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AccentHealth acquires Everwell waiting room television network

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — AccentHealth on Thursday announced it has purchased the Everwell waiting room television network, a division of MediVista Media. The deal follows AccentHealth’s recent acquisition of Havas Impact’s health panel business, a purchase that doubled AccentHealth’s national footprint. 

“We are pleased to add Everwell’s offices to our waiting room television network,” stated John Curbishley, EVP, business and product development AccentHealth. “We look forward to working with our new physician office partners to introduce AccentHealth’s award winning programming service.” 

“National brand advertisers are increasingly taking advantage of the unique targeting and measurability features of AccentHealth’s networks,” commented Dan Stone, CEO of AccentHealth, “By expanding our national footprint we can become an even more integral part of their media plans.”

Following these two acquisitions, AccentHealth now provides patient education in more than 30,000 locations nationwide, serving over 66,000 medical practitioners and their patients.

MediVista Media will continue to operate its existing Everwell content business producing and distributing health video programming across multiple platforms.


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MinuteClinic, Greenville Hospital System form clinical affiliation

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and GREENVILLE, S.C. — MinuteClinic and Greenville Hospital System — South Carolina’s largest health system, with five medical campuses, outpatient and specialty centers and a large network of physician practices — have entered into a clinical affiliation to enhance access to healthcare services in upstate South Carolina.

MinuteClinic has 11 walk-in medical inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Upstate. The agreement includes locations throughout the Upstate, including Greenville, Simpsonville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Clemson and surrounding communities. Additional locations in Spartanburg and Travelers Rest are expected to open in the spring.

The clinical affiliation encourages collaboration among GHS and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at these locations. GHS will provide the required physician supervision for nurse practitioners at MinuteClinic locations. GHS, an academic medical center, will also help assist with the continuing education needs of the nurse practitioners.

"Part of providing great care is providing the right level of care at times that work for our patients," stated Angelo Sinopoli, GHS’ VP clinical integration and chief medical officer. "Innovations like MinuteClinic and our popular MD360 Convenient Care, which has extended physician hours and accepts walk-in patients, are important elements of an accessible, affordable care continuum."

MinuteClinic and GHS will begin to work toward fully integrating electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual’s care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with other GHS locations. In the meantime, MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers via fax or mail, typically within 24 hours. 


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Harris Teeter approached by two private equity firms and is exploring options

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Wednesday confirmed an earlier Wall Street Journal report that the grocer was in the process of exploring strategic options. 

"While it is the long-standing policy of Harris Teeter Supermarkets not to comment on rumors regarding mergers and acquisitions, in response to certain media articles, as well as to remove any disruption to the conduct of its business and its associates, [Harris Teeter] confirmed today that it has retained J.P. Morgan Securities to assist the company in holding discussions with certain parties regarding strategic alternatives," the grocer stated in a press release. "[Harris Teeter] was approached by two private equity firms who expressed an interest in purchasing the company. In order to fulfill its duty to its shareholders to evaluate opportunities to increase shareholder value, the company retained J.P. Morgan to assist it in conducting discussions with certain highly qualified parties."

Harris Teeter does not plan to provide any additional information until such discussions are concluded, the company stated. 


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