PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY CONCERNING FENTANYL AND FENTANYL-LACED SUBSTANCES
  • Tennessee Grants Certificate of Public Advantage for Wellmont, Mountain States

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 10:16am

    Terms of Service and Key Health Outcome Benchmarks Solidify Public Benefit to Region

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, today announced the request for a Certificate of Public Advantage from Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance has been granted. The approval allows the two entities to combine under the corporate umbrella of Ballad Health.

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  • Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses

    Monday, September 18, 2017 | 11:54am

    Fentanyl Identified as Primary Cause of Increase in Overdose Deaths

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, the highest annual number of such deaths recorded in state history. This is an increase from the 1,451 overdose deaths recorded among Tennessee residents in 2015.

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  • Admissions to Metro Care and Rehabilitation Suspended

    Friday, September 15, 2017 | 5:05pm

    Davidson County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Nashville Metro Care and Rehabilitation Center effective September 15, 2017 and imposed three civil monetary penalties of $5,000 each for a total of $15,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. 

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  • Tennessee Nurses Deploy to Florida for Hurricane Irma Response

    Friday, September 08, 2017 | 4:39pm

    CHATTANOOGA – Tennessee nurse strike teams will deploy from Chattanooga on Saturday, September 9 and travel to Florida to work with local, state and federal officials in response to Hurricane Irma. The nurses will depart from the Volunteer Air National Guard Armory in Chattanooga at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. 

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  • Tennessee Medical Teams Deploy to Florida for Hurricane Irma Response

    Friday, September 08, 2017 | 8:37am

    CHATTANOOGA – Multiple teams of Tennessee health care professionals will begin deploying from Chattanooga on Friday, September 8 and travel to Florida to work with local, state and federal officials in response to Hurricane Irma. The first of five ambulance strike teams, with 57 total members, will depart from the Volunteer Air National Guard Armory in Chattanooga at noon Eastern Time today. Nurse strike teams will deploy to Florida on Saturday.

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  • Simple Steps Protect You from Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

    Wednesday, September 06, 2017 | 10:27am

    Cases of West Nile Virus, La Crosse Encephalitis increasing in Tennessee

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has now confirmed 19 human cases of West Nile Virus infection and 11 cases of La Crosse Virus infection in the state so far in 2017. Mosquito-borne illness is more common during late summer and TDH recommends taking simple steps to avoid mosquito bites and help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. 

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  • Protect Yourself, Your Family Against Measles

    Tuesday, September 05, 2017 | 11:06am

    U.S. Outbreaks Remind of Importance of Vaccination

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents and other caregivers to make sure all children are vaccinated against measles. While measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination, outbreaks have occurred in recent years in pockets of unvaccinated people in communities across the country. The most recent outbreak has been in Minnesota this summer which sickened 79 people; that is more measles cases than were reported in all of the U.S. in 2016. Most of those sickened in the Minnesota outbreak were children under 10 years of age who had not been vaccinated.

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  • Active Students, Active Learners Website Launches

    Monday, August 28, 2017 | 9:44am

    Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Education Partner to Boost Student Achievement and Health

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Departments of Education and Health are working together to help bring tools, success stories and evidence to education decision makers that illustrate the significant impacts of physical activity on the whole student, particularly academic performance. 

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  • TDH and TDOS Encourage Safe Viewing During the Solar Eclipse

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 10:27am

    NASHVILLE - A total solar eclipse, when the moon completely covers the sun, will be visible August 21. Tennessee is one of 14 states that will be in the path of totality, a 70 mile-wide path where the sun is completely blocked by the moon. The Tennessee Department of Health encourages everyone to enjoy this once in a lifetime event, but urges eye protection and common sense safety.

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  • Admissions to Cummings Foster Group Home Suspended

    Wednesday, August 09, 2017 | 11:04am

    Shelby County Home for the Aged Cited for Violations

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Cummings Foster Group Home effective August 4, 2017. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. 

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  • Tennessee State Parks Offer Rewards through Healthy Parks Healthy Person Program

    Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | 11:09am

    NASHVILLE – Being active outdoors is not only good for your health – it can earn you Tennessee State Parks merchandise, golf rounds, free camping or even cabin stays thanks to a new program.

    Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Health have partnered to develop a web application called Healthy Parks Healthy Person, which allows Tennesseans to log their activities at Tennessee State Parks in exchange for points that can be redeemed for rewards. The program also includes a Park Prescription feature where healthcare providers can prescribe outdoor activity as part of a healthcare regimen for patients. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options for engaging in outdoor activities to further your health goals.

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  • Vaccines: Not Just for Children

    Monday, July 17, 2017 | 9:36am

    Immunizations Prevent Serious Illnesses throughout Life

    NASHVILLE – Preventing an illness is always better than trying to treat it once it occurs.  That’s why doctors with the Tennessee Department of Health encourage people of all ages to talk with their healthcare providers about the immunizations needed for lifelong protection.

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  • Public Hearing on Request for Certificate of Public Advantage July 18

    Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 10:38am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health will conduct a public hearing Tuesday, July 18, to provide the general public and any interested stakeholders an opportunity to offer comments on the application for a Certificate of Public Advantage from Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System regarding their proposed cooperative agreement to merge. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time in the Northeast State Community College auditorium, located at 2425 Highway 75 in Blountville.

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