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UnitedHealthcare and UNC Health Care sign long-term contract

Aug. 15, 2007

UnitedHealthcare and UNC Health Care sign long-term contract

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE UNH) company, has signed a three-year contract with the University of North Carolina Health Care System. The new contract, effective September 15, continues to make available to UnitedHealthcare members the full range of inpatient and outpatient services at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, and Raleigh’s Rex Healthcare, as well as UNC Physicians and Rex Physicians.

“Our long relationship with UNC Health Care has benefited UnitedHealthcare members who expect us to be focused on providing them with access to quality and affordable health care,” said Austin Pittman, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina. “By entering into this renewed long-term relationship, both UnitedHealthcare and UNC Health Care are showing their on-going commitment to quality and affordability that benefits people across our state.”

“By entering into this renewed long-term relationship, both UnitedHealthcare and UNC Health Care are showing their on-going commitment to quality and affordability that benefits people across our state.”

“We take our responsibility to the people of North Carolina very seriously and are pleased to make this announcement,” said Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the School of Medicine and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System. “It was very important for UNC Health Care and United to work together to ensure continued coverage for the thousands of patients who choose us for their care.”

UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina serves more than 800,000 North Carolinians statewide through a health care network that includes 113 hospitals and more than 13,000 physicians. In addition to providing members with broad access to health care services, UnitedHealthcare is the industry leader in providing members with information on health care issues, health and wellness, and information on the quality and cost effectiveness of hospitals and physicians nationwide.

Media contacts:
Roger Rollman, UnitedHealthCare, (336) 540-7636, (800) 232-8959, or Roger_f_rollman@uhc.com.

Lynn Wooten, UNC Health Care, (919) 966-6046 or LWooten@unch.unc.edu.

 

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare (www.unitedhealthcare.com) provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of more than 26 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 535,000 physicians and care professionals and more than 4,700 hospitals nationwide to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

About UNC Health Care
The UNC Health Care System is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care. The UNC Health Care System, with 6,000 employees, serves patients in all 100 counties of North Carolina and includes UNC Hospitals (NC Memorial, Children’s, Women’s and Neurosciences), consistently ranked among the best medical centers in the country; the UNC School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution; community practices; home health and hospice services in seven central North Carolina counties; and Rex Healthcare, a private, not-for-profit health care system, with 4,000 co-workers serving patients each year at locations throughout Wake County. Its main Rex Hospital campus in west Raleigh is a 665-bed facility offering dedicated centers for surgery, family birth, heart and vascular, rehabilitation and wound care, among others. Rex is the first hospital in the Triangle to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, which places Rex nurses among the top 2 percent in the country.

For more information, visit www.unchealthcare.org or rexhealth.com.