Feeling the Squeeze

Dennis Freeman of Cherokee Health

Despite a budget cut, Cherokee Health Systems isn’t turning anyone away from Knox County’s indigent care program. But its costs are mounting.

Stats and Stories

Dr. Stephen Loyd at All4Knox Summit

A Mayors Summit on substance misuse presents data on the opioid epidemic, along with testimony of its toll.

Making the Cut

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs

In approving County Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ $853.1 million budget, commissioners supported a 30 percent reduction in the county’s indigent care program.

Further Study

Knox County Health Department Director Martha Buchanan

Knox County Commission delays action on cutting funding to healthcare providers in the indigent care program.

Comfortable With the Cuts

Knox County Commission

Knox County Commission appears amenable to a 30 percent reduction in the county’s indigent care program.

The Deepest Cut

Providers say a proposed reduction in the Health Department’s indigent care program will hurt their efforts to serve the poorest residents of Knox County.

Priority Care

AMR ambulance

To get more wheels on the road, Knox County allows its ambulance contractor to answer less urgent calls with basic-level service.

Keeping It Down

Community Health Assessment

Teen pregnancy rates have dropped dramatically in the past 25 years, and the Knox County Health Department is trying to make sure they continue falling.