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Nashville General wants more satellite clinics

Nashville (Tenn.) General Hospital wants to open more satellite locations in the state, according to the Nashville Tennessean.

Hospital CEO Joseph Webb told the publication that its first satellite clinic in Midtown (Tenn.) exceeded expectations in recent months, and as a result, the organization is planning a second location. 

"We’ve seen there was a demand for this," Mr. Webb said, "and we didn’t have a supply until now."

The Midtown clinic, called the Nashville HealthCare Center, opened in June, it has two family medicine physicians and some specialists. It is about a mile from the main hospital. 

Mr. Webb said that although it may seem strange to open a clinic less than a mile away, the strategy is working, and patients are often more willing to seek care at a smaller clinic. 

Expanding the footprint of Nashville General is part of the company's three-year business plan. Hospital officials said that Nashville General is more financially stable than it has been in years. 

Just two years ago, after struggling financially for many years, former Mayor Megan Barry proposed closing inpatient services at the hospital. This plan was abandoned.

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