Holly Fletcher, The Tennessean

Holly Fletcher

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Past articles by Holly:

Biggest Nashville business stories of 2017

The year included a new soccer team announcement, a hockey championship series, a new international flight and many debates over the Nashville growth. → Read More

Hospital landscape in limbo, as questions swirl over Nashville General's fate

Questions are piling up about how Mayor Megan Barry's final plan for Nashville General will remake Nashville’s health care landscape. → Read More

Audit: Nashville General plagued by financial mismanagement despite progress

Basic bookkeeping remains a problem at Nashville's safety net hospital, auditors determined in the latest review of cash-strapped Nashville General. → Read More

Analysis: Substance abuse annually costs Tennessee billions

The substance abuse epidemic — most notably involving opioids — raises questions about access to treatment, how to stem the illicit use of prescription painkillers and staunch the use of illegal drugs. → Read More

Cheekwood to close Pineapple Room Dec. 31 over costly repairs, new cafe to open in spring

The Pineapple Room — the tea room and restaurant at Cheekwood — will be closing permanently this month. A fast casual cafe will open around May. → Read More

Drug, alcohol abuse saps $2 billion from Tennessee annually — an under-the-radar impact of opioid epidemic

Substance abuse annually costs Tennessee more than $2 billion — more than half of which is attributed to lost income from people who have fallen out of the the labor market, according to an economist. → Read More

Parents looking for help with kids using drugs get a hotline and maybe a coach

Parents across the state struggling to help a child with a substance abuse problem have a new resource that can connect them with someone who has been in a similar situation. → Read More

Nashville General requests nearly $20 million in funding; Mayor's office wants an explanation

Nashville General Hospital is requesting nearly $20 million to get it through June 30-- and the city's finance department is digging into why the hospital needs the money. → Read More

Tax bills raise concerns for older Tennesseans, Medicare funding and all claiming medical deductions

The proposed tax bill could hit older Tennesseans when looking for a doctor under Medicare as well as any adult claiming medical expense deductions. → Read More

VUMC researchers test nicotine patches to treat early memory loss

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is collaborating on a two-year trial to see if mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, can be treated. → Read More

Tennessee has more chronic disease than the U.S. and it costs $5.3 billion annually

The state has among the highest rates of behavior-related disease, so associated direct medical care, lower productivity and premature death cost billions. → Read More

Nashville General CEO: Change needed, but nixing in-patient care imperils hospital's goals

A proposal by Mayor Megan Barry to transition the city-owned hospital into an ambulatory surgery center and outpatient clinic could derail Joseph Webb's plan of strengthening the coordination of care to improve people's long-term health. → Read More

Nashville General board member resigns, mayor apologizes for surprise hospital announcement

Frustrations about Nashville’s growth and pursuit of a soccer and transit system surfaced as attendees want to sustain in-patient services ahead of a meeting rife with tension. → Read More

Nashville General sheds staff after Barry announcement, looks for ways to retain people

Mayor Megan Barry's proposal to close in-patient services at Nashville General Hospital has led to a stream of resignations at the facility. → Read More

Obamacare enrollment bustling in Nashville as Congress weighs ditching mandate

Enrollment in healthcare.gov insurance is at least as busy as 2016, navigators say, after near-constant political clamor to repeal the ACA. → Read More

A personal quest to give doctors the tools to battle opioid abuse

A Tennessee doctor who lost a son to an overdose is fighting to change medical education in Tennessee to give more doctors addiction medicine expertise. → Read More

Barry's Nashville General proposal raises questions about where care is given and how it's funded

The battle to change Nashville General is years in the making. → Read More

Barry's Nashville General proposal raises questions about where care is given and how it's funded

The battle to change Nashville General is years in the making. → Read More

Meharry to train students at HCA hospital under 'historic' agreement

Under the agreement, Meharry students in their their third and fourth years will train at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, a hospital in HCA's TriStar Health subsidiary. → Read More

For some, November is NaNoWriMo and they try to write a novel by month's end

Could you write a draft of a novel in a month? For NaNoWriMo writers, November is a race to get an unpolished draft. → Read More