September 4, 2008

Priority Health Classic Debuts in Ann Arbor on Sept. 7

Priority Health:

 WHAT:    Priority Health will host its inaugural Cycling Classic in downtown Ann Arbor on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. The event is expected to draw thousands of spectators to a town already known for producing elite athletes. For additional event details, please go to  BENEFIT: Priority Health is offering Breakaway VIP Club tickets, priced at $25, which will grant access to an exclusive viewing area hosted at Palio's Restaurant, which is located at the races' start/finish line. All proceeds for the event will benefit the Ann Arbor Public Schools' physical education programs.  WHEN:    Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008; Races begin at 10 a.m.  WHERE:   Priority Health Media Tent Palio's Restaurant, 347 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Mich.  Race Schedule: -- Sr. Women's (Category 2-4): 10 a.m. -- Masters 35+ (Category 1-4): 10:40 a.m. -- Sr. Men's (Category 2 & 3): 11:30 a.m. -- Saint Joseph Mercy Medical Group Kids Race: 12:20 p.m. -- Sr. Women's (Category 1-2): 12:45 p.m. -- Men's Pro 1: 2 p.m.  WHO:     The Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic will feature several professional teams including: -- HealthNet presented by Maxxis -- Jittery Joe's -- Toshiba Santo presented by Herbalife -- Bissell -- Colavita presented by Sutter Home -- Cheerwine -- Verducci/Breakaway -- Team Tibco 

About Priority Health

Priority Health is a nationally recognized health plan company based in Michigan. It serves more than a half 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 eleventh in the nation according to U.S. News and 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, Grand Rapids, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Traverse City. For more information, visit

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Trinity Health, is a health care organization serving Washtenaw, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, western Wayne and southwestern Oakland counties. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital with 74 beds, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell with 136 beds and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia with 304 beds. Combined the four hospitals are licensed for 1,051 beds, employ more than 8,400 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 1,500 physicians. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit