Dr. Rahaman Suara joined Neighborhood Health as chief clinical officer in July. Suara, who had served since 2002 as medical director and pediatrician at Hardeman County Health Center, brings extensive experience with FQHCs to his new role at Neighborhood Health.
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center has expanded its dental department in response to a growing need among people who lack insurance coverage. The manpower and money come from new partners who also see a glaring problem.
The extent of Nashville's dental problems is revealed whenever free care is up for grabs. Hundreds waited in line for hours at Meharry Medical College this spring. Mary Ashley Tosh had lived in pain for years without going to a dentist, despite multiple cavities and a broken tooth that needed to be extracted.
"I mean, I never planned on it because I knew it is expensive," she said.
Mercy Community Healthcare will be expanding its services outside of Williamson County.
The faith-based clinic in Franklin saw 9,000 patients in 2017. Those in need of health care — particularly those without insurance — came from 23 different counties. In an effort to better serve patients, the clinic will expand into Marshall County, chief medical officer Dr. Alexander Brunner said.