SOURCE: Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)

April 14, 2005 11:00 ET

Private Healthcare Systems Announces Significant Growth to Its Network in Phoenix

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 14, 2005 -- Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), the nation's leading health care cost management company, today announced the addition of St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Center, Arizona Orthopedic Surgical Hospital and Chandler Regional Hospital to its PPO Network effective immediately.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is nationally recognized for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. The 520-bed facility is home to the Barrow Neurological Institute and has a Level I trauma center. The facility also offers advanced cardiology services, cancer treatment, a children's health center and a free standing surgery center.

Opened in May 2004, Arizona Orthopedic Surgical Hospital is a specialty orthopedic hospital with state-of-the-art equipment that allows surgeons to perform specialized procedures including general orthopedics, sports medicine, joint replacement, hand, pain management and podiatric procedures. The facility also has inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with an aquatic therapy pool.

Chandler Regional Hospital offers cancer treatment, telemetry, emergency and Level II trauma and has a new cardiac catheterization lab. Chandler Regional Hospital also provides services to the community through its satellite facilities at Gilbert Health Center, Ahwatukee Foothills Health Center and Sun Lakes Health Center.

Additionally, PHCS patients will also have access to Warner Park Outpatient Surgery Center and St. Joseph's Outpatient Surgery Center. Both facilities provide outpatient services in a convenient, patient-friendly health care environment.

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

About PHCS

For 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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