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Alabama's Baptist Health System and Aegis Health Group Partner to Address Local Employers Health-Management Concerns
Date:4/29/2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Baptist Health System, one of Alabama's largest healthcare systems, has begun working with Nashville-based Aegis Health Group to bring together the health-improvement needs of local employers and their employees with the healthcare resources available at its four hospitals. Aegis brings nearly 20 years' experience assisting hospitals in aligning their programs and services with the unique healthcare needs of area employees.

Aegis' program includes an on-site employer relations specialist and proprietary software that identifies health risks based on information provided by employees and enables employers to predict future health-related costs if current health risks go unmitigated. Participating employees gain access to appropriate early detection, prevention and education initiatives offered by Baptist's hospitals.

Through this partnership, it is expected that employee health will be improved and employer healthcare costs reduced. Employers participating in these programs repeatedly recognize significant dollar savings in employee health costs, absenteeism, healthcare premiums, workers' compensation and other healthcare-related expenditures. Aegis' program can currently be found in more than 4,000 employer sites across the country.

"As one of Alabama's larger employers, we are all too aware of the financial challenges of rising health-related costs," said Ross Mitchell, vice president of communications and government relations for Baptist Health. "We want employers to know that as their healthcare partner they can turn to us for both 'health' and 'care.'"

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System Inc., founded in 1922, is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama with a total of 1,080 beds, approximately 600 doctors and 3,500 employees. It also holds a minority interest in Trinity Medical Center through a joint venture with Community Health Systems. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association.

About Aegis Health Group

Aegis Health Group's national client base includes more than 60 for-profit, nonprofit and academic medical centers that have turned to Aegis to enhance bottom-line profitability by driving top-line growth. No other company has been able to match Aegis' breadth of services, track record and bottom-line proven performance when it comes to building relationships between hospitals and area employers. Further information may be obtained at http://www.aegisgroup.com.


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