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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Joins Private Healthcare Systems PPO Network


WALTHAM, MA -- 12/15/2004 -- Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), the nation’s leading health care cost management company, today announced it expanded the PHCS Network in Texas by adding The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

With 32,000 providers and 350 facilities participating in Texas, the PHCS Network offers members across the state exceptional access to health care. More than 95% of the state’s physicians contract with the PPO.

Located in Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center emphasizes exceptional patient care in addition to teaching and cutting edge technologies. UT Southwestern is world-renowned for its research facilities and boasts four active Nobel laureates and 15 members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences on its faculty. UT Southwestern has nearly 1,400 full-time faculty members and offers extensive clinical services through affiliations with several well-respected North Texas hospitals:

-- Zale Lipshy University Hospital -- a 151-bed private facility with specialized services that include thoracic surgery, neurological surgery, orthopaedics, urology, otolaryngology and ophthalmology;
-- St. Paul University Hospital -- a 330-bed facility known for its heart and lung transplant program, cardiovascular care, high-risk obstetrics, breast surgery and family practice residency program;
-- Children’s Medical Center Dallas -- Dallas’ only medical facility dealing exclusively with diseases and disorders of children.

“PHCS prides itself on the strength and integrity of its PPO Network,” said Russ Moran, PHCS Executive Vice President, Networks. “The addition of UT Southwestern Medical Center is an important element in providing our customers and their members in the Dallas area with access to the most comprehensive and cost-effective health care possible.”
“We are very pleased to be working with Private Healthcare Systems,” said Dr. John McConnell, Executive Vice President of Health System Affairs at UT Southwestern. “We are deeply committed to developing and delivering leading-edge care to our patients. Through our relationship with PHCS, we are now able to extend our services to even more members of the community.”

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. PHCS is the second largest care management company in the nation as well as the largest proprietary PPO in the country. The PHCS Network includes nearly 450,000 providers and 4,200 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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