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.
TransCore, the toll booth operator that this summer moved its headquarters to downtown Nashville from Central Pennsylvania, has been awarded management contracts for three of the famous causeways leading into and out of Miami. The deals are worth a combined $13 million and TransCore says it will have its systems up and running by next spring. TransCore is a division of Roper Industries (Ticker: ROP), a Florida-based holding company for a number of industrial and service businesses with 2012 sales of $3 billion.
Law firm Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz has set up shop in Fort Lauderdale with an eye on getting a slice of the large mortgage litigation pie in the Sunshine State. NBJ's E.J. Boyer reports the office — Baker Donelson's 20th in all — is starting work with three attorneys and two paralegals.
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