SOURCE: Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)

June 26, 2006 11:30 ET

Private Healthcare Systems Adds Eight Adventist Health Facilities to Its Network

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 26, 2006 -- Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), the nation's leading health care cost management company, today announced the addition of eight California hospitals to its PPO Network. All additions to the network are Adventist Health facilities:

--  Central Valley General Hospital
--  Glendale Adventist Medical Center
--  Hanford Community Medical Center, which also operates Selma Community
--  Paradise Valley Hospital
--  San Joaquin Community Hospital
--  Simi Valley Hospital
--  South Coast Medical Center
--  White Memorial Medical Center
Adventist Health, headquartered in Roseville, California, operates health care facilities throughout California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. The system includes 20 hospitals with more than 3,100 beds, 19,000 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, 16 home care agencies and three joint-venture retirement centers.

"Both Adventist Health and PHCS share a commitment to providing access to a wide range of high-value, cost-effective health care services," said Rodney Corker, President of Adventist Health/Managed Care. "Participating in the PHCS Network enables us to deliver on this pledge to our communities, and we welcome their customers' members to our facilities."

"We are very pleased to offer our customers and their members access to these facilities and health care services," said Keith Vangeison, PHCS Executive Vice President, Networks. "All eight hospitals are valuable additions and a very important component in delivering convenient, comprehensive health care."

About PHCS

For more than 20 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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