Business transitions for the week of Feb. 8

▪  Ten health care systems across Kentucky have formed the Kentucky Health Collaborative, with a primary objective of raising the standards of care across the state, addressing the commonwealth’s poor health statistics, and reducing the cost of care through greater operational efficiencies.

The founding health systems’ chief executive officers or appointed executives are serving on a steering committee guiding the formation and development of the collaborative.

The initial health systems that have signed on as charter members of the collaborative are: Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Lexington; Baptist Health, Louisville; Ephraim McDowell Health, Danville; LifePoint Health, Brentwood, Tenn.; Norton Healthcare, Louisville; Owensboro Health, Owensboro; St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead; St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood; The Medical Center, Bowling Green; and UK HealthCare, Lexington.

The collaborative’s steering committee has hired William “Bill” L. Shepley as the organization’s inaugural executive director.

▪  Fastline Publications, publisher of Fastline, Fastline de Mexico, Big Ag and Pink Tractor, has changed its corporate name to Fastline Media Group to better reflect the evolution of its print, digital and online content offerings, including custom marketing solutions that serve the agriculture industry.

Over its 38-year history, the niche media company has evolved from print-only publishing to also providing multimedia content that may be accessed across multiple digital platforms.

Fastline Media Group’s rebranding efforts include a new corporate logo and website, which can be seen at

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo