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What Lies Ahead for Capital Expenses Budgets?
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Sometimes when you take a look back, you can see just how far you've come. Other times, you can see just how little progress you've made. Unfortunately, the latter may be more true in the case of capital expense budgets, as healthcare leaders continue to hold fast to their dollars—putting their money into only the most necessary of initiatives. [Read More]

  March 7, 2011

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Determining Your Organization's Value
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ACOs: From Volume to Value
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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
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Sheridan Healthcare, Sunrise, FL
Rating: B
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $160 million
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
Remarks: Physician outsourcing provider Sheridan Healthcare Inc. will be using funds from a proposed $160 million incremental term loan B to fund acquisitions. S&P affirmed a B corporate credit and existing issue-level ratings. The outlook was revised to positive from stable, reflecting the company's more disciplined financial policy.
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