SOURCE: Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)

December 09, 2005 09:00 ET

Private Healthcare Systems Reopens New Orleans Office

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 9, 2005 -- Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), the nation's leading health care cost management company, announced the official reopening of its New Orleans office. The site had been closed due to Hurricane Katrina.

The occasion was marked with an employee event attended by PHCS President & CEO Joseph Driscoll. He was joined by Armand Morin, Senior Vice President, Operations, Elizabeth St. Sauveur, Vice President, Network Operations and LeeAnn Solomon Christ, Vice President & Associate General Counsel.

"We are very pleased and thankful to be here today," said Joseph Driscoll. "Each of our New Orleans employees is safe and our office was spared any significant damage. In the face of devastating crisis, the New Orleans staff demonstrated extraordinary ingenuity, loyalty and commitment to keeping their business online. While we offer our deep sympathy to those who have lost so much here in Louisiana, today we celebrate a new beginning and look forward to a bright, successful future together."

Most of the sixty New Orleans employees have returned to the Poydras Street location. Several others who were displaced by the storm chose to relocate to alternate PHCS offices. The New Orleans staff received an outpouring of support and assistance from fellow employees around the country, as well as the company itself.

In the aftermath of the hurricane, PHCS was able to transfer the site's care management, provider and claims operations to other regional offices, avoiding any disruption in service to customers.

"Effective health care is ultimately based on local relationships. The reopening of our New Orleans office is critical for PHCS to best meet the needs of our local provider community, as well as our regional customers and their members," commented Mr. Driscoll.

PHCS established its presence in New Orleans with last year's acquisition of American LIFECARE.

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. PHCS is the second largest care management company in the country as well as 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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