Mindy Tate is leaving her role as executive editor of the Williamson Herald to become the next executive director for Franklin Tomorrow.
Tate, who was selected from a nationwide pool of more than 50 applicants, was a co-founder of the Herald in 2005. She will lead the 10-year old community organizing group beginning in mid-April, filling the post vacated by Natalie Dodd Whitten, who resigned from the post earlier this year.
“Through my work in the community, I have developed a strong heart for service and I think the potential of an organization like Franklin Tomorrow to have a positive impact on this city's future is unrealized,” Tate said. “Under the leadership of a strong and active board, I look forward to implementing the plan for the future as we share the evolving vision of the citizens of Franklin for their hometown."
"It is said the only constant is change and here at the Williamson Herald we are experiencing a great deal of change. It is with great pride and excitement that we announce another change at the Herald, Mindy Tate, who has been at the editorial helm for the life of the paper, has been named to the position of executive director at Franklin Tomorrow, " Jones said. "Mindy was the driving force behind the start and success of the Williamson Herald. We would not be here today if not for her hard work, dedication, and love of covering and writing about this community.""She is the ideal choice for the leadership of Franklin Tomorrow. We know the passion and love she fosters for the city of Franklin will continue to grow and take the organization to new heights," he said. "Here at the Herald we have a talented staff and are excited about our next steps. We will not be able to replace Mindy's experience and relationships but we will continue to publish a quality product that covers the spirit of the diverse communities of Williamson County. We wish her all the best and look forward to working with her in a different capacity."
Community Health Systems' planned acquisition of Mercy Health Partners will go before a county judge in Pennsylvania on Monday. The court's approval is required for the nonprofit entity to sell to the for-profit, Franklin-based hospital operator.
Separately, Pennsylvania press reported that the Sisters of Mercy began moving out of one of the buildings that CHS would acquire with the purchase:
CHS spokeswoman Tomi Galen said the for-profit had no involvement in "any discussions or decisions about the sisters' relocation." She added that it was too soon to say what the building will be used for after the sale is finalized.
"We have not evaluated the properties or made any plans," she said.
(Yes, we know they spelled her name wrong.)
Iasis Healthcare may face some competition in its bid to acquire St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston, which is being sold as part of the bankruptcy proceedings of majority owner Hospital Partners of America.
According to a local report, at least one other company — McVey & Co. Investments — has received approval from the trustee to begin doing research toward becoming a qualified bidder in an auction scheduled for April 15. McVey & Co. is a startup private equity firm that last month struck a deal to buy Spring Branch Medical Center from HCA.
“We will continue to fight for the preservation of a Houston institution and for St. Joseph Medical Center to be owned and operated by Houstonians for Houstonians,” said Marty McVey, president of the Houston firm, which invests in medical technologies but until recently had not been a major player in hospital deals.
Medical transcription company MedQuist Inc. (Ticker: MEDQ) has filed notice with the Nasdaq Stock Market that it intends to voluntarily delist its common stock effective April 14. The delisting is justified, the company said, because its Franklin-based parent MedQuist Holdings Inc. (Ticker: MEDH) now owns about 97 percent of the company.