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Pediatrix Expands Neonatal Services in Tampa-St. Petersburg

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jul 11, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pediatrix Medical Group (NYSE: PDX), the nation's leading physician group focused on neonatal and maternal-fetal care, expanded its services in Florida's Tampa- St. Petersburg area with the acquisition of a neonatal physician group practice serving patients admitted to Brandon Regional Hospital.

The physician group practice consists of two neonatal physicians and two advanced nurse practitioners and a neonatal physician assistant who provide critical care to sick and premature newborns admitted to the hospital's level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The practice also provides well-baby physician services.

The practice has annual patient volume of more than 5,000 NICU patient days.

"As a small group, we often miss out on participating in clinical trials and maintaining collegial relationships with other neonatologists; joining Pediatrix enables us to expand our relationships and contribute to and benefit from significant research initiatives," said Nancy K. Landfish, M.D., Pediatrix's Medical Director at the Brandon practice. "I recently participated in a clinical trial with Pediatrix and through that experience learned its focus was similar to ours, only bigger, putting patients and quality first and I welcome being part of a national research group that is quality oriented."

In this clinical trial, Pediatrix researchers evaluated more than 5,000 neonatal outcomes to compare the effects of two different respiratory treatments. Pediatrix's Center for Research and Education routinely collaborates with physician practices, healthcare organizations and academic institutions across the country to conduct research programs aimed at advancing care for neonatal and maternal-fetal patients.

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

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

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