• Summary Suspension Ordered for Massage Therapist

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 10:45am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure has summarily suspended the license of Christian Wells, a resident of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The suspension became effective October 3, 2017. As a result of the summary suspension, Wells was immediately prohibited from practicing as a licensed massage therapist in Tennessee.

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  • MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor Bill Haslam, Commissioner Dreyzehner to Receive Annual Flu Vaccinations

    Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 1:12pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH urge Tennesseans to get their annual flu shot now. Governor Haslam and Commissioner Dreyzehner will get their seasonal flu vaccinations Monday, October 2 at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department in Jackson.

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  • Tennessee Celebrates Child Health Week

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 10:32am

    NASHVILLE--Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 1-7, 2017 Child Health Week in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans to put the health and well-being of children first during Child Health Week and every day of the year.

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  • TDMHSAS to Receive New Opioid Addiction Treatment Funding

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 10:30am

    NASHVILLE—The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) will receive six million dollars in federal funding to provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction to people who otherwise might not have access to it. Treatment supported by the funding will be targeted to the uninsured or underinsured, particularly veterans or military members and women of childbearing age.  In all, the funding will provide medication-assisted treatment for 660 people in six targeted counties: Davidson, Hardin, Lewis, Shelby, Sullivan, and Washington. “When battling opioid addiction, there’s no single treatment that can work for all patients,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams.  “For the people who can benefit from medication-assisted treatment, we know that the cost is often a barrier.  This targeted funding will go a long way to making sure patients continue treatment in pursuit of recovery.”

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  • 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 Sending Medical, Search & Rescue Teams to Florida for Critical, Life-Saving Missions in Hurricane Irma Response

    Friday, September 08, 2017 | 2:21pm

    Nashville, Tenn. – The State of Tennessee deployed multiple teams of health care and search and rescue professionals south today to help local, state, and federal officials in Florida dealing with the impact of Hurricane Irma, the second, catastrophic hurricane to strike the continental U.S. this season.

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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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