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Chattanooga Oncology to Merge with Larger Group
Chattanooga Oncology & Hematology Associates (COHA) has signed a Letter of Intent to merge with Nashville-based Tennessee Oncology. The merger will be finalized during the next few weeks, and will create one of the largest networks of physician-owned oncology practices in the nation.
Effective January 1, 2013, COHA will change its name to Tennessee Oncology. COHA patients will have expanded access to new services and clinical trial research provided by the same physicians and staff in the same four locations that have been serving cancer patients in Chattanooga and surrounding areas since 1986.
“We are excited about this merger and what it means for the future of our practice,” said Edward Arrowsmith, M.D, President of COHA. “It is the best way for us to navigate the changing healthcare environment and remain an independent community oncology practice. Most importantly, it allows us to continue providing the best possible care and offer the most innovative cancer treatments and services.”
Tennessee Oncology has a longstanding research alliance with COHA through a strategic partnership with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, and will now offer expanded access to clinical trials and specialized services to all COHA patients. This includes access to Tennessee Oncology’s Park Pharmacy, a full-service pharmacy dedicated to oncology and hematology medications not commonly stocked in community retail pharmacies.
“COHA initiated discussions with us several months ago, and we believe this merger is a win-win for both parties as our two practices share very similar philosophies, especially when it comes to making sure patients always come first,” said Tennessee Oncology CEO Jeff Patton, M.D. “We are both committed to advancing the science of oncology through clinical trial participation and to making sure patients have access to the same clinical trials available through academic institutions in their own communities close to their homes.”
The combined Tennessee Oncology and COHA programs will offer a comprehensive range of cancer care services including specialized oncology nursing care, laboratory services, outpatient chemotherapy, PET/CT services, and patient education and support services.
“Ultimately, this merger benefits cancer patients across Tennessee,” said Dr. Patton. “Our combined services will offer unsurpassed cancer care, cutting-edge treatments and access to more clinical trials than any other program in the state.”
For more information about Tennessee Oncology visit tnoncology.com or call 1-877-836-6662.
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The Labor Department says that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 312,000. That is the lowest four-week average since October 2007, just two months before the Great Recession started. The average has fallen by 53,500 applications over the past 12 months.
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Employers added 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February, the Labor Department reported. Hiring has picked up after a slowdown caused by severe winter weather.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent.
Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Investment bank Goldman Sachs says its first-quarter earnings fell as fixed income trading slumped.
The bank earned $1.9 billion in the quarter, down 11 percent from the same period a year earlier when it made $2.2 billion.
The earnings were equivalent to $4.02 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet had predicted earnings of $3.49 a share.
Revenue totaled $9.3 billion, down 8 percent from a year earlier, when the bank generated revenue of $10.1 billion. The latest quarterly revenue beat analysts' expectations of $8.7 billion.
Goldman's stock rose $2.78, or 1.8 percent, to $160 in pre-market trading.
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The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, says global snack volume rose 2 percent while beverages were even from a year ago.
In its closely watched North American beverage unit, PepsiCo Inc. says volume was even. Growth in other drinks offset a 1 percent decline in sodas.
For the quarter, the company earned $1.22 billion, or 79 cents per share. Not including one-time items, it earned 83 cents per share, above the 75 cents per share Wall Street expected.
A year ago, it earned $1.08 billion, or 69 cents per share.
Revenue edged up to $12.62 billion, higher than the $12.39 billion analysts expected.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.
Toy makers are facing a weak environment globally due to the uncertain economy and popularity of electronic gadgets.
The largest U.S. toy maker says its net loss for the three months ended March 31 totaled $11.2 million, or 3 cents per share. That compares with net income of $38.5 million, or 11 cents per share last year. Analysts expected earnings of 7 cents per share.
The company which makes Disney Princess dolls and Hot Wheels cars says revenue fell 5 percent to $946.2 million. Analysts expected $947.6 million. Barbie revenue dropped 14 percent.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Target is vastly expanding the goods that are available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.
The nation's second-largest discounter first dabbled with subscriptions last September, trying to win over haggard parents with 150 baby care products.
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