Instead of trying to back away from Nashville’s commitment to fund a public hospital, the city is now on a path to increase its contribution. Mayor John Cooper’s budget proposal includes $49 million for Metro General — a 14% increase.
Health officials in Tennessee spent the past week defending why they didn’t promptly begin vaccinations when the state received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer on Monday. A week later, those doses will go to Nashville General Hospital, according to spokesperson Sherry Gibbs.
Metro’s finance director and the leadership of the city-funded Nashville General Hospital are at odds over the budget and whether federal relief funds were concealed as city leaders scrambled to finalize the city’s spending plan.
Listen / Nashville General Hospital has recovered some of its financial footing after the threat of closure in late 2017, when the safety-net facility required a cash infusion just to make payroll. General Hospital is requesting less money from the city next year, bucking the national trend of rising health care costs and reversing years […]
Listen / Auditors are chiding Nashville General Hospital for lax use of credit cards, racking up $400,000 in charges over two years without much documentation to support the spending. The findings are part of a broader audit, monitoring progress in the cash-strapped hospital paying its bills on time.
The Nashville Hospital Authority gave their CEO a favorable performance review Monday night — while apologizing for it being his first evaluation since being hired in 2015. The board also decided to keep him on for three more years, and to give him raises, though not starting until next year, citing the city’s current budget crunch.
Listen / The failed attempt by former Mayor Megan Barry to downsize Nashville General Hospital has meant no candidate for the city’s top job is following her lead. Even the conservatives in the race say it’s not a matter of whether to keep General Hospital, but how.
Listen / The precarious finances of Nashville General Hospital have made the safety-net facility even more expensive to run. Administrators are asking the city for a targeted investment of tax dollars to cut down on some recurring costs.
Listen / Megan Barry’s resignation as Nashville’s mayor basically ends months of debate about whether to close General Hospital. David Briley pushed back against the mayor’s plans, even before he took over her job.
Listen / The leader of the national trade group representing public hospitals warns that Nashville will end up paying for indigent care, one way or another. Mayor Megan Barry has paused plans to close inpatient services at Nashville General but still wants a cost-reduction plan by the end of the year.