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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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TimesNews: Wellmont’s assets need to stay under local control, panel says

August 19th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

KINGSPORT — Wellmont Health System’s assets need to remain under local governance, a panel of regional power players told a supportive standing-room-only crowd at a Kingsport Higher Education Center forum on Monday night. (more…)

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