• 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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  • Admissions to Laurestine Care Home Suspended

    Wednesday, November 02, 2016 | 11:36am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Laurestine Care Home effective November 1, 2016. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

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  • Tennessee Celebrates Child Health Week

    Sunday, October 02, 2016 | 1:45pm

    NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 3-9, 2016 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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  • Silent, Slow-Acting Killer: Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

    Monday, September 26, 2016 | 9:33am

    NASHVILLE – Healthcare professionals are seeing evidence of a troubling new epidemic:   nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a potentially fatal condition that can follow a lifestyle of too little physical activity and a high-calorie diet with too much sugar. The disease develops gradually as extra fat accumulates in the liver, usually has no early warning signs and causes irreversible harm to one of the body’s most important organs.

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  • TDH Corrects Accidental Gunshot Death Data

    Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 2:00pm

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed today that a data error resulted in inaccurate accidental gunshot death numbers for 2014 being reported. After manually reviewing death certificates, TDH reports five people died from accidental gunshot wounds in the state in 2014. In an additional eight cases, the manner of death was left blank or marked as pending on the death certificate but no follow-up death certificate was sent to the department; however, a review of the autopsies for those cases indicated none of those eight were accidental deaths.  Incorrect data provided earlier indicated the number of accidental gunshot deaths had dramatically escalated from 19 in 2013 to 105 in 2014.

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  • Travel by Pregnant Women & Their Sexual Partners Cautioned as Zika Virus Disease is a Threat in Vacation Areas

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 9:56am

    NASHVILLE – Seasonal frosts that help reduce mosquito activity in Tennessee will arrive soon, bringing some relief from the blood-feeding insects. Mosquitoes in Tennessee are currently known to transmit diseases such as West Nile virus and La Crosse Encephalitis. With 45 cases of travel-related Zika Virus Disease confirmed thus far this year in Tennessee, there is yet another reason to “Fight the Bite.” 

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  • Wildlife Rabies Vaccination Project Protects People and Pets

    Monday, September 19, 2016 | 2:12pm

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. The annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, will begin in Tennessee Sept. 26, 2016.

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  • Commissioner Dreyzehner Participates in Vital Directions Initiative

    Monday, September 19, 2016 | 9:31am

    NASHVILLE – When the next president of the United States takes office, he or she will need accurate, timely information about public health and health care. Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has been selected by the National Academy of Medicine to be one of those providing information through the Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative. 

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  • Tennessee Deems Health System Merger Application Complete

    Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 2:18pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, in consultation with Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced the Certificate of Public Advantage, or COPA application from Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System is now complete.

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  • Tennessee Increases Availability of Naloxone

    Monday, September 12, 2016 | 9:20am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee has a powerful new tool to fight opioid overdose with the passage of Public Chapter 596. This new law allows authorized pharmacists to dispense naloxone to a person at risk of opioid overdose or to a family member, friend or other person to assist someone at risk of an opiate-related overdose.

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  • Public Invited To Give Input On Proposed Hospital Merger

    Monday, August 29, 2016 | 12:11pm

    NASHVILLE –  The Tennessee Department of Health will hold three public hearings in Northeast Tennessee as part of the Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) process for the proposed merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System.

    “These hearings are an opportunity for Tennesseans to weigh in on the future of health care in our state,” Dreyzehner said. “A proposed merger of systems in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is precedent setting and is a big decision for our state.  It’s the department’s responsibility by law to ensure the proposal would meet a clear and convincing standard to provide a public benefit to the citizens of this region and ultimately all of Tennessee.”

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