—Health First, a Rockledge, Fla., health system, plans to acquire Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates, a multispecialty physician practice. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Health First said in a news release that it plans to combine the new practice with its existing physician group and rename the entity Health First Medical Group. It will have a total of 250 physicians who will work in a number of locations, according to the release. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, but Health First said it expects Health First Medical Group to begin operating in February. The full integration is expected to take 18 to 24 months, and the system is working with a strategic consulting firm to aid in the transition process.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.
—Dr. Roxane Townsend, former CEO of the Health Care Services Division of LSU Health System, Baton Rouge, La., was named CEO of UAMS Medical Center and vice chancellor for clinical programs for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, both in Little Rock. Townsend, 55, on Feb. 1 will succeed Richard Pierson, 67. Pierson is retiring at the end of December after 31 years at UAMS. Melissa Fontaine, UAMS Medical Center COO and associate vice chancellor for clinical programs, will serve as interim CEO until Townsend begins, according to a news release. Townsend was replaced as CEO at LSU's Health Care Services Division in September following the naming of a new head for LSU Health.