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BJ: Physicians address merger’s impact on clinicians

May 21st, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

When he spoke at the Wellmont Health System-Mountain States Health Alliance merger announcement April 2, Dr. Jeff Farrow was effusive in his praise of the proposed deal’s benefits for physicians.  Farrow, a pulmonologist and Mountain States board member, said a combined system could, “help us attract the best and brightest physicians to our region.” He added that a goal for the combined system would be, “to become one of the most fulfilling places in the country to practice medicine” and to be “one of the nation’s best providers of care.”

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BJ: An open letter from the Chambers of Commerce

May 21st, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The Chambers of Commerce of Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County endorse the proposed merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance to an integrated single system.  We believe this offers the best opportunity for the betterment of our region’s healthcare.

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JCP: Mountain States CEO confirms merger in email to employees

April 1st, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

In an email to thousands of the health care system’s employees, Mountain States Health Alliance CEO Alan Levine confirmed a partnership agreement with the Johnson City-based hospital organization and neighboring Wellmont Health System, a combination that will have major effects across the Tri-Cities.

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MH: Expansion erodes operating margin at Sentara

November 14th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

There are two candidates remaining in Wellmont’s search to merge.  One is rumored to be our Mountain States Health Alliance, the other is Sentara based in Norfolk, VA.   Modern Healthcare just reported that due to Sentara’s expansion efforts in 2013, their operating margin decreased by 20%.  This could spell trouble for our area if Sentara is selected because one likely scenario would be “Slash and Burn” cost cutting hitting our region the hardest.

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WJHL: Merger partner search narrowed down to two health systems

November 14th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Wellmont Health System announced Monday that they have narrowed the field of potential alignment partners to two.

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WJHL: Tri-Cities leaders call for more transparency in Wellmont merger

September 28th, 2014 Posted by Media No Comment yet

As Wellmont Health System moves toward its self-imposed deadline of selling its hospitals by the end of the year, a growing number of community leaders tell News Channel 11 enough is enough, when it comes to confidentiality.

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WCYB: Local businessman pushes for Wellmont, MSHA merger

September 17th, 2014 Posted by Media No Comment yet

Last week’s sudden departure of Wellmont president and CEO fueled more community speculation that the board of directors could be closing in on choosing a partner.

So far, Wellmont has remained quiet about who and when it could announce a company to join, but that hasn’t stopped several members of the business community from advocating a merger between Wellmont and Mountain States Health Alliance.

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JCP: Hove named Wellmont’s interim CEO

September 16th, 2014 Posted by Media No Comment yet

A former Wellmont Health System executive returns to lead the regional nonprofit organization through the remainder of its search to find a merger.

According to a Monday statement from Wellmont, former CEO Denny DeNarvaez, who abruptly resigned from her post last week with little explanation, was replaced by Bart Hove, a 12-year president of Bristol Regional Medical Center.

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Business Journal: Effort to influence Wellmont’s merger strategy spreading

September 10th, 2014 Posted by Media No Comment yet

An Aug. 13 email from the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce titled “A Message from Our Mayor: Community Forum Concerning the Future of Local Hospitals” marked the beginning of a high-profile effort to influence Wellmont’s merger strategy. Since that day, and particularly following an Aug. 18 community forum in Kingsport, the campaign to “keep control of area hospital systems local” has taken on a life of its own.

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Johnson City News & Neighbor: Wellmont shakeup “step in the right direction”

September 10th, 2014 Posted by Media No Comment yet

At least one local leader who has been calling for more transparency in Wellmont Health System’s search for “an alignment partner” believes Wellmont CEO Denny DeNarvaez’s resignation Wednesday is a good sign.

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