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Power board’s, hospital systems’ major changes rooted in overall trends

By Jeff Keeling ‘Boy, this sounds familiar,’ I thought one recent Monday night as I listened to Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) leaders answer questions from Johnson City commissioners about JCPB’s request to be granted “authority” status. “We need to be able to adapt to changes in the marketplace.” “The core of our business is threatened by innovations in our industry and changing use patterns by consumers ...

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Questions Sent to Health Systems

August 9, 2016 Alan Levine President and CEO, Mountain States Health Alliance 303 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 30 Johnson City, Tennessee  37604   Bart Hove President and CEO, Wellmont Health System 1905 American Way Kingsport, Tennessee  37660   Dear Mr. Levine and Mr. Hove:   I have attached a set of preliminary questions that the Virginia Department of Health (“Department”), in consultation wit ...

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Hospital systems clear preliminary merger hurdle

Southwest Virginia Health Authority deems merger application complete Process ongoing in Tennessee Story and photos by Jeff Keeling ABINGDON, Va. – Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System reached a milestone Friday in their effort to gain approval to become one system as the Southwest Virginia Health Authority (SVHA) deemed the hospital systems’ application for a “cooperative agreement” c ...

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Southwest Virginia group deems hospital merger application complete

The Southwest Virginia Health Authority has deemed complete Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance's application for a cooperative agreement that would allow them to merge. The group unanimously approved a motion to deem the application complete after a two-hour meeting and despite opposition from the Virginia Association of Health Plans, which said more information should be sought and ...

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$3 million in ARC funds to help Southwest Virginia

Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded nearly $3 million in funds to two organizations in Southwest Virginia to create and train workers for jobs in new sectors of the region’s economy. The funding comes as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, a multi-age ...

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Payment reform:‘Right thing to do,’ but ‘devil is in the details’

By Jeff Keeling Second in a two-part series. Read the first story at “I really believe Dr. Dykes saved my life,” Mary Snyder says. Mary Snyder wasn’t just sick late last fall. She was really sick. The Jonesborough resident’s congestive heart failure (CHF) had hit her with a vengeance. She had fluid on her lungs (pulmonary edema), a common si ...

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Teleperformance to add 500 jobs at Bristol call center

The expansion will keep Teleperformance recruiter Melanie Setterhoff busy for some time. Photos by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Teleperformance has committed to creating approximately 500 new full-time jobs at its Bristol, Tenn., call center over the next five years. The center currently has between 700 and 800 employees. The company has also committed to investing $800,000 in new equipment for the fa ...

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Due diligence proceeding as Summers-Taylor looks to buy Model Mill

By Jeff Keeling See the original article from when the contract on the Model Mill was announced at By the end of July, just a few weeks after announcing his family company would purchase and renovate Johnson City’s historic Model Mill, Summers-Taylor Inc. President Grant Summers said good progress was being made in the due diligence process. As crews from Burleson Cons ...

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Site selection specialist assesses Unicoi County’s industrial development prospects

By Scott Robertson If there is a silver lining to the cloud CSX Railways’ departure left over Unicoi County, it is that the county’s application to the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP) has been accepted, creating opportunities the county otherwise would not have had. PEP is a relatively new program developed by the Department of Economic and Community Development in Nashville. Its stated g ...

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Smith & Wesson purchases Taylor Brands for $85 million

By Scott Robertson Smith & Wesson is best known as a manufacturer of firearms, but Kingsport, Tenn.-based Taylor Brands is bringing a knife to a gun company. The local knife maker has long been licensed to produce product lines under the Smith & Wesson brand. When the sale of Taylor Brands to Smith & Wesson Holding Company (SWHC)’s Battenfield Technologies Division closes later this month, $85 m ...

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