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Pediatrix Acquires Michigan Neonatal Physician Group

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 09, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. (NYSE:PDX) has entered the Michigan market with the acquisition of a neonatal physician group practice based in Saginaw.

The three physicians of the acquired Saginaw group provide 24-hour critical care services to sick and premature newborns admitted to Covenant Medical Center's Level III, 42-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The physician group practice has annual patient volume of more than 11,000 NICU patient days and more than 1,700 well-baby patient days.

"We've come a long way in the past few years in improving the efficiency of our practice, but it is becoming much more difficult to manage many complex billing and insurance tasks," said Khawar Mohsini, M.D., medical director for the Saginaw practice. "Pediatrix's support will enhance the clinical aspects of running the practice through clinical quality initiatives, connection to a larger neonatal community and more time to pursue programs supporting moms and babies in the community."

Including the acquisition in Saginaw, Pediatrix has completed eight physician group practice acquisitions during 2005.

Pediatrix paid cash for the practice and the transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings.

Pediatrix is advancing the delivery of critical care among its community of more than 790 subspecialist physicians nationwide by providing powerful clinical tools and promoting evidence-based clinical quality programs that allow physicians to focus on improving patient outcomes.

Pediatrix is the nation's leading physician group practice providing neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric subspecialty physician services. Pediatrix has created the world's largest database of neonatal outcomes and its researchers analyze this patient database to identify new directions in neonatal care, such as ways to reduce infection, enhance growth for very tiny infants, and increase breastmilk feeding.

About Pediatrix

Pediatrix was founded in 1979. Pediatrix physicians and advanced nurse practitioners are reshaping the delivery of maternal-fetal and newborn care, identifying best demonstrated processes and participating in clinical research to enhance patient outcomes and provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Its neonatal physicians provide services at more than 220 NICUs, and through Obstetrix, its perinatal physicians provide services in many markets where Pediatrix's neonatal physicians practice. Combined, Pediatrix and its affiliated professional corporations employ more than 790 physicians in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Pediatrix is also the nation's largest provider of newborn hearing screens and newborn metabolic screening. Additional information is available at

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SOURCE: Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc.

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