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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Anna Grizzle on Louisiana Wrongful Death Case for Modern Healthcare

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January 29, 2010

Anna Grizzle, attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims, is quoted in Modern Healthcare regarding a Louisiana wrongful death case against a hospital where backup generators failed in the 2005 aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The article by Gregg Blesch, titled "Weighing the Cost of Disaster; Trial Could Raise Stakes for Emergency Planning," appears in the January 25, 2010 edition.

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The case gained national attention in 2007 when the Louisiana Supreme Court decided the family could seek damages under general liability rather than limiting the lawsuit to the realm of medical malpractice, which in Louisiana would have capped damages at $500,000, with the hospital operator responsible for a fifth of that sum and the balance paid by the state Patient’s Compensation Fund, (Sept. 10, 2007, p. 12). "If you’re in a state with caps for malpractice cases, then a plaintiff may be looking for alternative theories that get them out from under those caps," said Anna Grizzle, a member of the law firm Bass, Berry & Sims. "The idea has been planted," she added. "The question is, will it ever take hold in a circumstance outside of Katrina?"

The case would be more likely to have a broad effect if the disaster involved were less extraordinary, Grizzle suggested. "Courts are often reticent to take a unique set of circumstances and to say, 'We're going to establish brand-new law here based on a once-in-a-lifetime event,' " Grizzle said.


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