NASHVILLE, TN (AP) _ Patients in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia are going to have access to more physicians with specialized training through an agreement announced Friday between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Mountain States Health Alliance.
Under the agreement, Vanderbilt will help recruit doctors in hard-to-find specialties to upper east Tennessee and bring expertise in a number of areas, including heart disease, diabetes and asthma. There will be a particular focus on treatment of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The collaboration will also help bring more research and clinical trials in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.
Vanderbilt is a leading research university and medical school. Mountain States Health Alliance is a system of 13 hospitals in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina.