Vanderbilt University Medical Center will become the first hospital system in the region to require COVID vaccination of employees, starting with those in leadership roles.
Residents of an East Nashville apartment complex will be moved to Madison as the owner prepares to tear it down and rebuild.
Tennessee will resume school-based vaccination events next week after putting them on hold over concerns from state legislators. The state health department will also continue providing the vaccine to older teens without parental consent if necessary, which is what Republican leaders had expressed urgent concerned about.
Lawmakers on the Government Operations Committee met Wednesday and made no mention of dissolving the state’s health department, as suggested at a meeting in June.
The attorneys general in Tennessee and North Carolina have reached a settlement with drug companies that could be one of the largest payouts for opioid litigation. Now, they have to convince 4,000 cities, counties and states to drop their pending litigation and sign on.
The country’s largest hospital company, based in Nashville, released its second quarter earnings Tuesday. HCA has experienced a strong rebound from COVID-19 and is mostly back to treating patients on par with pre-pandemic levels.
Serious crimes in the state fell by 5% in 2020. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual crime report, and law enforcement authorities say the pandemic is responsible for much of the downturn.
COVID hospitalizations have doubled in Tennessee since the Fourth of July — from 195 to 408. It’s a manageable number — given hospitals cared for more than 3,300 COVID patients at one point in January — but a worrying trend in a state with less than 40% of residents fully vaccinated.
A WPLN News investigation finds the Tennova Lebanon hospital sued more than 1,000 patients over the past two years after striking a deal to be sold. And hundreds of those suits — in Wilson, Davidson and Rutherford counties — were filed during the pandemic.
Goodlettsville-based Dollar General, with 17,000 stores nationwide, is launching into health care, starting with the hiring of a “chief medical officer” and hinting at offering in-store services on a large scale in the future.