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Emily Bregel

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Pat Rice has devoted the last five years of her life to working practically around-the-clock at a residential home for mentally ill patients in Ringgold, Ga.

Four Erlanger Health System employees have filed a federal civil lawsuit against the health system, alleging violations of equal pay and fair labor standards laws.

The flu season isn't yet in full swing, but experts say vaccines are plentiful and many people already are lining up for shots.

The publicly appointed board of the hospital authority that owns Hutcheson Medical Center took steps Monday to shed light on the struggling hospital's financial situation.

Descendants of T.C. Thompson, a former Chattanooga mayor who helped found the region's only children's hospital at Erlanger Health System, bristled this week at reported plans to rename the hospital that has borne his name since 1929.

The newly elected board chairwoman for the Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers said Thursday that she usually prefers to remain in the background but is eager to give back to the health centers where she's received treatment for years.

Trying to counter the fear and confusion surrounding Alzheimer's disease, a local geriatrician worked Thursday to dispel common myths, including the false notion that the neurological condition isn't fatal.

Pay raises totaling $4 million are in the works for Erlanger Health System's 4,200 employees, following the Erlanger budget committee's approval of a resolution authorizing the updates.

After a year in limbo, Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe has found an interventional cardiologist to staff its updated cardiac catheterization lab.

Prescription for concern

Pharmaceutical companies' payments to doctors raise questions amid soaring U.S. drug costs

In the past two years, Tennessee doctors and other health professionals have pocketed more than $7.2 million in payments from pharmaceutical companies, often in exchange for speaking to colleagues about the uses and benefits of prescription drugs, according to a database compiled by investigative news nonprofit ProPublica.

Medical technology company Glenveigh Medical in Chattanooga is getting nearly half a million dollars in federal grants to pay for research that officials expect will boost America's role in biomedical research.

A proposed subacute care unit at Erlanger North could fill a treatment gap for patients with medical needs too complex to be addressed in a skilled nursing facility like a nursing home, but who no longer need intensive hospital care, officials said Wednesday.

Improvements in Tennessee's infant mortality and high school dropout rates show the potential for public policies to make inroads into social problems, said an advocate for children's health.

In 1995 after David Kaczynski read the anti-technology manifesto of the Unabomber -- a mysterious mailbomber wanted by the FBI for nearly two decades -- he recognized the writings of his older brother, Ted.

It's a common form of sticker shock: After a hospital stay, an insured patient gets home to find an explanation of benefits form listing charges in the thousands, or tens of thousands, of dollars.

A few years ago Kathy Tiska, of Dunlap, Tenn., took in her ailing 82-year-old aunt, who has Alzheimer's disease and no other family to care for her.

The City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to take off the weeks before and after Christmas. Councilman Jack Benson and Councilwoman Pam Ladd voted against the measure.

Chattanooga's two nonprofit hospitals each claim about 40 percent of the local market, yet one of them -- Erlanger Health System -- shouldered nearly 80 percent of the free hospital care provided to poor patients who aren't expected to pay their bills last year, according to the most recent data reported to the state.

For the sixth year running, thousands of rowers and spectators have flooded into Chattanooga for the nation's second-largest rowing regatta, held this weekend on the Tennessee River.

Hamilton Health Care System officials laid off 31 employees Monday as part of an effort to cut millions from the Dalton, Ga., hospital’s budget, officials said Tuesday.

Thirty-one more employees at Hamilton Health Care System were laid off Monday as part of an effort to cut millions from the Dalton, Ga. hospital’s budget, officials said today.

New and little-known changes under federal health care reform could throw a kink into patients' use of tax-exempt medical spending accounts.

Benny Dunn, who turns 64 next month, is a full-fledged member of the baby boomer generation.

In need of a lifeline, officials at Hutcheson Medical Center announced Thursday they have settled on Erlanger Health System as a partner to help ensure the community hospital's survival.

For 26-year-old Danny Frasier, spending the last five Halloweens working haunted houses is not just fulfilling -- it's hugely entertaining.

Leaders of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga hope to expand the two-year program for third- and fourth-year medical students into a full four-year program, the college’s dean said Thursday.

Hutcheson Medical Center leaders this morning said they will partner with Erlanger Health System to ensure the Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., hospital remains a viable part of the area’s health care network.

Hamilton Health Care System in Dalton, Ga., is eliminating about 140 positions as part of an effort to cut $12 million from its budget, officials said Tuesday.

By responding to feedback from local pediatricians, T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital leaders are hoping to boost dampened admissions to the pediatric care facility, officials said Monday at Erlanger Health System’s monthly budget and finance committee meeting.

By 9 a.m. on a recent morning, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Homeless Health Care Center was packed, said patient Wilfred Smith as he waited for a cancer screening at the first-come, first-served health clinic.

Driven by Hutcheson Medical Center's $7.3 million loss in fiscal year 2009, members of the hospital's board will meet Monday and could decide between two Chattanooga-based nonprofit health systems seeking a partnership with the embattled medical facility.

A mother of three, Jessica Griffis was bewildered as she watched her voraciously hungry infant Gwyneth eat and eat, and continue to lose weight, month after month.

A descendant of Erlanger Health System’s first benefactor and namesake gazed at a sculpture of her great-grandmother at the hospital’s downtown Baroness campus Monday during the Englishwoman’s first visit to her ancestors’ legacy hospital.

By reaching age 1 with his kidneys still functioning, Shafer Daves has already exceeded his doctors’ expectations, his mother said.

Thousands of middle-class, working families can expect to get billions in tax breaks in Tennessee and Georgia under health care reform, though some other — mainly more affluent — people will face higher taxes under the sweeping law.

Tennessee transportation officials are hoping bicyclists’ feedback will help them pave the way for smoother riding in the Volunteer State.

Managers at Erlanger Health System will have to turn a bigger profit to earn bonuses next year, if trustees approve proposed new standards.

The future of Hutcheson Medical Center should become clearer in the next couple weeks after board leaders evaluate proposals from two Chattanooga health systems vying for a partnership with the struggling community hospital.

The number of uninsured hospital admissions in Hamilton County more than doubled between 2004 and 2008, leaving local hospitals with barely three in 10 patients who have private insurance to pay for their care, according to a new report on health in the Chattanooga region.

Aiming to keep flu outbreaks in check after last year’s pandemic virus, local hospitals are telling employees to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.

In anticipation of the new federal high-risk insurance plan approved under health care reform, Tennessee’s own state-run high-risk pool will stop accepting new members this month.

Transportation planners are facing a grim road.

A new HIV prevention program in Georgia aims to reduce the high rate of infection among gay and bisexual men — the only group in which infection rates are rising — and make inroads against an AIDS problem that is among the nation’s worst.

When he was laid off in early 2009, James Matthews was one month away from logging 20 years with his employer, Chattanooga General Services.

In the 1980s, Chris Gardner and his toddler-age son spent nights sleeping in whatever shelter they could find.

State Sen. Bo Watson raised his clenched fists in mock frustration as he tried to convey without words where he earned his physical therapy degree.

Despite lagging admissions during the economic recession, Erlanger hospital brought in $8.5 million in operating profits in the fiscal year that ended June 30, compared to $10.8 million the previous year, officials said Monday.

With thousands of dollars in federal incentive payments enticing doctors to use electronic health records, more are considering the move to a paperless system, local doctors and practice administrators say.

Erlanger Health System’s financial status got some national attention this month when a major financial publication ranked the safety net provider as the 12th most profitable hospital in the country.

Construction is officially under way on a sprawling health facility at the Volkswagen auto assembly plant, which planners say will improve the health of local VW employees as well as residents of the Ooltewah region.

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