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Pediatrix Acquires Virginia Neonatal Physician Group

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan 5, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The nation's largest provider of maternal-fetal and newborn physician services, Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc., (NYSE:PDX) has expanded its presence in Virginia with the acquisition of a neonatal physician group practice based in Lynchburg.

"Physicians continue to be drawn to our national group practice because we are proving that our integrated care model makes it possible for them to focus on improving patient care in their community," said Roger J. Medel, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Pediatrix.

The acquired group consists of three neonatal physicians who provide patient services at the Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Virginia Baptist Hospital. The neonatal physician practice at Virginia Baptist has annual patient volume in excess of 7,000 patient days, which includes care provided in both the NICU and the newborn nursery.

"We have enjoyed a strong relationship with the neonatal physicians practicing at Virginia Baptist, and we look forward to them bringing the resources of Pediatrix's national physician group, including their commitment to improving patient outcomes through research, professional education, and clinical quality initiatives to families in Central Virginia," said George W. Dawson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Centra Health, a regional healthcare system serving central Virginia that includes Virginia Baptist.

Pediatrix physicians currently provide neonatal physician services in several Virginia markets, including Alexandria, Virginia Beach and nearby Roanoke.

Pediatrix paid cash for the physician group practice, and specific terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Pediatrix's earnings.

During 2003, Pediatrix acquired four neonatal physician group practices, two pediatric cardiology practices and a pediatric intensive care practice and entered into three contracts to provide neonatal physician services in several new markets. In addition, Pediatrix acquired the nation's largest independent laboratory providing newborn metabolic screening.

About Pediatrix

Pediatrix was founded in 1979. Pediatrix physicians 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 200 NICUs, and through Obstetrix, its perinatal physicians provide services in many markets where Pediatrix's neonatal physicians practice. Pediatrix also employs pediatric intensivists, pediatric hospitalists, and pediatric cardiologists. Combined, Pediatrix and its affiliated professional corporations employ more than 690 physicians in 30 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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