Regional law firm Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz has recruited three Tallahassee attorneys, two of them from Florida powerhouse firm Broad and Cassel, to open its 20th office. The outpost is being led by Kelly Overstreet Johnson, a former president of the Florida Bar Association. Baker Donelson made its first Florida move in late 2011 by bringing on an Orlando firm and followed that with a Fort Lauderdale office last summer.
Florida Medicare Advantage insurer AvMed has renewed its contract to use the SilverSneakers fitness program marketed by Franklin-based Healthways. The two-year extension also comes with an expansion that includes a new pedometer-based walking program. AvMed first began contracting with Healthways in 2008.
Law firm Eraclides Gelman Hall Indek Goodman & Waters, which runs 10 offices in Florida and Georgia, has recruited Allen Callison to open its first outpost in Tennessee. Callison, who was formerly with Morgan & Akins, has set up shop on Poston Avenue in West End and is being supported by two Eraclides attorneys in Atlanta. Eraclides specializes in workers' compensation defense and also handles other liability cases and Medicare compliance work.
Rick Scott, the former HCA CEO turned Florida governor, is set for a bruising Florida battle with Charlie Crist, the former Sunshine State governor who officially switched to the Democratic side of the aisle a year ago after declaring himself an independent in 2010. Bloomberg says campaign spending may be shattered in the process.
HCA Holdings has won the bidding war for 198-bed Citrus Memorial Health System north of Tampa, bidding $140 million and committing to spending another $45 million to spruce up the hospital's operations in the next five years. HCA beat out Tampa General Hospital as well as Health Management Associates and Brentwood-based RegionalCare Hospital Partners.
Marmerstein said HCA plans to turn it around by bringing in services unavailable locally, such as robotic surgery. He also anticipates bolstering services such as inpatient behavioral health. HCA will consider adding new residency programs at Citrus Memorial to train future doctors.
National Health Investors has drawn on its revolving credit line to buy an Alabama retirement community for $12 million and has signed a 15-year lease deal with Discovery Senior Living. The two companies also have signed a deal to have NHI fund a $2.5 million second mortgage on a Discovery project in Florida. Check out the details here.
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