Editor’s note: Charlotte Beat is a regular feature on Wednesdays.OrthoNeuro Corporation, which changed its name to Hospital Partners of America (HPA) Tuesday, is an unusual Charlotte company that teams with doctors nationally to own and operate acute care and surgical hospitals.

Hospital Partners, which recently opened Austin Surgical Hospital in Austin, Texas, its first venture, also says it has entered an agreement to acquire Twelve Oaks Medical Center, a two-hospital system in Houston, which it purchased from a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corp.(NYSE:THC).

The company was founded in early 2002 to own and operate hospitals in partnership with physicians. “We believe the delivery of health care services to patients and overall patient outcomes are improved when physicians are involved in the ownership and operation of hospitals,” says Todd Johnson, chief executive officer of HPA.

Johnson says the company’s name change reflects an expanded focus into owning general acute care hospitals in addition to surgical hospitals.

Robots on a roll

Good things are happening for robots in Charlotte. Transbotics Corp., (OTCBB:TNSB), the company that makes laser-guided transportation robots, is on roll.

Transbotics has raised $300,000 in a private placement of common stock.

The company sold 1,200,000 shares of its common stock at 25 cents a share.

At the same time, the company issued $300,000 of convertible subordinated notes at 6 percent a year payable quarterly beginning in November. The notes can be converted by the holder into shares of common stock at 40 cents a share, the company says.

“The infusion of working capital provides the company a good financial platform to continue its efforts to expand its business,” says Claude Imbleau, president of Transbotics.

The company also added John Robison to its board.

Earlier this month, we reported that Transbotics sold a $750,000 robot to a company in the aviation industry, a new field it hopes to pursue further. It’s automatic guided vehicle systems do a variety of materials handling chores for the automotive, food and beverage, chemical processing, newsprint and publishing, microelectronics and other industries.

Tuesday, the 20-year-old company also announced an alliance with Toronto-based R&D Ergo Solutions, which provides materials handling equipment.

New website for Global

Global Compliance Services launched a new corporate web site redesigned by carbonhouse Inc. We reported Global’s change from its former name, Pinkerton Compliance Services last week.

Global provides numerous corporate ethics and compliance resources to companies such as workplace hotlines for reporting corporate misconduct and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance incident reporting management and trend analysis software. Its more than 1,000 clients include about half the Fortune 100.

Robert McCarter, vice president of product development at Global praised carbonhouse. “They exceeded our expectations,” McCarter says.

Founded in 1999, carbonhouse says it combines the core competencies of a design studio, brand consultancy, advertising agency and technology firm.

A journalist, however, might question the usefulness of writing a company name with a lower-case first letter such as the “c” in carbonhouse. It forces writers to convolute their sentences to put the company name someplace other than at the start of a sentence, which one might prefer for branding purposes.

Venturi wins awards

Venturi Technology Partners won two awards from the Society of Technical Communications (STC) in its 2002 publications competition.

STC, a professional society, presented the award of excellence to Joe Johnson, Kari Fernandez and Robertson for work on the SeniorNavigator.com web site.

Don White and Robert Webb received the award of merit of their work on a technical document for the Christian Children’s Fund.

Venturi is a subsidiary of Venturi Partners Inc. (OTCBB:VPTR), formerly Personnel Corp. of America, is a technology-focused staffing and consulting company with a wide range of clients from state governments and Fortune 500 companies to small businesses.

Goodrich hires new division president

Goodrich Corp. (NYSE:GR) has appointed Eric Schulz president of its aviation technical services division.

Schulz was previously president and CEO of EADS Aeroframe Services, a joint venture between EADS and Northrop Grumman providing maintenance and support to Airbus operators in North and South America. A native of France, Schultz has 17 years’ experience in aircraft operations and maintenance in Europe and North America.

Global Compliance: www.globalcomplianceservices.com

carbonhouse: www.carbonhouse.com

Venturia Technology Partners: www.venturitechnologypartners.com