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After a brief reprieve over the snowy holidays, the flu season has picked up steam in Chattanooga.

Even as they negotiate with Erlanger hospital, Hutcheson Medical Center leaders have received a partnership offer from a for-profit hospital system based in Franklin, Tenn.

Aiming to make CT scans safer and less scary for young patients, T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital unveiled a new 64-slice CT scanner Tuesday, the only dedicated pediatric scanner in the region, officials said.

Despite Hutcheson Medical Center's deepening losses, the Fort Oglethorpe hospital's president and CEO has taken home a compensation package that's grown year after year.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has received a waiver from certain provisions of the health care reform bill to maintain the state's limited-benefit CoverTN plan for the next few years, state officials said.

Erlanger Health System executives took home bigger bonuses in December compared with the awards paid out the year before, despite recording lower profits.

A nationwide surge in cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has local doctors and pharmacists pressing for broader immunization against the highly contagious, potentially deadly bacterial infection.

Memorial Hospital will break ground this spring on a long-awaited expansion project estimated at $380 million, the largest investment in health care construction that Hamilton County has seen.

Sequatchie County leaders still are holding out hope of resurrecting emergency medical care for local residents following the September loss of the county's sole emergency room.

Leaders of the Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers assured Alton Park residents there are no immediate plans to close Ohls Avenue to make room for a new community health center.

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