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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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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Eleanor A. Smith

Managing Director, Corporate & Healthcare Practice Groups

Eleanor A. Smith

Managing Director, Corporate & Healthcare Practice Groups

Eleanor Smith joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in 2005. She is currently the Managing Director for the Corporate & Securities and Healthcare Practice Groups. She is responsible for strategic planning and implementation related to client development, service and satisfaction.

Eleanor has more than 15 years of business development and practice management experience. With respect to business development, her primary focus is on attracting work for the firm, devising strategies for expanding client relationships, building national brand awareness, creating successful individual business development plans as well as attracting lateral talent critical to the growth of the firm. Her practice management responsibilities include analyzing and reporting on financial performance; monitoring utilization and resolving productivity and staffing matters; advising on recruiting decisions; leading lateral integration; and facilitating communication between practice groups and client teams with respect to cross-selling and other collaborative activities.

Eleanor is focused on certain strategic service areas for these practices including mergers and acquisitions, public company advisory, private equity, healthcare regulatory, operations and compliance, and resolving software vendor issues for hospitals.

Eleanor helped design two important strategic events for the firm, the Health Care Investors Conference connecting healthcare providers with potential private equity sponsors and the Specialty Pharmacy CLE program, one of the only programs available for in-house counsel in this industry.

Eleanor is a member of the Nashville Health Care Council's Leadership Health Care and the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a past Chair of the Nashville Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. She has served on the board of directors for Our Kids, Inc. since 2006 and was a 2013 Nashville Emerging Leader Award Finalist in the category of business services. 


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