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Heritage Summit HealthCare Inc. Contracts with Mayo Clinic for Workers' Compensation Care

LAKELAND, Fla., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Heritage Summit HealthCare Inc. announced today that it has added Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, to its provider network. The agreement with Heritage is Mayo Clinic's first with a workers' compensation-only provider network. Heritage is a subsidiary of Florida's largest workers' comp provider, Summit Consulting Inc.

Injured workers covered by Summit-managed carriers now have access to the comprehensive medical procedures and specialized medical professionals for which Mayo Clinic is world renowned.

"We're thrilled to welcome Mayo Clinic to our network. Mayo's reputation for high-quality treatment and groundbreaking research is a perfect fit for handling often complex work-related injuries," said Jeff Hinson, Summit's vice president of Medical Claims. "Having access to Mayo and its resources really strengthens our provider network not only in Duval County, but across our entire operating territory."

Mayo Clinic's dedicated workers' compensation program in Jacksonville is led by Robert M. Chapa, M.D., a leader in Florida's workers' comp medical community. The Workers' Compensation Specialty Care Program at Mayo Clinic offers an integrated approach to medical care with patients having access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists trained to identify and treat even the most complicated work-related injuries.

"We are delighted that Heritage Summit HealthCare has recognized Mayo Clinic's expertise with respect to integrated care and look forward to working with their clients," said Dr. Chapa. "Our commitment to quality care means that our patients will receive a prompt and accurate prognosis, which will save both the employer and employee time and money."

In Florida, Heritage operates as a managed-care arrangement for workers' comp. This means that employers insured with Summit-managed carriers send their injured workers to medical doctors and facilities within the Heritage network. Heritage ensures quality care by accepting only medical providers and facilities that have passed an in-depth credentialing process. Heritage contracts with approximately 4,500 doctors, hospitals, clinics and ancillary specialty services in Florida alone.

About Heritage Summit HealthCare, Inc.

The Heritage Summit HealthCare workers' compensation provider network has more than 16,000 doctors, hospitals, clinics and ancillary specialty services throughout the Southeast. The doctors in the network have extensive credentials with proven experience in workplace injuries. Many are board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The Heritage network is available to employers with coverage through Summit-managed carriers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first." More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers, and 46,000 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which provides comprehensive hospital and outpatient services at each of its major locations--Rochester, Minn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Scottsdale, Ariz. At each site, clinical practice is closely integrated with advanced education and research programs. Collectively, the three locations treat more than half a million people each year.

About Summit

Summit, the parent company of Heritage Summit HealthCare Inc., manages carriers that provide workers' compensation products and services to more than 40,000 businesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Summit--which includes Summit Consulting Inc. and its subsidiaries--is based in Lakeland, Fla., and has offices in Baton Rouge, La., and Gainesville, Ga. It is part of Liberty Mutual Agency Markets, a business unit of Liberty Mutual Group, which consists of property and casualty and specialty insurance carriers that distribute their products and services primarily through independent agents.

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