Exactly four years ago, a struggling town in Middle Tennessee became home to the largest prison in the state. Since then, the private facility owned by CoreCivic has been plagued by chronic staffing shortages and unsafe conditions.
Tennessee lawmakers are asking the president to approve disaster relief funding for 10 counties affected by a tropical storm in October. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Mark Green sent the letter Monday, a week after the governor requested FEMA money to deal with nearly $22 million worth of damages.
A disproportionate share of the rural hospitals that have closed in the last five years were owned by for-profit companies, including some based in Nashville, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
Listen / The proposed buyout of LifePoint Health, a hospital operator based in Brentwood, sheds some light on the state of rural health care: Analysts say companies that run small-town hospitals have to be leaner and more nimble.
Listen / Governor Bill Haslam is funding a $1 million project to help rural hospitals on the brink of closure. But advocates say that doesn’t mean all of those hospitals can or should be saved.
Listen / Tennessee’s economic development officials want to help rescue rural hospitals. They propose dispatching restructuring specialists to a dozen or more hospitals that are teetering on the edge.
Listen / A newly formed company is set to take over a struggling public hospital in Decatur County. The county commission votes Monday night on whether to accept buyout terms.
Listen / Rural hospitals in Tennessee have been some of the most stressed in the country. Eight communities are getting used to life after losing their only hospital, and more facilities are teetering. So health officials are exploring the options and pointing to the town of Hohenwald, which has made do without a hospital for […]
Listen / In an address that took on the feel of one of his campaign rallies, President Donald Trump touted his record in his first year in office and told farmers gathered in Nashville that they’re “lucky” he was willing to run for the White House and keep out Democrats.
Listen / Tennessee’s reluctance to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is still being blamed for the high number of hospital closures in the state — the most in the U.S. outside of Texas. And this week brings one more. The Decatur County Commission decided to close its only hospital this week, citing the […]