Nashville's safety-net hospital needs another $10M infusion

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The Metro Council, the legislative authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville, Tenn., approved a $10 million infusion of emergency funds for Nashville (Tenn.) General Hospital at Meharry in February, and the safety-net hospital now needs additional funds, according to The Tennessean

The Nashville Hospital Authority, which operates Nashville General, receives a subsidy of $35 million each year. However, hospital CEO Joseph Webb, DSc, requested and was granted an additional $10 million earlier this year to stabilize operations and address deficiencies identified in a 2015 Joint Commission report.

With collections falling $5 million below projections, Nashville Hospital Authority staff have recommended the city give an additional $10 million to stabilize the hospital's operations for the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to the report.

The hospital authority's board of directors is expected to consider the supplemental request in December.

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