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Heritage Provider Network CEO Dr. Richard Merkin, Announces the Acquisition of Lakeside Medical Systems, Inc.
Date:11/20/2009

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Heritage Provider Network, and its founder, CEO and President Dr. Richard Merkin, announce that as of November 6, 2009, Lakeside Medical Systems, Inc., as well as all its affiliated entities, have been acquired by Lakeside Medical Organization, part of the HPN family.

"We first and foremost want to assure all of Lakeside's patients that we in the HPN family are dedicated to maintaining the high level of care they are used to in a seamless and cohesive manner," said Dr. Richard Merkin. "Our priority is patients first," he continued. "In addition to ensuring the continuity of care for all of Lakeside's patients, we are also pleased to have saved 700 jobs at Lakeside. These jobs include physicians, nurses, healthcare technicians, case managers, billing clerks, receptionists and other clerical and administrative staff. We believe this acquisition provides for the continued and improved excellence of care for Lakeside's members."

HPN and its family of medical groups are highly regarded by the health plans and regulatory agencies for the quality of medical care provided to their members, and HPN has been selected as one of only ten "elite" medical groups in California by the California Association of Physician Groups. Operating since 1996, HPN's medical groups comprise one of the largest networks of IPAs in California extending throughout Kern County, San Louis Obispo, Lancaster/Palmdale, Victor Valley, Barstow, Palms Springs, Indio and Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Ventura Counties.

The new partnership will offer patients and physicians resources from the HPN family that include home visiting physicians, disease management programs, home based electronic medical monitoring equipment, case managers dedicated to patients at high risk, social workers and palliative care teams. In addition, HPN's affiliated medical groups are leaders in the use of electronic
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