Health System trustees broke into applause Thursday night after voting unanimously to stop hiring tobacco users.

Erlanger Health System has appointed Jeffrey Woodard as its new chief legal officer.

In health care, there are patients and doctors; machines and medicines; office staffs and insurance companies.

A unanimous vote from an Erlanger Health System committee has paved the way for the hospital and city to keep their promise to the community to turn five acres of Lincoln Park property into a historical park.

By this time next month, all three of Chattanooga's hospitals will have kicked the tobacco habit.

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