While hospitals in urban areas and suburbs face formidable challenges regarding crunching the numbers, navigating complex regulations and serving the public, the overwhelming majority of them are survivors.

Remember in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” when Lucy — folding her fingers and thumb into a fist — gives brother Linus five good reasons why he should go through with his role in the Christmas play?

The health care industry is distinctive in its mission to simultaneously do good and do well. It is dedicated to the welfare of its patients as well as the interests of its shareholders. Traditionally, the dual tasks are segmented, with clinicians focused on care and administrators making bu…

Even by the high standards of Nashville’s health care scene, the rise of SmileDirectClub is something else. Since formally launching in May, the marketer of teeth aligners for people with minor spacing or crowding issues has hired 150 people, signed a lease for an entire floor of downtown’s …

The number of freestanding emergency rooms throughout the country has roughly doubled since 2009, and you can hardly drive five blocks anymore without seeing an urgent care treatment center. Players big and small are investing heavily in these newer forms of health care access points. Among …

Stu Clark is CEO of Brentwood-based Premise, an onsite health and patient engagement company created by the 2014 merger of CHS Health Services and Take Care Employer Solutions. The deal came with an integration and repositioning effort that Clark says is now truly bearing fruit for the compa…

Shareholders of AmSurg and Envision voted Nov. 28 on their companies’ proposed multibillion dollar marriage. The seeds of the deal were sown in the summer of 2015, when the companies’ CEOs first met to talk about the potential for a deal. In the 10 months that followed, there were plenty of …

Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing in Tennessee, but one organization may have a partial solution — end medical malpractice lawsuits.

When 30-year-old entrepreneur Mike Eidsaune — his health care-oriented technology product in tow — stepped out of his car for a week in residence at a Brookdale Senior Living community in Ohio, he wasn’t sure what to expect.

David Jarrard and his partners launched their firm more than a decade ago on the idea that important health care organizations live in “a dynamic political environment that savvy leaders use to their advantage and others ignore at their peril.” Since then, the changes in health care have com…

More than 100 people joined the Post team Thursday at Well Placed Smile in The Gulch to unveil Vitals, our latest quarterly magazine that focuses on health care, and hear short talks from a panel of industry experts. The gathering was backed by Vitals issue partner Jarrard Phillips Cate &…

Reaching a goal ahead of schedule is worth celebrating. So is topping a target you’ve set for your team. So what do you do when you surpass expectations and do it nine months ahead of schedule?

Focused on quality and by a shift in payment models, many hospitals are playing a leading role in setting up in their communities partnerships that improve health outcomes beyond the hospital’s walls.

Early this decade, LifePoint’s 25-bed Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage had several quality improvement plans in place but was still struggling with hospital-acquired infections. After being well below 0.5 percent in 2011, the rate of infections topped 2 percent in the third quar…