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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.

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.

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