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New King University president promises balance

By Scott Robertson As Alexander Whitaker, King University’s newly minted president, strolls along the oval walkway around which the Bristol campus is built, he points out the newly laid brick and surrounding fresh green grass. Only two weeks before, landscapers had been laying brick and sod, with orange plastic temporary fencing everywhere. “Today it looks beautiful,” he says. All evidence of a sweaty summe ...

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Your IT security exposure is scarier than you think: But that may mean opportunities for Southwest Virginia

By Scott Robertson So one day you’re reading your email at the office when you notice a message at the bottom of the screen saying, “This account is active at another location.” The next screen shows an IP address, which you look up, only to find that someone in Lagos, Nigeria is sending messages from your account. First, change your password. That very second. Next, notify everyone you know that the email ...

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Redefining the workforce. Again.

By Scott Robertson Hanging on my office wall I have a hodgepodge of mementos, mostly from my time with this publication. The first printer’s proof of our very first glossy color issue is framed there, a gift from former publisher Jeff Schumacher. So too is the first printer’s proof of the first issue of The Journal published under our current ownership, the May 2012 issue. Hanging behind my desk is a blow-u ...

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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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