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Nashville Maternal-Fetal Physician Group Acquired by Pediatrix


Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. (NYSE:PDX) has completed the acquisition of Maternal-Fetal Group, PLLC, a physician group practice based in Nashville, Tennessee, that provides patient care for women with high-risk and complicated pregnancies. The group will practice as part of Obstetrix Medical Group, a maternal-fetal medicine national medical group that is part of Pediatrix.

Maternal-Fetal Group consists of three physicians who provide patient care at three offices in the Nashville metropolitan area. The practice also has agreements to support referring obstetrical practices by providing mobile ultrasound services at approximately 20 sites throughout the metropolitan area. In addition to the physicians, Maternal-Fetal Group also includes more than 40 clinical and administrative staff members.

Maternal-Fetal Group has participated in extensive research to identify causes of premature labor, including an understanding of infections associated with prenatal care, under the direction of Stephen J. Fortunato, M.D.

"Joining with a national group of maternal-fetal physicians gives us the ability to take our practice to a different level," said Salvatore J. Lombardi, M.D., who was one of Maternal-Fetal Group's founding physicians and will serve as Medical Director of Obstetrix in Nashville. "The value added for our subspecialty is the ability to support community-based obstetricians with prenatal diagnosis of fetal and maternal problems. We expect that our ability to collaborate with Obstetrix physicians across the country to accelerate research and conduct clinical quality initiatives will lead to improved outcomes for pregnant women in our community."

Pediatrix paid cash for Maternal-Fetal Group, and the practice is expected to contribute to the Company's earnings immediately. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Investor conference call

Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. will host an investor conference call to discuss the Nashville acquisition, as well as other corporate developments, at 10 a.m. (EDT) today. The conference call Webcast may be accessed from the Company's Website, A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from noon (EDT) today through midnight (EDT) October 15, 2008, by dialing 800-475-6701, access code 963245. The replay will also be available at

About Pediatrix

Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. is the nation's leading provider of neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric physician subspecialty services and recently expanded to include anesthesiology services. Pediatrix physicians and advanced practitioners are reshaping the delivery of care within the maternal-fetal, neonatal intensive care and pediatric cardiology subspecialties, using evidence-based tools, continuous quality initiatives and clinical research to enhance patient outcomes and provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Founded in 1979, its neonatal physicians provide services at more than 250 neonatal intensive care units, and in many markets they collaborate with affiliated maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric cardiology physician subspecialists and pediatric intensivists to provide a clinical care continuum. Combined, Pediatrix and its affiliated professional corporations employ more than 1,200 physicians in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Pediatrix is also the nation's largest provider of newborn hearing screens. Additional information is available at

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Source: Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc.