Surfin' Plumbers come to town

Nashville native and plumbing services veteran Tab Hunter is bringing his Florida-based company to the area. The twist on the enterprise Hunter acquired in 2010: It's surfer-themed.

“Our brand is sticky,” Hunter says. “When people see our trucks, they always ask, ‘What is that?’ or ‘Who are The Surfin’ Plumbers?’ I think that people who don’t live on a coastline find the brand more appealing. If you think about it, [the Sarasota-Manatee] area is not known for surfing, but the brand still resonates.”

May 24, 2012 11:48 AM

Tennessee AG 'indicates' it won't approve NHI purchase

Office sends notice to nonprofit target that it doesn't like planned sale of seven facilities
May 22, 2012 2:33 PM

Direct sues its Florida general agency

Local auto insurer says Links Insurance refuses to pay promised commissions, fees
May 21, 2012 2:22 PM

NASBA names director of legislative affairs

Florida lobbyist will serve national association in newly created position
May 10, 2012 11:08 AM

HCA Florida hospitals unionize

National Nurses United officials are basking in the glow of a wide-ranging labor deal they've signed with HCA executives in Florida. The new contract covers more than 3,000 nurses at 10 hospitals across the Sunshine State. Union leaders plan to leverage the deal in other parts of the country.

RNs say the settlement could influence negotiations at 6 other HCA hospitals in Texas and Missouri where NNU affiliates are also in first contract talks.  In December, 2011, 450 RNs at HCA's MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, members of NNU's Nevada affiliate, reached agreement on their first contract.  HCA RNs at two San Jose, CA, hospitals begin their negotiations for contract renewals this month.  Menorah Medical Center RNs in Kansas will do the same this summer.

May 8, 2012 7:11 AM

Sitel opens Florida call center

Sitel today announced the opening of a new call center in Ocala City, Fla.

The center is expected to hire 500 customer support agents.

“This is a very exciting time for Sitel as we grow our North American footprint and continue to mean more to our clients, shareholders, associates and communities,” Judy Morris, Sitel vice president of human resources for the Americas, said in a release. “We are moving quickly and establishing a strong managerial staff to lead this new site.”

Nashville-based Sitel is a business process outsourcing provider with an international presence.

May 7, 2012 2:37 PM

Healthcare Realty unloads some Florida properties

In their first-quarter earnings report Wednesday, Healthcare Realty Trust executives said they had spent $21.3 million on acquisitions. The Nashville-based real estate investment trust has since recouped that money and then some by selling some of its properties in Florida.

Healthcare Realty last month sold to Texas-based MedProperties and AW Property out of Palm Beach medical office buildings in the Tampa area as well as farther south in Venice, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers. Combined, the buildings have almost 240,000 square feet.

Separately, the company also sold to AW and New York-based HRE Capital a 34,500-square-foot MOB in Lehigh Acres. In all, the sales put $33.3 million in Healthcare Realty’s bank account, but the company — which owns another dozen or so properties in Florida — said in its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it expects to book a small impairment charge on the deal.

May 3, 2012 7:10 AM

Servpro accuses Florida competitor of trademark infringement

Purosystems ignores requests to remove moniker
Mar 9, 2012 1:56 PM

HCA taps new West Florida president

HCA announced today that it has named Peter Marmerstein as its new West Florida Division president, succeeding Dan Miller.

“Peter is a veteran hospital administrator with more than 30 years experience in multiple settings,” said Chuck Hall, President of HCA’s National Group. “He has a proven track record and has done a great job leading the integration of the two CJW campuses while continuing to foster growth and expand their services. We are pleased to welcome him to the West Florida Division”

In his new position, Marmerstein will oversee "16 hospitals and 16 surgery centers on the west coast of Florida and near Orlando."

Feb 21, 2012 10:20 AM

Florida prison privatization plan voted down

Nashville-based Corrections Corp. of America and its main competitor GEO Group won't have a chance to pick up hundreds of millions of dollars in new Florida business after legislators there voted against a plan to privatize more than 20 prisons. GEO's CEO had called the proposal the private prison sector's biggest-ever contract opportunity. Shares of CCA (Ticker: CXW) have held steady over the past few days and are up about 11 percent in the past three months. The company last week beat analysts' estimates with its fourth-quarter earnings.

Feb 15, 2012 7:28 AM