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Melanie Kilgore-Hill

Freelance Healthcare Writer

From cardiology to preventative care, I get it, and I can write it. I'm an industry veteran with 20 years' experience in the medical field. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Journalism, I worked as a PR specialist at hospitals in Arkansas and Tennessee before setting out as an independent journalist 14 years ago. Let me put my in-depth knowledge of an increasingly complex industry to work for your organization.

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Nashville Medical News
Autoimmunity 101

VUMC Leading in Research, Patient Advocacy More than 24 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases: a collection of 80-plus diagnoses, most with no cure. Kevin Byram, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology & Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), said that as autoimmune diseases become more prevalent, it's more important than ever for providers to collaborate with specialists and listen closely to patient concerns.

Arkansas Medical News
Addressing the Shortage

State leaders discuss local impact of proposed Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act In August, US Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) joined government and healthcare leaders from across the state to address the nationwide shortage of physician residency positions, and how The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 can help.

Nashville Medical News
Leading with TENNACITY

Nashville Non-Profit Funding Therapy, Training for Trauma Survivors TENNACITY founder Thomas Stephenson never envisioned running a foundation for trauma patients. The Nashville non-profit launched in 2018 to facilitate access to hands-on physical therapy and strength training for survivors who lack financial resources or access to pay for services out-of-pocket.

Nashville Medical News
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Between Medicine and Technology

VUMC's Dr. Neal Patel Builds Bridges between Providers, IT There is sometimes a disconnect between overworked clinicians and tech-loving IT departments. That's not the case at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, however, where Chief Information Officer, HealthIT Neal Patel, MD, MPH, is bridging the space between medicine and technology.

Nashville Medical News
State of Technology

Innovation, Entrepreneurship Driving State HIT Tennessee's gone high-tech, and nowhere is innovation more evident than in the healthcare sector. In fact, more than 2,300 members now belong to the Tennessee Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (TN HIMSS), recipient of FY2018 HIMSS Chapter of the Year award as the top large-sized chapter in North America.

Who do Americans trust to handle their health data?

Visit any hospital in the US and you'll find that electronic health records have virtually eliminated the dusty, overstuffed file folders once lining office shelves. While some patients are comfortable with this change and don't think twice about sharing personal medical data, others are uneasy about the accessibility - legal or otherwise - of such sensitive information.

Nashville Medical News
Physician Spotlight: Changing Minds

Genovese Challenges Status Quo in Addiction Medicine The road to medicine was seemingly inevitable for Michael Genovese, MD, JD, chief medical officer at Acadia Healthcare, the publicly traded developer and operator of behavioral health facilities that is headquartered in Middle Tennessee. His journey, however, was less than typical.

Melanie Hill

Melanie Hill is an independent writer, editor and public relations specialist based out of Franklin, Tenn. She began writing for Journal Communications in 2003, shortly after relocating to Tennessee with her husband. Hill received a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and soon discovered a passion for health care.

Nashville Medical News
Keeping the Focus on Quality & Safety

LifePoint Health Efforts Recognized & Shared Nationally Quality and patient safety are benchmarks for any healthcare organization. In Middle Tennessee, LifePoint Health is redefining expectations through its innovative National Quality Program, a structured process for ensuring consistent, high standards of quality and patient safety.

Nashville Medical News
Relode: Disrupting the Healthcare Staffing Industry

Crowdsourcing Model Eliminates Middle Man From Airbnb to Uber, crowdsourcing has revolutionized the way Americans live, work and play. Today, healthcare recruitment is no exception thanks to the innovative team at Brentwood-based Relode. Launched in 2015, the tech-savvy startup is helping more than 30,000 agents and 300 employers find the best candidates to hire while saving time and money.

Nashville Medical News
A Nashville Transplant Story

Babu Helps Rebuild Saint Thomas Heart Transplant Program A love of tinkering can set a curious mind on an unexpected path. Such was the case for Ashok Babu, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical director of the Saint Thomas Health heart transplant program.

Nashville Medical News
Briovation Launches Tokenizing Health

Health:Further Summit Offers Latest in Blockchain Innovation Blockchain is the buzzword in healthcare innovation for 2018, and Nashville-based Briovation, the parent company of Jumpstart Foundry and Health:Further, is doing its share to promote the permissionless digital ledger model. The company recently unveiled Jumpstart Token, which invests in healthcare-related blockchain companies.

Nashville Medical News
TDH Addresses State's Opioid Epidemic

Leaders Collaborating on Statewide Best Practices In 2015, Tennessee had the tenth highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, most of which was due to prescription drugs. In fact, opioid abuse kills more Tennesseans each year than homicides or motor vehicle accidents.

Nashville Medical News
Searching for Middle Ground

Changes at Nashville General, Meharry Impact Future of Indigent Care Editor's Note: Decisions regarding Nashville General continue to evolve as stakeholders work their way through a number of issues from providing needed care to adopting a cost efficient, sustainable delivery model to launching a training program for medical students to adequately train the next generation of physicians.

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