Public Health Advisory Concerning Electronic Cigarettes
  • Statement of TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner on Certificate of Public Advantage for Northeast Tennessee

    Friday, January 13, 2017 | 9:41am

    NASHVILLE – Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance have asked the state for a Certificate of Public Advantage to allow a merger, which would result in less competition for health care services in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Due to the size of the region, the size of the population impacted and the involvement of two states, this is an unprecedented proposal, not only in Tennessee but across the country. The Tennessee Department of Health takes its role in this process very seriously on behalf of Tennesseans.

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  • Emma, William Maintain Titles as Tennessee's Top Baby Names

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 10:02am

    NASHVILLE – Emma and William are the most popular names chosen by new Tennessee parents for their babies born in 2016. Names chosen for babies are recorded and tallied by the dedicated team in the Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records, which registers some 240,000 new records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces every year.

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  • TDH Issues Updated Public Health Advisory on E-cigarettes

    Monday, January 09, 2017 | 10:23am

    Evolving Research & Recent Regulatory Actions Increase Concerns about Impacts to Health

    NASHVILLE – In February of 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health issued its first public health advisory on electronic nicotine delivery systems. After reviewing a growing body of unbiased, scientific research, TDH is issuing an updated advisory that provides more information and urges current and potential users to understand new evidence of risks associated with e-cigarettes and similar devices.

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  • Admissions to Brookhaven Manor Suspended

    Thursday, December 22, 2016 | 1:25pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Brookhaven Manor effective December 19, 2016 and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $5,001. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

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  • Holiday Activities May Increase Your Risk For Influenza

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 9:00am

    NASHVILLE – It’s that time of year.  As many are mingling with large numbers of people while shopping, attending parties, participating in religious celebrations or traveling, the risk for encountering someone infected with influenza increases.  At the same time, the influenza virus is beginning to affect more people as the winter flu season approaches its peak weeks for infection in Tennessee.

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  • Help Prevent Overuse of Antibiotics

    Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | 9:10am

    NASHVILLE – Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine, and chances are you and your family members have taken them multiple times. These vital drugs help fight life-threatening bacterial  diseases and are generally safe when appropriately prescribed. But overuse and misuse of antibiotics can reduce their benefit and contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, which kill thousands of Americans every year. The  Tennessee Department of Health encourages Tennesseans to learn about proper prescribing and use of these medications.

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  • Admissions to Milan Health Care Center Suspended

    Monday, December 05, 2016 | 1:30pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Milan Health Care Center effective December 2, 2016 and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $4,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

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  • State Agencies Provide Guidance as Devastating Wildfires Impact Residents

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 11:33am

    Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are urging residents of east Tennessee areas affected by devastating wildfires to protect themselves and their families from smoke. While inhaling smoke may adversely affect anyone, those at greatest risk include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, or those with heart disease.

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  • Celebrate Fall Safely - Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 2:49pm

    NASHVILLE – Colorful leaves and cooler weather lure lots of us outdoors during the fall, and may have you looking for ways to warm up on chilly days and nights. As you celebrate the season, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennessee residents and visitors of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s a silent killer you cannot see, smell or taste. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas produced by portable heaters, generators and other devices that is dangerous and potentially deadly if inhaled. 

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  • Admissions to Mt. Pleasant Healthcare and Rehabilitation Suspended

    Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 1:54pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Mt. Pleasant Healthcare and Rehabilitation effective November 16, 2016 and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $3,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

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  • Smoke From Wildfires Poses Health Risks For Some

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 3:48pm

    NASHVILLE – As smoke from several wildfires moves across the state, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents there is an increased risk for a range of health effects, particularly for those with existing respiratory problems, pregnant women, the elderly and young children.

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  • 1,451 Tennesseans Die from Drug Overdoses in 2015

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 10:59am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in the state in 2015. This is the highest annual number of overdose deaths recorded in state history and brings the five-year total for Tennessee to 6,036 lives lost. That figure is approximately the equivalent of every person on 40 mid-size jet liners dying.

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  • Tennessee Celebrates the Power of Rural

    Monday, November 14, 2016 | 4:59pm

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health State Office of Rural Health joins the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and other state and national stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day Nov. 17, 2016 to draw attention to the wide range of issues impacting the health of rural communities. The theme this year is ”Celebrating the Power of Rural.”  

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  • Admissions to Creekside Health and Rehabilitation Suspended

    Monday, November 14, 2016 | 2:03pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Creekside Health and Rehabilitation effective November 9, 2016 and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $6,100. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

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