January 30, 2008

Priority Health Adds Beaumont Hospitals and United Physicians to Its Provider Network

Priority Health, one of the largest health plans in Michigan, has reached agreements with Beaumont Hospitals and United Physicians to join its provider network.

"As we expand across the state of Michigan, we are committed to providing our members with access to affordable, high-quality care," said Mike Koziara, vice president of the eastern region for Priority Health. "Partnering with Beaumont and United Physicians makes this possible."

The Beaumont agreement, which was effective Jan. 1, 2008, gives Priority Health members access to Beaumont facilities across southeastern Michigan.

"Priority Health has a reputation of building strong partnerships with health care providers in local communities," said Mark Johnson, senior vice president of Beaumont Hospitals. "That's why we're confident this agreement will benefit our patients as well as both of our organizations."

United Physicians will become a part of the Priority Health network effective March 1, 2008.

"We are excited about Priority Health and its commitment to southeastern Michigan," said Steven Grant, M.D., president and CEO of United Physicians. "Priority Health has been recognized as a leader among U.S. health plans. We are pleased to join the Priority Health network."

About Beaumont Hospitals

Beaumont Hospitals is a three-hospital regional health care provider operating hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe with 1,696 licensed beds. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak is a Level I trauma center. The Beaumont hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy are recognized as among "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report.

About United Physicians

United Physicians is the largest physician organization in southeastern Michigan with 2,000 physicians. United Physicians' providers have medical staff privileges at a number of the leading hospitals in southeast Michigan. It is among a select few physician organizations nationwide to earn certification in both Credentialing/Recredentialing and Utilization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

About Priority Health

Priority Health is a nationally recognized health plan company based in Michigan. It serves more than a half-million members with a broad portfolio of products including commercial and government health plans. A nonprofit dedicated to providing all people access to affordable health care, Priority Health ranks 11th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Priority Health employs 1,000 people throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula with offices in Farmington Hills, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Traverse City, as well as its headquarters in Grand Rapids. For more information about Priority Health, visit priorityhealth.com.