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Premier Health Partners and Upper Valley Medical Center Announce Proposed Joint Operating Agreement

DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 7, 2007 – Premier Health Partners and Upper Valley Medical Center today announced plans to enter a joint operating agreement in 2008.

Under the proposed agreement, Troy-based Upper Valley Medical Center would become the fourth hospital affiliated with Premier.  Current members include Miami Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton and Middletown Regional Hospital in Middletown. 

The Premier Health Partners board of trustees will be expanded to 21 members to include three new members from UVMC.

The agreement provides for the establishment of a $100 million fund to support health care services in Miami County.  The fund would be established with $50 million retained from UVMC’s current cash reserves and $50 million from Premier. 

Tom Breitenbach, president and CEO of Premier Health Partners, said, “Having Upper Valley Medical Center as a partner is an ideal fit with Premier's continued commitment to the communities throughout our nine-county service area.  Upper Valley is a strong organization with an excellent reputation as a quality health care provider.  We look forward to working with the UVMC Board and management team to bring this new relationship to fruition.”

David J.Meckstroth, UVMC president and CEO, said, “The relationship with Premier would enable Upper Valley to expand resources, gain economies of scale and maximize efficiencies and effectiveness in important areas, such as information technology, purchasing and recruitment/retention of medical practitioners. 

“UVMC’s long-standing relationship with Premier and the affiliate hospitals has been a positive, mutually beneficial one through the years.  UVMC patients who need care not provided locally, such as heart surgery or neurosurgery, are routinely referred to Miami Valley Hospital or Good Samaritan for such tertiary care.  This relationship with Premier will better position us to be able to fulfill our mission over the long term,” Meckstroth said.