SOURCE: CHD Meridian Healthcare

January 29, 2008 11:04 ET

CHD Meridian Healthcare Opening 14 New Health Centers for LyondellBasell Industries

Largest Multi-Site Relationship to Date

CHADDS FORD, PA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - CHD Meridian Healthcare, an I-trax, Inc. company (AMEX: DMX), announced the planned opening of 14 new health centers for LyondellBasell Industries. The health centers will serve approximately 4,600 employees in Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The provision of health, pharmacy and wellness services at the workplace is a growing trend. According to a recent survey by Watson Wyatt and the National Business Group on Health, employers are continuing to invest in on-site employee health and wellness centers to control healthcare spending. Easy access to quality care yields cost savings by addressing health events before they require costly emergency room visits, hospital stays, and other care.

"Expanding our occupational health centers was a natural decision for us because we have a vested interest in the health and safety of our employees," said Jeff Bonorden, manager, Industrial Health & Medical, Lyondell Chemical Company, Houston, TX. "We've found that providing care in the workplace improves our employees' health, productivity and job satisfaction."

Implementation of four sites has been completed, three more sites will open in the first quarter of 2008, and the remainder of the locations will open by the end of the year. The centers will provide an array of occupational health services including medical surveillance screenings, workers' compensation injury care, non-occupational medical care and case management. CHD Meridian will operate a total of 15 sites for Lyondell once all of the sites are open.

"At a time when multiple solutions are being proposed to improve healthcare, many of the nation's largest companies are finding workplace healthcare to be a cost-effective solution," said R. Dixon Thayer, chief executive officer of CHD Meridian Healthcare. "As more businesses recognize the value of providing healthcare at the workplace, we are implementing similar on-site programs across the country for multiple organizations. Workplace health reduces random access to care by employees, results in real cost savings, and helps companies achieve employer of choice status."

About CHD Meridian Healthcare

CHD Meridian Healthcare, an I-trax company, is the leading provider of integrated workplace health and productivity solutions. Serving more than 150 clients at more than 300 locations in the United States and Canada, CHD Meridian Healthcare offers on-site health centers that deliver primary care, acute care, corporate health, occupational health and pharmacy care management services, as well as fitness management and wellness programming and integrated disease management programs. CHD Meridian is focused on making the workplace safe, helping companies achieve employer of choice status, and reducing costs while improving the quality of care received and the productivity of the workforce. Managing employer-sponsored health centers for over 40 years, some of CHD Meridian Healthcare's clients include: BMW, Coors Brewing Company, Coushatta Casino Resort, Deutsche Bank, Eastman Chemical, Fieldale Farms, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Lowe's, Toyota and Unum. For more information, visit www.chdmeridian.com.

About LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell Industries is one of the world's largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies. We are the global leader in polyolefins technology, production and marketing; a pioneer in propylene oxide and derivatives; a significant producer of advanced fuel products; and the owner of one of North America's largest full-conversion refineries. Through research and development, LyondellBasell develops innovative materials and technologies that deliver exceptional customer value and products that improve quality of life for people around the world. Headquartered in The Netherlands, LyondellBasell (http://www.lyondellbasell.com) is privately owned by Access Industries.

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Contact Information

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    Michele Hart-Henry
    CHD Meridian Healthcare
    (610) 459-2405 x109
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    Lindsay Rubin
    Edelman
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