October 6, 2008

Baton Rouge General and PHNS Announce New IT Outsourcing Services Agreement

Baton Rouge General, its parent General Health System and PHNS Inc. today announced a new three-year agreement under which PHNS will provide information technology (IT) staffing and related services to Baton Rouge General and General Health System.

PHNS has provided IT services to Baton Rouge General and General Health System since July 2000. The new contract is effective October 1, 2009.

"We are pleased to work with our long-term IT service provider, PHNS," said Dionne Viator, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the General. "We have made a significant investment in IT to optimize patient care and transform our hospital into the top tier of hospitals in the nation for the effective use of information technology. The PHNS staff is very familiar with our organization, our needs and our IT initiatives. PHNS provides us with excellent quality of services as well as consistency which is critical to IT initiatives," added Viator.

"The agreement enables us to provide critical IT services to a valuable hospital partner, Baton Rouge General, which recently was named as one of the 'Top 25 Most Connected Healthcare Facilities' in the nation by Health Imaging and IT magazine," said Rick Kneipper, Chief Administrative Officer and Co-Founder of PHNS.

About Baton Rouge General:

Baton Rouge General is a 544-bed community hospital with two locations, serving a nine-parish region of south central Louisiana. It is the only community-owned, not-for-profit, full service hospital in Baton Rouge. General Health System is the parent organization of Baton Rouge General. For further information visit www.BRGeneral.org.

About PHNS:

PHNS provides information technology (IT) services for hospitals, other healthcare providers and businesses. PHNS' IT services include application hosting, co-location and managed services; electronic off-site data back-up and data vaulting; business continuity solutions; disaster recovery services; and systems integration services. PHNS also provides comprehensive business process solutions for hospitals including health information management (including medical record management and storage, transcription, coding, release of information and electronic medical record services), advisory and receivables management services. PHNS creates business-healthy hospitals by improving operations, enhancing technology and increasing cash on hand, which allows hospitals to focus on their core competency--patient care. PHNS has approximately 1,670 customers, including approximately 400 hospital IT and business process customers and approximately 1,270 IT customers. PHNS is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. See www.phns.com for additional information about PHNS.