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The Little Clinic appoints new chief legal officer

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. The Little Clinic has hired William Wright to serve as its chief legal officer.

Formerly with Stites & Harbison PLLC, Wright has counseled The Little Clinic since 2006 and joined the company in July. While as an attorney at Stites & Harbison PLLC, Wright focused on regulatory, legislative and operational issues for healthcare providers and institutions.

“Will’s experience in areas such as medical ethics, compliance and operations make him an invaluable member of our corporate family,” stated Lisa Loscalzo, president of The Little Clinic. “His guidance will help The Little Clinic develop its healthcare practice policies and procedures and ensure our ongoing compliance with state and federal regulations.” 

In addition to counseling The Little Clinic, Wright represented diverse clients including multi-state long-term care operators and Tennessee non-profit hospitals. With more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, he also previously worked with HCA (Ethics and Compliance) and was the proprietor of Wright Healthcare Solutions, an operations consulting firm for the long-term acute care hospital industry.

The Little Clinic operates in-store health clinics inside select Kroger stores in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan; King Soopers in Colorado; Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona and Publix supermarkets in Georgia and Florida.

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Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab to open 11 new sites

BY Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab, which operates a network of retail health clinics for over-the-road professional truck drivers, announced on Thursday that emergency room physician Royce Brough has received licenses for 11 sites throughout six states.

Brough, a practicing emergency room physician with more than 35 years of experience, will be opening a location in Oklahoma City, Okla., within the next 90 days followed by Dallas in the first quarter 2010. The remaining sites, to be located in California, New Mexico, New Jersey and Indiana, will be open “as quickly as possible.”

“Keeping with our mission to deliver convenient healthcare to professional drivers coast to coast we are pleased to be working with Dr. Royce Brough to grow a national network of velocity through franchising and licensing,” stated Bob Perry, president of Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab and vice chair of the American Transportation Association Safety Management Council’s Health & Wellness Working Group. “Dr. Brough is an accomplished physician and we are fortunate to have him on board with Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab.”

Brough is also founder of The Brough Group and Hospital Physicians of America.

Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab began offering franchising and licensing opportunities within a limited number of markets in February 2009. Since then the company has secured sites in Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois and Georgia.

Through an exclusive partnership with Pilot Travel Centers, the company provides cost-effective convenient care medical services including DOT physicals and compliance, wellness programs, sleep apnea studies and treatment and nutritional products for drivers. Pilot is the largest operator of truck stops in the United States with more than 300 locations in 41 states. Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab has planned for a total of 80 sites throughout the United States located exclusively at Pilot Travel Centers in order to meet the needs of the 4.2 million over-the-road professional drivers.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb extends deadline for Medarex acquisition

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb has extended its acquisition offer for a biotech company that uses a proprietary technology platform to develop treatments for chronic diseases, Bristol announced Thursday.

The New York-based pharmaceutical giant announced that its tender offer for Medarex would expire at midnight on Wednesday. It had originally been scheduled to expire Monday. Medarex develops monoclonal antibodies for cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases using its UltiMAb technology.

Bristol said that more than 11.5 million shares of Medarex had been tendered and that Medarex shareholders would receive $16 per share upon the closing of the deal.

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