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Pediatrix Expands Pediatric Intensive Care Services With Tacoma Group Practice Acquisition

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2004--Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. (NYSE:PDX) has expanded its pediatric intensive care physician services with the acquisition of Pediatric Specialty Care, P.S., a pediatric intensive care physician group practice based in Tacoma, WA, serving patients at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, which is on the same campus as Tacoma General Hospital. Both hospitals are owned by Multi-Care Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare organization.

The practice includes six pediatric intensivists who provide 24-hour in-house patient services at a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) with annual volume in excess of 3,000 patient days.

"We're very pleased to be part of an organization that allows physicians to focus more time on patient care and lets us shed a lot of the administrative burdens associated with running a practice," said Gary S. Park, M.D., Pediatrix's PICU medical director at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital following the acquisition.

The Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Tacoma General is managed by a group practice that has been part of Pediatrix's national group since 1997, and patient services were expanded in 1999 when a maternal-fetal medicine physician group practice that cares for expectant mothers with complicated pregnancies joined the Obstetrix Medical Group of Pediatrix.

"We've seen first hand the benefits of physicians working as part of Pediatrix," said Dr. Park. "By practicing together, we will have an opportunity to combine several critical care services and work with our hospital partner to make additional clinical infrastructure investments in a way that should improve care within this region while reducing the number of costly and clinically risky transports to other medical centers."

With the completion of the Tacoma group practice acquisition, Pediatrix employs more than 40 pediatric intensivists who staff PICUs at hospitals located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Washington, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.

Pediatrix paid cash for the practice and the transaction is expected to be accretive to 2004 earnings per share. Specific terms were not disclosed.

During 2004, Pediatrix has completed the acquisition of five 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, x-5300

SOURCE: Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc.