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Pediatrix Expands Its Pediatric Cardiology Services With Arizona Group Practice Acquisition

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 15, 2003--Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. (NYSE:PDX) has completed the acquisition of one of the nation's largest private pediatric cardiology physician practices, a 13-physician group that is based in Phoenix.

Arizona Pediatric Cardiology Consultants, APCC, has built a strong regional reputation for clinical excellence, providing comprehensive physician services to fetal and pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. APCC's expertise includes echocardiography and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations. Additionally, APCC provides pacemaker therapies and electrophysiology studies. The group maintains offices in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson and operates outreach clinics throughout the State of Arizona, including certain Indian Reservations.

Pediatrix paid cash for the practice, and the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. Specific terms were not disclosed.

"This transaction provides strong clinical synergies for our patients in Arizona and throughout the southwestern U.S., and it is an important milestone in our efforts to establish a national group of pediatric cardiologists that can draw on the considerable resources provided by Pediatrix," said Roger J. Medel, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Pediatrix Medical Group. "Pediatric cardiology represents an attractive opportunity for us to expand our patient services and to continue to integrate the medical care offered to our high-risk patients."

The APCC physicians already work closely with Pediatrix's physicians who provide high-risk maternal-fetal care and neonatal specialists who provide care to high-risk patients in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson.

"We enjoy a long-standing and successful clinical relationship with Pediatrix and we have been impressed by the integrated care model that they have developed for high-risk pregnancies and high-risk newborns," said Roy Jedeikin, M.D., Medical Director of APCC. "We look forward to the opportunities to contribute to that clinical model."

Pediatric cardiology is a vitally-important subspecialty within pediatric medicine and is linked closely with maternal-fetal and neonatal intensive care. There are approximately 1,500 board-certified pediatric cardiologists in the U.S. and about 40,000 infants, or 1 percent of all babies born in the U.S. each year, are born with congenital cardiovascular malformations. Advances in diagnostic procedures have made it possible to identify cardiovascular malformations relatively early in a pregnancy, and pediatric cardiologists routinely work closely with maternal-fetal specialists and neonatologists to improve patient outcomes.

The acquisition of APCC significantly expands Pediatrix's pediatric cardiology practice, which had consisted of eight pediatric cardiologists practicing in South Florida.

During 2003, Pediatrix has acquired six physician groups practicing within the neonatal, pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiology subspecialties, and has expanded by receiving contracts to manage additional neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in two U.S. markets. In addition, Pediatrix this year 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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Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc.
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