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The Nashville Hospital Authority gave their CEO a favorable performance review Monday night — while apologizing for it being his first evaluation since being hired in 2015. The board also decided to keep him on for three more years, and to give him raises, though not starting until next year, citing the city's current budget crunch.

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The board that oversees Nashville General Hospital is in turmoil. A fourth board member has resigned in a matter of months.

Michele Williams stepped down this week, expressing disapproval with the rushed contract extension for the CEO last week.

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The failed attempt by former Mayor Megan Barry to downsize Nashville General Hospital has meant no candidate for the city's top job is following her lead. Even the conservatives in the race say it's not a matter of whether to keep General Hospital, but how.

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The precarious finances of Nashville General Hospital have made the safety-net facility even more expensive to run. Administrators are asking the city for a targeted investment of tax dollars to cut down on some recurring costs.

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Megan Barry's resignation as Nashville's mayor basically ends months of debate about whether to close General Hospital. David Briley pushed back against the mayor's plans, even before he took over her job.

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The leader of the national trade group representing public hospitals warns that Nashville will end up paying for indigent care, one way or another. Mayor Megan Barry has paused plans to close inpatient services at Nashville General but still wants a cost-reduction plan by the end of the year.

Metro General Hospital
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The Metro Council is on track to defy Mayor Megan Barry, who discouraged giving Nashville General Hospital the $19.7 million it asked for to plug a gaping budget hole. The council budget committee moved to fully fund its request, rather than scale it back as Barry suggested. 

Representative Harold Love
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A Nashville Democrat wants to keep the city from closing General Hospital — by order of state law. A bill introduced this week would require that Nashville maintain a full-service public hospital.

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Meharry Medical College took public comments about the future of Nashville General Hospital on Tuesday night, and the message was clear. Community members — most with some kind of personal ties — said they want the city to spend more money on the hospital, not less.

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Mayor Megan Barry has now given until the end of the year for some kind of restructuring at Nashville General Hospital to begin, but the only idea on the table at the moment is hers: Close the inpatient hospital to save money and focus instead on outpatient chronic disease care.

Hospital officials say they’re already headed that direction, but they will still need to keep the hospital doors open.

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