LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., received a letter from shareholder Accipiter Capital Management informing the company that Accipiter plans to nominate three directors for election at LifePoint's annual shareholders meeting. LifePoint has eight shareholders, including its chief executive officer. The nominees include Earl Holland, former chief operating officer and vice chairman at Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla.; Mohsin Meghji, a financial adviser and a director of former post-acute provider Mariner Health Care; and Nicole Viglucci, a healthcare analyst at Accipiter. At deadline, LifePoint had not responded to a phone call seeking comment, and the company does not appear to have filed a proxy statement scheduling an annual meeting. Last week, Accipiter urged LifePoint to scuttle a deal to acquire five hospitals from HCA, Nashville, and to add new managers and directors to improve the company's financial results. LifePoint and HCA on Monday said they were renegotiating the $330 million deal. Also, in a news release today, LifePoint said it completed the previously announced sale of Smith County Memorial Hospital, Carthage, Tenn., to not-for-profit Sumner Regional Health Systems, Gallatin, Tenn. -- by Vince Galloro
LifePoint shareholder to nominate three directors
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