SOURCE: Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)

March 17, 2005 08:00 ET

Private Healthcare Systems Adds Fresno Heart Hospital in Central California

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 17, 2005 -- Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), the nation's leading health care cost management company, today announced the addition of the Fresno Heart Hospital to its PPO Network.

The Fresno Heart Hospital is the first dedicated heart hospital in California owned by the local community. This technologically advanced cardiac hospital is a 60-bed facility with four cardiac catheterization labs, three operating rooms, a day program for cardiac catheterization and outpatient surgery, an intensive care unit, an outpatient cardiology program and a chest pain center.

"We are very pleased to add the Fresno Heart Hospital to the PHCS Network," said Keith Vangeison, PHCS Executive Vice President, Networks. "The facility is devoted to the diagnostic, surgical and medical needs of cardiac and vascular patients and will provide state-of-the-art treatment options to our customers and their members in the Central Valley."

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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