SOURCE: Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)

March 17, 2005 08:00 ET

PHCS Renews Relationship With Community Medical Centers

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 17, 2005 -- Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), the nation's leading health care cost management company, today announced the renewal of its long-standing relationship with Community Regional Medical Center and Community Medical Center in Central California.

As members of the Community Medical Centers Health System, the Medical Centers provide a full continuum of care to patients in the San Joaquin Valley. Opened in 1988, Community Medical Center - Clovis is an acute-care facility offering a complete array of medical and surgical treatments, including a cardiac catheterization laboratory, the Surgical Videoscopic Center of Excellence, 24-hour emergency care, urgent care and a critical care unit. Community Regional Medical Center is the health system's flagship hospital with a full-service emergency department, state-of-the-art radiology and cardiology departments, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, rehabilitation, pediatric services and cancer treatments.

"We are very pleased to renew our relationship with Community Regional Medical Center and Community Medical Center," said Keith Vangeison, PHCS Executive Vice President, Networks. "For more than 13 years, PHCS and the Community Medical Centers have worked together successfully to provide access to the most convenient and cost effective health care to the Central Valley. We look forward to their continuing participation in the PHCS Network."

About PHCS

For 19 years, Private Healthcare Systems has been meeting the network and care management needs of customers across the country. Corporate headquarters are in Waltham, Massachusetts, with regional offices located throughout the United States. The largest national proprietary PPO, the PHCS Network includes nearly 450,000 providers and more than 4,000 facilities. PHCS is the first and only national PPO to earn four endorsements of quality from two independent, nationally recognized quality assurance organizations, NCQA and URAC.

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