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Bristol city leaders hope to meet with Ballad about trauma and neonatal care

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Bristol, Tennessee city leaders want a meeting with Ballad Health about plans to change trauma and neonatal care. City manager Bill Sorah told News 5 that officials hope a meeting with Ballad will be arranged within the next two weeks.

He said council members want to learn about the plan and understand the impact and timetable. Ballad is having a similar meeting with the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kingsport Higher Education Center.

Ballad has been hit with a bevy of complaints about plans to coordinate the region’s newborn care in Johnson City and moving neonatal intensive care out of Kingsport. There have also been complaints against Ballad about reducing the level of trauma expertise available at hospitals in Bristol and Kingsport.

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