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Mayor Megan Barry sent a two-page letter to the Metro Council Thursday saying she plans to take until the end of the year to come up with a new model for Nashville General Hospital. She also apologized for publicly announcing her plans to wind down inpatient care after years of failed attempts at financial sustainability.

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One of the Metro Council's most conservative members has joined the effort to keep Nashville General Hospital open, even if it means spending more money. Councilman Steve Glover is proposing a ban on closure of the city's safety-net facility.

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Nashville's Hospital Authority has approved a six-month contract extension for its CEO, though several board members wanted a longer-term agreement as a sign of stability.

After more than a century in business, General Hospital is undergoing a major restructuring initiated by Mayor Megan Barry, who wants to close down inpatient care at the safety-net facility. She argues there's a more efficient way to use more than $50 million a year in taxpayer funding going toward the hospital.

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The CEO of Nashville General Hospital has been sidelined as city leaders contemplate downsizing operations to save money. And Thursday afternoon, the Hospital Authority plans to finalize a long-overdue performance review with just two weeks left on Joseph Webb's contract.

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Nashville General Hospital is trying to keep a negative audit from being used to justify shutting down the facility. The Metro Hospital Authority has been fighting a proposal from Mayor Megan Barry to downsize the city's struggling safety-net hospital, and some board members are worried about how an audit might look to the casual observer.

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The resident physicians at Nashville General will have to find somewhere else to finish their training if the hospital is downsized to a collection of outpatient services. An announcement last month that relocated Meharry Medical College's third- and fourth-year students did not affect medical residents — but related changes at Nashville General would.

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Nashville General Hospital has requested nearly $20 million to get through the rest of the fiscal year that ends in June.

Without a cash infusion — which has become a regular mid-year request — the hospital says it will run out of operating funds Jan. 30. But the administration of Mayor Megan Barry is intensely scrutinizing the request, especially amid a looming proposal to dramatically restructure the public hospital.

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Meharry Medical College has decided to take a leading role in the future of Nashville General Hospital, organizing a working group that includes the administration of Mayor Megan Barry, school officials, ministers and labor leaders representing hospital staff.

This follows a few weeks of uncertainty after school announced this month it will relocate its third- and fourth-year medical students to an HCA hospital because business at Nashville General is so slow. 

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A plan that would end Nashville's long history of running a public hospital is basically an argument that the city doesn't really need one — and that other medical centers in town already dole out far more charity care, especially as General Hospital's caseload has dwindled to 40 patients a day, operating at just a third of its capacity.

Yet those who serve the uninsured say the facility still plays a critical role.

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Davidson County's Sheriff says closing Nashville General Hospital's inpatient services could quadruple the amount his agency has to spend on securing inmates while they receive medical care.