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Pediatrix Acquires Southern California Neonatal Physician Group Practice

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 24, 2004--Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. (NYSE:PDX), today announced that it has completed the acquisition of a neonatal physician group practice based in Torrance, California.

The three physicians in the group practice staff the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at two Little Company of Mary hospitals located in Torrance and nearby San Pedro. The hospitals are owned by the not-for-profit Providence Health System. Combined annual patient volume at the two units exceeds 4,000 NICU patient days.

"We practice medicine in a very challenging market, with pressures from a wide range of sources," said Jon Yamamoto, M.D., one of the partners of the Torrance practice who will now serve as Pediatrix's NICU medical director. "We decided to join Pediatrix because they present us with a stable environment, bringing to us the resources that will allow us to better concentrate on patient care."

Pediatrix paid cash for the group practice, and specific terms were not disclosed. During 2004 Pediatrix has acquired six physician group practices in subspecialties that include neonatal intensive care, maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiology.

About Pediatrix

Pediatrix was founded in 1979. Pediatrix physicians are reshaping the delivery of maternal-fetal, newborn and pediatric subspecialty 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 200 neonatal intensive care units, and through Obstetrix, its maternal-fetal physicians provide services in many markets where Pediatrix's neonatal physicians practice. Combined, Pediatrix and its affiliated professional corporations employ more than 700 physicians in 31 states and Puerto Rico. Pediatrix is also the nation's largest provider of newborn hearing screens and the largest private provider of newborn metabolic screening. Additional information is available at

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Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc., Fort Lauderdale
Bob Kneeley, 954-384-0175, ext. 5300

SOURCE: Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc.