NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, will join other state and local officials Tuesday, April 4, at the open house in recognition of the newly-expanded Bradley County Health Department Dental Clinic in Cleveland.
Monday, April 03, 2017 | 4:06pm
Monday, April 03, 2017 | 9:57am
TDH, Tennessee Department of Correction Named TB Elimination Champions
NASHVILLE – There were 9,287 tuberculosis cases in the U.S. and 103 in Tennessee in 2016, the lowest numbers ever recorded. Despite these encouraging figures, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds all Tennesseans TB is still here, but is treatable, curable and preventable.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 9:18am
Rabies Tag Numbers Can Provide a Path Home for Some Tennessee Pets
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has created a web-based resource to use rabies vaccination tags to help reunite lost pets with their owners. Those who find stray pets wearing TDH rabies tags can now use this tool on the TDH website to search for and identify the veterinarians who vaccinated the animals, who can then help with information to find the owners.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 2:19pm
Shelby County Nursing Home Cited for Violations
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Signature Healthcare at Saint Francis effective March 24, 2017 and imposed six civil monetary penalties in the amount of $2,000 each for a total amount of $12,000.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 10:33am
Spring Break, Mission Trips, Business & Other Travel Warrants Protections
NASHVILLE – In 2016, 63 travelers returned to Tennessee infected with Zika virus. In each of those cases, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee medical community worked quickly to ensure the virus would not spread to others.
Many Tennesseans are now planning for spring breaks, mission trips and other travel to warmer locations where mosquito populations are known to transmit Zika. TDH reminds Tennesseans that mosquito bite precautions are vital to protecting their health and the health of others where they live, work, play and pray when returning.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 9:50am
February is Children’s Dental Health Month
NASHVILLE – Most people know brushing and flossing teeth and regular visits to a dentist are important for maintaining dental health. But did you know simply drinking tap water can help you keep a sparkling smile? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding parents and caregivers of the importance of teaching children good health habits that can help keep both them and their teeth healthy.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 11:58am
Nashville – State leaders and officials today reignited a call to reduce tobacco use in Tennessee, sharing a collective commitment to helping Tennesseans quit the habit.
Holding a press conference alongside several attending leaders from the state’s government, business and non-profit organizations, Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson and NashvilleHealth Founder Senator Bill Frist, MD discussed the many opportunities available to citizens who are ready to quit.
Monday, February 13, 2017 | 2:22pm
NASHVILLE – Flu season is here with seasonal flu activity reported across Tennessee. The highest number of influenza cases in Tennessee is typically seen in January and February each year. Tennessee is currently among the states with the highest levels of flu activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thursday, February 09, 2017 | 10:42am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, will join former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, MD, founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth and Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Tennessee State Capitol to celebrate Tennessee Quit Week and discuss opportunities for residents, government, business and non-profit leaders to partner in reducing tobacco use in Tennessee. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chamber and is open to the public.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | 2:26pm
Lifestyle Changes Can Save Lives
NASHVILLE – While matters of the heart are top of mind near Valentine’s Day, more Tennesseans should think about them all year long to ensure healthier, longer lives. Tennessee Department of Health data show heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the state, while stroke rated fifth in claiming lives.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | 9:53am
Tennessee Quit Week is Feb. 13-17, 2017
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners in the Statewide Tobacco-Free Coalition in celebrating Tennessee Quit Week Feb. 13-17, 2017. The theme for the week-long campaign is “It’s Quittin’ Time in Tennessee” to celebrate Tennesseans who have quit using tobacco products and inspire more people to join them.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 10:38am
NASHVILLE – Millions of people across Tennessee and the country will gather February 5 to watch and celebrate the Super Bowl, and food and drink are a big part of the festivities. The Tennessee Department of Health is sharing reminders about the game plan to keep your party free of penalties when it comes to food-borne illness and safety.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 10:12am
Henry County Nursing Home Cited for Violation of Consent Order
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Benchmark Healthcare of Puryear effective January 10, 2017.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 9:35am
Mumps Immunizations Needed to Protect Adults and Children
NASHVILLE – Mumps, the illness many associate with childhood, can infect people of all ages and has been on the rise as some neglect to immunize themselves or their children. The Tennessee Department of Health is concerned about increases in mumps cases, including an ongoing outbreak in neighboring Arkansas which so far involves more than 2,400 suspected or confirmed cases of the illness.
Statement of TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner on Certificate of Public Advantage for Northeast TennesseeFriday, January 13, 2017 | 9:41am
NASHVILLE – Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance have asked the state for a Certificate of Public Advantage to allow a merger, which would result in less competition for health care services in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Due to the size of the region, the size of the population impacted and the involvement of two states, this is an unprecedented proposal, not only in Tennessee but across the country. The Tennessee Department of Health takes its role in this process very seriously on behalf of Tennesseans.