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A bill proposed in the Tennessee General Assembly would allow courts to order outpatient treatment for people with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, who could be dangerous if not treated.

Trustees of the Hospital Authority that owns Hutcheson Medical Center heard a brief pitch from a for-profit hospital management firm that specializes in rural hospitals, at a special called meeting Friday night.

Five months into partnership negotiations between Hutcheson Medical Center and Erlanger Health System, trustees of the authority that owns Hutcheson plan to hear a proposal from a for-profit hospital management company tonight.

Trustees of the hospital authority that owns Hutcheson Medical Center have called a meeting for Friday to hear alternatives to partnering with Erlanger Health System, according to a document obtained by the Times Free Press.

Hamilton County ranked in the top-25 healthiest counties in Tennessee in a new national survey but also was listed among the five worst counties in the state for environmental factors such as air pollution.

Grundy County narrowly avoided the distinction of the least healthy of Tennessee’s 95 counties, coming in at No. 94 in a second-annual national listing of counties by health status within their state.

Deemed a hazard and a liability, the historic Engel Stadium in downtown Chattanooga has been boarded up and locked down by city officials, at least for the near future.

Dietitians with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department on Tuesday tried to help shoppers better navigate the grocery store labyrinth with a workshop and tour of the Bi-Lo grocery store in Red Bank.

For thrill seekers, nature lovers or sports enthusiasts, the mountains and waterways surrounding Chattanooga are a playground of endless potential.

Whether it’s a midnight emergency or weekend broken leg, many area hospitals offer emergency services around the clock or urgent care after hours and on weekends.

The sight of sheriff’s deputies taking handcuffs off apparent prisoners and leaving them on their own for care at Hutcheson Medical Center has unnerved emergency room personnel and prompted complaints.

Lawyers involved in the Hutcheson Medical Center and Erlanger Health System negotiations are disputing a legal opinion calling a management agreement between the two hospitals illegal, but nonetheless amending the contract.

Erlanger Health System trustees gave final approval Thursday to a resolution outsourcing the hospital’s security to Chattanooga-based Walden Security at the hospital’s monthly board meeting.

An attorney for Hutcheson Medical Center Inc. is blaming Walker County leaders for hold-ups in negotiations over a management agreement with Erlanger Health System, according to an email obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The indefinite suspension of an Erlanger security officer, who was passing out fliers protesting the hospital’s move to outsource security to a private firm, hasn’t deterred other security staff members from voicing their vehement opposition to the change.

Erlanger Health System budget committee members voted tonight to outsource the hospital’s security department to Chattanooga-based Walden Security, one of the nation’s largest security firms.

Georgia health officials are warning of the risk of measles in response to reports of cases of the infectious disease throughout the U.S.

Some faraway relatives of former Chattanooga Mayor T.C. Thompson are incensed about a rebranding of Erlanger Health System’s pediatric hospital that removes Thompson’s name from marketing materials.

The latest version of a partnership proposal between Hutcheson Medical Center and Erlanger Health System was resubmitted Thursday to Erlanger by the Walker County commissioner.

Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said today she submitted a revised proposal to Erlanger Health System regarding a partnership with Hutcheson Medical Center.

T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital has been rebranded as Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, although the Chattanooga mayor for whom it is named is still part of the “official name,” according to hospital leaders.

Erlanger Health System trustees are expected to vote next week on a resolution to outsource the hospital’s security operations to Walden Security, the Chattanooga-based company that won Erlanger’s competitive bid process.

A bill that appears to criminalize miscarriage, introduced in the Georgia General Assembly by a Marietta legislator, has riled national women’s advocates.

County leaders in two North Georgia counties say they aren’t so sure they will support a management agreement largely worked out this weekend between Erlanger executives and leaders of Hutcheson Medical Center Inc.

Erlanger Health System board Chairman Dan Quarles announced today that Erlanger’s board of trustees will consider a proposed management agreement with Hutcheson Medical Center as soon as he receives an assurance that Dade, Catoosa and Walker counties will guarantee Erlanger’s investment in the community hospital.

The questions fly in the face of a medical concept that seems indisputable: The earlier the diagnosis, the better.

Guidelines released in 2009 suggesting some screening tests are overused provoked a backlash locally among breast cancer survivors, advocacy groups promoting screenings and some patients.

Our addiction to constant live updates on Facebook, the latest iPhone app and the ever-constant flickering of the TV is taking its toll on Americans’ sleep, according to local sleep specialists and a new poll on sleep habits.

Hutcheson hospital leaders are meeting today to review the latest—and likely final—draft of a partnership agreement with Erlanger Health System, and could cast their votes on the contract as early as next week, hospital leaders said.

None of Hutcheson Medical Center’s leaders, nor county commissioners, were spared the frustration and anger of North Georgia residents at a public town hall meeting held Thursday, where residents peppered county leaders with questions about the future of the struggling community hospital.

Close to 200 concerned community members turned out for a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the future of Hutcheson Medical Center, the embattled Fort Oglethorpe community hospital.

To the dismay of many local new moms, Parkridge East has closed its lactation center and discontinued a free weekly support group for breast-feeding mothers.

Eleanor Bryan didn’t have any warning last month that the company repairing her husband’s wheelchair was going out of business.

Local pharmacists are coping with the worst drug shortage in their memories, affecting medicines that range from antibiotics and pain medications to anesthetics and life-saving chemotherapy drugs.

The $3 million in public funds that Erlanger Health System has received each year for decades could be in jeopardy this spring.

The 15-year-old baseball player stood on the pitcher’s mound, with two players on base and a big hitter coming up to bat.

Fed up with being kept out of the loop, leaders of Walker, Dade and Catoosa County are demanding that their county-appointed trustees start playing a lead role in partnership negotiations with Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, according to a letter obtained by the Times Free Press.

Cardiovascular disease, including congenital heart defects, is the second-leading killer of people under age 21, second only to accidents, according to a Vanderbilt University research scientists who spoke at Memorial Hospital today.

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.

After years of multimillion-dollar losses, Hutcheson Medical Center President and CEO Charles Stewart will collect $325,000 in severance pay.

Hutcheson ex-CEO's severance still a mystery

As the disabled daughter of a single mother struggling to make ends meet, Bonnie St. John was floored when a rich, white friend invited her to go skiing with her family.

Patrick Sharrock's first broken bone occurred in the womb.

Though it took him until age 5 to learn to walk and until age 16 to tie his shoes, Roger Crawford said he wouldn't trade the underdeveloped arms and legs with which he was born.

Relief seemed to be the overriding reaction to the resignation of Hutcheson Medical Center's embattled president and CEO, Charles Stewart, among hospital staff and leaders.

A 60-day due diligence period has come and gone and anxiety is growing among Hutcheson Medical Center employees as they await details of a partnership agreement between the Fort Oglethorpe community hospital and Erlanger Health System.

Hutcheson Medical Center's resistance to open records laws has irked county commissioners and trustees of the Hospital Authority of Dade, Catoosa and Walker Counties.

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