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UT Med Center 1 of 5 hospitals in country in special study

Thousands of patients each year get infections after surgery.
That often means more surgery, significant pain.or therapy.

UT Medical Center is one of a handful of hospitals putting a special focus on preventing these infections.

The hospital is one of the pilot sites for a program called Project Joints.

The goal is to prevent surgical site infections, or SSI's, in knee and hip replacement patients, and that means a few changes to they way surgeons and staff do things.

The Knoxville Track Club Walking Program

The Knoxville Track Club Walking Program

 

Knox Walks is a fitness walking program aimed at helping participants make a healthy lifestyle change through regular walking. If you are looking to walk with a group and add more activity to your day, then please join us for exercise and camaraderie. Participants are asked to commit to attending one group walk every week for 10 weeks. In return, walkers will receive weekly educational material on fitness and nutrition, a t-shirt, other goodies, and entry to the KTC EXPO 5-Mile Walk on May 25th.

Find out more at the Knoxville Track Club's website.

Non-profit health insurance provider opens in Downtown Knoxville

Non-profit health insurance provider opens in Downtown Knoxville

The leader of a new, non-profit health insurance provider in Knoxville says his company stands out from the rest.

Community Health Alliance opened its headquarters downtown Monday afternoon. With more provisions of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect next year, there's a growing market for health insurance.

CHA will help provide health care for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans using either an online marketplace or an insurance agent. Its CEO says his company is very different from traditional health care providers.

Being 'square' about cancer awareness

Thursday, purple sharpies and post-it notes created awareness for cancer at the University of Tennessee. 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network set up shop on the pedestrian walkway at the school. Trying to gain some awareness for cancer and the sequestration that might happen on March 1st. 

'HEART WISE' promotes healthy living

University of Tennessee Medical Center hosted "HEART WISE" Saturday morning to promote preventative cardiovascular screenings and heart-healthy lifestyles.

Participants learned about recovering from cardiovascular disease, and medical experts taught people how they can prevent heart issues through exercise and a healthy diet. Doctors provided discounted health screenings as well.

Organizers said this event's mission was to help anyone with a family history of heart disease or anyone who's trying to lead a healthier lifestyle.

East TN hospital recognized for focus on stroke care

An East Tennessee hospital is being recognized for its focus on stroke care.

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center was awarded a comprehensive stoke center certification. That award comes from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association.

The certification goes to hospitals with the ability to treat patients with complex strokes. Some of the requirements include advanced imaging capabilities and specialized treatments that are available 24-7.

The hospital says it demonstrates its commitment to patient care.

Free Child Car Seat Checkpoint Today

Free Child Car Seat Checkpoint Today

The Knoxville Police Department will conduct a free child car seat checkpoint on today from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80% of all child restraints are used incorrectly. 

During the KPD checkpoint, child car seats will be checked by a certified car seat technician.

The technicians will provide instructions and demonstrate the correct way to install your child's car seat.