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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare Announce Contract Renewal

ATLANTA, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) and Piedmont Healthcare announced today that they have reached agreement on a three-year contract, effective August 1, 2009.

Under the agreement, BCBSGA HMO/POS and PPO members can continue to access Piedmont Healthcare as an in-network provider, including services from Piedmont Clinic physicians, Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, and Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Newnan.

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with Piedmont Healthcare," said Amy Cheslock, vice president of health services, BCBSGA. "As the state's largest health benefits provider, this new contract allows us to continue offering our members a wide range of choices and continued access to affordable, quality health care."

"We are pleased to renew our participation in the BCBSGA provider network that serves so many of our patients," said Gregory A. Hurst, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Piedmont Healthcare. "Piedmont has a long-standing commitment to the residents of Georgia and the communities we serve. This agreement ensures that BCBSGA members will continue to have access to the highest quality healthcare and the physicians and hospitals they have come to trust."

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association(R) . The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at

About Piedmont Healthcare

Piedmont Healthcare (PHC), a not-for-profit organization, is the parent company of Piedmont Hospital, a 481-bed acute tertiary care facility in the north Atlanta community of Buckhead, named Best in Atlanta for Overall Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery (2008 and 2009) by HealthGrades(R); Piedmont Fayette Hospital, a 143-bed, acute-care community hospital in Fayetteville; Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, a 42-bed community hospital in Jasper; and Piedmont Newnan Hospital, a 143-bed, acute-care community hospital in Newnan. Piedmont Healthcare also is the parent company of the Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI), which combines more than 60 renowned cardiologists in the Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians with more than 30 offices across north Georgia, and the 162-bed Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta; Piedmont Philanthropy, the philanthropic entity for private fundraising initiatives; the Piedmont Physicians Group, with more than 100 primary care physicians in 30 offices throughout metro Atlanta; and the Piedmont Clinic, a 600-member physician network. Three Piedmont Healthcare hospitals--Piedmont Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital--received the top three patient satisfaction scores among metro Atlanta hospitals according to the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey released in March 2009 and are among the Most Wired hospitals in the nation. For more information, visit

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