Wellcare and Adventist Health System Partner to Expand Florida Provider Network

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The Florida Division of Adventist Health System (AHS) and WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced today that AHS Florida Division joined WellCare’s provider network for Medicare, Medicaid and Healthy Kids beneficiaries throughout Florida.

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Our number one priority is to provide our members with timely access to affordable, quality healthcare

The Florida Division of Adventist Health System (AHS) and WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced today that AHS Florida Division joined WellCare’s provider network for Medicare, Medicaid and Healthy Kids beneficiaries throughout Florida. Effective March 1, 2008, all 17 AHS hospitals, 16 Centra Care locations, five Florida Radiology Imaging centers, two ambulatory surgery centers, and six home health agencies in Florida are available to provide care and services to WellCare members.

“Our number one priority is to provide our members with timely access to affordable, quality healthcare,” said, Tom Summerill, president of WellCare of Florida. “We are pleased that AHS Florida Division has joined our network. This new partnership gives people even more choices, increasing access to hospitals, urgent care centers and physicians. AHS is well respected and recognized for their quality and compassion, and we look forward to working with them to serve our members’ healthcare needs.”

Adventist Health System provides a wide range of health services, including many nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women’s medicine, neurology, diabetes and rehabilitation. Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit, Protestant health care organization in the United States with 36 hospitals in 10 states totaling more than 6,300 beds and serving nearly 4 million patients annually.

The AHS Florida Division includes 17 hospitals throughout Florida including: Florida Hospital Altamonte; Florida Hospital Apopka; Florida Hospital Celebration Health; Florida Hospital East Orlando; Florida Hospital Kissimmee; Florida Hospital Orlando; Winter Park Memorial, A Florida Hospital; Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center; Florida Hospital Lake Placid; Florida Hospital Wauchula; Florida Hospital DeLand; Florida Hospital Fish Memorial; Florida Hospital Flagler; Florida Hospital Oceanside; Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial; Florida Hospital Waterman; and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

“We are pleased to join WellCare’s provider network and to serve the healthcare needs of their members,” said Kevin Lay, vice president at AHS Florida Division. “Our teams have a shared goal of making sure that the communities we serve have access to quality healthcare. Our new partnership gives us an opportunity to achieve that goal and have a positive impact on the lives of those who’ve entrusted their healthcare needs to us.”

About AHS Florida Division
The Florida Division of Adventist Health System (AHS) includes 17 hospitals, 16 Centra Care locations, and multiple ancillary providers. AHS is the largest not-for-profit, Protestant health care organization in the United States with 36 hospitals in ten states totaling more than 6,300 beds and serving nearly 4 million patients annually. For more information, please visit http://www.adventisthealthsystem.com.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services exclusively for government-sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families and children, the aged, blind and disabled, and prescription drug plans, currently serving over 2.3 million members nationwide. For more information about WellCare visit the Company's website at http://www.wellcare.com.

AHS Florida Division Contact:
Florida Hospital Media Relations
407-303-8217
FH.MediaRelations @ flhosp.org

WellCare Contact:
Amy Knapp
813-290-6208
amy.knapp @ wellcare.com

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