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Daily Yonder: A tale of two hospitals just 24 miles apart; one of them survived, the other did not

By Taylor Sisk Special to KyForward Between 2013 and 2017, 64 rural hospitals across the country shut down, more than double the rate of the previous five years. More than half of closures since 2010 were in the South, where most states have chosen not to expand Medicaid, as allowed for under the Affordable Care Act. One such hospital was Cumberland River Hospital in the Middle Tennessee town of Celina,...

Tragedy in KY: 2 killed, 17 injured in high school shooting; students were trained on how to react

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Two teens were killed and 17 others injured when a 15-year-old boy went on a shooting rampage in a western Kentucky high school on Tuesday, authorities said. The shooter, who attends the high school, was arrested by a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy and is in custody. Witnesses saw him being led away in handcuffs from Marshall County High School. Kentucky State Police...

Like firefighters and police officers, health department staffers are first responders, too

Dr. Lynne Saddler KyForward columnist   Marion Kainer, an epidemiologist with the Tennessee Department of Health, got an email from a colleague at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Vanderbilt doctor was reporting a suspicious case of fungal meningitis in a patient who had received steroid injections.   You probably know the rest of the story: nationwide investigation launched, recall...