Radiology companies link up, bring HQ here

Top execs from Optimal Radiology relocate to White Bridge offices from Alabama
Nov 15, 2012 12:49 PM

VU part of consortium to provide online courses

Vanderbilt University is partnering with nine other colleges and universities to offer selected undergraduate courses online for credit in a program to be called Semester Online.

The consortium — which includes  Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Rochester, Wake Forest University and Washington University (St. Louis) — is the nation's first of its kind.

Semester Online courses will be offered through a virtual classroom environment and interactive platform developed by 2U, which previously was known as 2tor. The platform includes live class sessions connecting students and professors, and a social network that allows students to connect and build relationships with peers online.

“We are especially impressed with the strength of the partnership,” Richard McCarty, Vanderbilt provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, is quoted as saying in a article by Melanie Moran (read more here). “2U has taken the lead in drawing together great colleges and universities and we look forward to being an active member of the consortium.”

Online teaching has become a hot area in recent years. Fast Company earlier this year ran a wide-ranging piece on sector leader Coursera.

Nov 15, 2012 12:30 PM

Row wrap: ShowDog renews Universal JV, Pickler lands at new label

Two quick hits from the music biz: First, the record label founded by Toby Keith three years ago has extended its joint venture with Universal Records South. Show Dog-Universal will continue to be run by Mark Wright. And secondly, former American Idol contestant Kellie Picker has founded a new label home at Black River Entertainment after spending six years at 19/BNA Records. Black River CEO Gordon Kerr says Pickler is "rooted in and committed to country music and she's genuine. How can you ask for more than that?"

Oct 8, 2012 2:04 PM

Local health care companies seeking partners in wake of ‘Obamacare’

Growing M&A wave driven by multiple factors
Oct 7, 2012 11:00 PM

Baptist CMO named to Capella-Upper Cumberland board

The entity charged with running three hospitals in eastern Middle Tennessee has named Baptist Hospital’s chief medical officer to its board, deepening the ties between Saint Thomas Health Services and Franklin-based Capella Healthcare. According to a statement released today and linked here, Dr. Geoffrey Smallwood has joined the Capella-Upper Cumberland Healthcare Initiatives board, which oversees the joint venture between Capella Healthcare and the UCHI physicians group that includes DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville, Highlands Medical Center in Sparta and Stones River Hospital in Woodbury.

The three hospitals, along with River Park Hospital in McMinnville, are part of the Capella-Saint Thomas joint venture formed late last year.

Sep 28, 2012 11:50 AM

Saint Thomas agrees to joint venture contract

Home infusion services to be provided by Birmingham company
Sep 27, 2012 7:04 AM

NHI pooling assets with Kansas company

REIT has exclusive right to finance future projects contributed to JV
Sep 20, 2012 6:32 AM

Vanguard in talks to team with Tufts in Massachusetts push

JV would scout for acquisitions, be foundation for ACO
Sep 19, 2012 2:11 PM

Extra foundation money lifts Duke LifePoint's price tag to $483M

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has given the nod to Duke LifePoint's proposed acquisition of Marquette General Health System, subject to a few conditions. One of those was adding $8 million to the payments the joint venture will make to a community foundation, a extra spoonful that takes the acquisition's price tag to $483 million, or about 90 percent of 2010 revenues.

SEE ALSO: Duke LifePoint JV inks Michigan deal

Sep 4, 2012 7:02 AM

Iasis forms JV with Wisconsin system

Companies with combined revenues of $6.6B eyeing M&A, construction opportunities
Aug 27, 2012 11:04 AM