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Nashville Neonatal Group Joins MEDNAX Network
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jul 20, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MEDNAX, Inc., (NYSE: MD) today announced the acquisition of Mid-Tennessee Neonatology Associates, a physician group practice that manages the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at hospitals throughout the Nashville metropolitan area.

Mid-Tennessee Neonatology's 10 physicians and 14 neonatal nurse practitioners will practice as part of MEDNAX's Pediatrix Medical Group operating division, a national group practice of neonatal, maternal fetal, pediatric cardiology and other pediatric subspecialists.

Mid-Tennessee Neonatology Associates staffs seven NICUs, including the Level III Women's Hospital at Centennial and Middle Tennessee Medical Center. In addition, the practice provides hearings screen at a total eight hospitals, including six of the hospitals at which it provides neonatal and well-baby care. Combined patient volume for the practice is in excess of 22,000 annual NICU patient days.

"In Pediatrix we've found a partner that will help us to manage the growth that we anticipate for our practice, and that will allow us to participate in comprehensive clinical quality programs," said M. Sami Ismail, M.D., who founded the practice in 1989 and will continue as Pediatrix's Medical Director. "With Pediatrix's electronic physician note system we'll be able to better compare the quality of our group's patient care with neonatal practices across the country. We'll have the kind of evidence-based tools that will help us to improve care for our babies."

Mid-Tennessee Neonatology is a part of the statewide Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC), a collaborative effort of neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine practices that is led by Vanderbilt University and is identifying opportunities to improve birth outcomes and deliver evidence-based medicine.

Neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine physicians practicing as part of Pediatrix in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville are participating in the collaborative, which will be using the Pediatrix QuIPS System (Quality Improvement Project System) to track neonatal and maternal-fetal outcomes for selected projects.

Mid-Tennessee Neonatology was acquired for cash, and the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to MEDNAX's earnings. No additional terms of the transaction were disclosed.


MEDNAX, Inc., is a national medical group that comprises the nation's leading provider of neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric physician subspecialty services as well as anesthesia services. Physicians and advanced practitioners practicing as part of MEDNAX are reshaping the delivery of care within their specialties and subspecialties, using evidence-based tools, continuous quality initiatives and clinical research to enhance patient outcomes and provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Pediatrix Medical Group, a unit of MEDNAX, was founded in 1979 and now includes neonatal physicians who provide services at more than 250 neonatal intensive care units, who collaborate with affiliated maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric cardiology and pediatric intensivist physician subspecialists to provide a clinical care continuum. Pediatrix is also the nation's largest provider of newborn hearing screens. In 2007, the Company expanded into anesthesia services. Today, American Anesthesiology includes more than 450 anesthesiologists and advanced practitioners. MEDNAX, through its affiliated professional corporations, employs more than 1,275 physicians in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Additional information is available at

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Bob Kneeley, 954-384-0175, ext. 5300
Director, Investor Relations