Regional ACOs generate cumulative $100+ million in Medicare savings

Regional ACOs generate cumulative $100+ million in Medicare savings

Above: Rich Panek Since 2012, Qualuable and AnewCare, two Accountable Care Organizations in the region,  have generated more than $100 million in Medicare savings between them. Rec ...

Ballad Health creating regional trauma system, adding pediatric emergency and trauma services

Ballad Health creating regional trauma system, adding pediatric emergency and trauma services

By Scott Robertson The Ballad Health board unanimously approved plans to create a trauma and emergency care system designed to improve the overall access to services system-wide th ...

State green lights new surgery center for Holston Medical Group

State green lights new surgery center for Holston Medical Group

by Jeff Keeling A large physician practice group has won state permission to build a $10 million ambulatory surgery center (ASC) in Kingsport. Meadowview Surgery Center will compet ...

November 2018 Edition

November 2018 Edition

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McCord honored by Leadership Kingsport

McCord honored by Leadership Kingsport

The Kingsport Chamber’s Leadership Kingsport program is proud to honor business leader and community volunteer CeeGee McCord as the newest recipient of the Distinguished Leadership ...

Bristol2040 visioning process underway

Bristol2040 visioning process underway

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol2040 Steering Committee, together with partners in government, education, healthcare and business have embarked upon a long-term stra ...

Washington, Sullivan mayors form joint task force to promote cooperation

Washington, Sullivan mayors form joint task force to promote cooperation

Above: Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy and Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable (Contributed) Noting the successful joint local government management of Tri-Cities Airport and ...

Anita’s breathes life into former Pure Foods site

San Bernadino, Cal.-based Anita’s Snack Foods held its official ribbon cutting in Kingsport Tuesday morning, about 60 days after beginning operations in the former Pure Foods building in the Gateway Commerce Park at Tri-Cities Crossing. The company acquired the Kingsport operation in May. “Anita’s Mexican Foods is expanding its business across the nation,” CEO Ricardo Robles said. “We are now able to supply ...

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Cash on the Barrelhead: Speyside cooperage to benefit Washington, Smyth economies

France-based Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. will invest $26 million to establish a bourbon barrel cooperage in Smyth County, Va., and $9 million in a new stave mill facility in Washington County, Va. The stave mill will supply the company’s new Smyth County cooperage, and the two operations will ramp up simultaneously. The announcement came from the office of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who said the ...

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KOSBE Announces Propel Mentor/Protégé Pilot Program Class Members

Photo above: Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE executive director The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) has announced the inaugural Propel Mentor/Protégé Program class: Angela Braan – Cassia’s Salon & Spa (Kingsport, TN) Anthony Pasquale and Jeremy Lizotte – Insight Polymers & Compounding (Kingsport, TN) Robert Sheffey – Rowan Tree Care (Johnson City, TN) Joyce Brown ...

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Tennessee Recognized Nationally for Effective Use of Data

Tennessee was listed this week among five states that are leading the way in the use of data to create evidence-based results for citizens, in a report issued by the national nonprofit organization Results for America. Tennessee joined Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota and Washington as states recognized for outstanding performance. The recognition was announced at an event today in Washington hosted by the Natio ...

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British kayak maker to open distribution center in Unicoi County

Pyranha, a maker of roto-molded canoes and kayaks based in the United Kingdom, has announced the relocation of its North American distribution facility to Erwin. Pyranha has led the research and development of composite and polymer kayaks since the early 1970s. The company has chosen a site along the Nolichucky River as a North American distribution center. Headquartered in the United Kingdom near Liverpool ...

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Northeast State names Rowell vice president for Academic Affairs

Northeast State Community College has named Dr. Sam Rowell vice president for Academic Affairs. Rowell has served as interim vice president for Academic Affairs since January 2017. Prior to that he served as interim dean of the Advanced Technologies division before being named full-time dean of that division in 2012. “I expected this job would be demanding and it has exceeded my expectations,” Rowell said. ...

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Covenant Transportation Group completes acquisition of Landair

It was announced on Thursday morning that Covenant Transportation Group has completed its acquisition of Landair Holdings, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, CTG purchased all of Landair’s outstanding stock in exchange for approximately $83 million in cash. Landair was founded in 1981 by Scott Niswonger and Ed Sayler. Presently, Landair operates approximately 430 trucks and 900 trailers and manages 12 d ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: Jerry Caldwell, Andy Dietrich and Bob Feathers – Chairs, Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport Chambers of Commerce

Photo above: Jerry Caldwell, Bob Feathers and Andy Dietrich at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, June 12. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson On June 12, representatives of each of the Chambers of Commerce serving Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport met at the Kingsport Chamber building with the CEOs of the region’s two multi-county economic development organizations: NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, ...

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Inside the numbers: Ballad Health

Photo above: Alan Levine, photo by Scott Robertson Better bond rating, merger mechanics and timing save Ballad $20 million a year By Jeff Keeling Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine is talking cash flow, and he’s happy. It’s a Wednesday morning and Ballad’s fiscal year-to-date operating numbers look relatively grim. The newly formed health system faces an unprecedented challenge: leading regional population healt ...

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Ballad, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine

East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Alan Levine have announced a partnership through which ETSU will apply to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to create a new fellowship program in addiction medicine. As part of its commitment to expand education and training in the region, Ballad Health will fund any un-reimbursed costs of the fe ...

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