For the Record - Southern Virginia, August 2012

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The Danville and Pittsylvania County region was chosen as one of 15 areas across the nation for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The federal study is undertaken annually to assess the state of Americans’ health and provide a snapshot of the U.S. population. The results often have a bearing on public health laws and regulations.
(Danville Register & Bee)

Nonclinical businesses functions at Danville Regional Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County will be outsourced to Parallon Business Solutions. The move comes as LifePoint Hospitals, parent company of both facilities, seeks to cut costs and achieve more efficiency in its operations.  (Danville Register & Bee, Martinsville Bulletin)

New College Institute, of Martinsville, and Virginia State University are exploring development of an advanced manufacturing program to aid local companies and perhaps help lure technology companies to the area. Certificate work in advanced manufacturing skills and access to engineering degrees are seen as a way to help workers increase their skills and provide a resource to local companies. (Martinsville Bulletin)

EBI LLC, which manufactures mattresses and upholstered furniture for IKEA, donated more than 20 new couches and 30 mattresses to the Salvation Army thrift store in Danville in response to falling donations and supplies. The Salvation Army aids more than 7,000 families a year with daily aid and crisis assistance in Danville and Pittsylvania County. (Danville Register & Bee)

One Danville LLC bought the former Smith Seeds building in downtown Danville from Smith Seeds Inc. for $239,000. Plans call for converting the 36,000-square-foot facility into a 20-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial space. (Danville Register & Bee)

Valley Nephrology Associates of Roanoke, a kidney specialist practice, bought Piedmont Medical and Renal Associates in Martinsville from Dr. James McKay, who plans to retire in the fall. Valley Nephrology operates a dozen locations throughout Southwest Virginia.
(The Roanoke Times)

Verizon Wireless extended its 46 LTE high-speed data network in Southern Virginia, stretching it from Henry County through Pittsylvania to Halifax County. The move is part of an effort to deploy the network nationwide by the end of 2013. (Danville Register & Bee)

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