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IPC The Hospitalist Company Presents IPC Hospitalist of the Year Award to Tim Osonma, M.D.

San Antonio Physician First to Receive New Accolade

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM), a leading national physician group practice company, announced today that Timothy Osonma, M.D. has been presented with the IPC Hospitalist of the Year Award for 2008. The award was given to Dr. Osonma at a dinner on February 25th in San Antonio, TX, where he practices. Selected by the senior management team, the award includes an honorarium to Dr. Osonma. Additionally, IPC will make a $2,500 donation to the Methodist Healthcare Ministries in San Antonio, a charity designated by Dr. Osonma.

Adam Singer, M.D., Chairman and CEO, said, "Tim was selected from a field of over a thousand providers that are employed by or affiliated with IPC. It is clear to all at IPC that Tim embodies the highest standards of excellence in hospitalist medicine, which, in a word, is leadership. The practice of hospitalist medicine continues to make great strides as exemplified by Dr. Osonma's ability to lead practice groups and provide high quality inpatient care to hospital patients. At IPC, we are striving to improve the delivery of hospitalist medicine, and are fortunate to have Tim help lead us in that direction."

John Geanes, IPC's Executive Director for the San Antonio region, commented, "Dr. Osonma's practice group is as well managed and effective a hospitalist practice as I have ever seen. Tim is consistently admired by his fellow hospitalists, the hospital's medical and executive staff, and most importantly, his patients. As an organization, we are fortunate to have many outstanding hospitalists at IPC, but none could be more deserving of this award as Tim."

Born in Nigeria, Dr. Osonma completed his postgraduate training at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital in 1995. Dr. Osonma has been an IPC hospitalist since 2003 at Methodist Hospital, where he sits on several clinical and executive committees. In accepting the award, Dr. Osonma commented, "I am honored to be selected among such a fine and dedicated group of hospitalists as those that work with IPC. I am fortunate to be supported in my vision of how hospitalist medicine should be practiced."

About IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc.

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM) is a leading national physician group practice company focused on the delivery of hospitalist medicine services. IPC's physicians and affiliated providers manage the care of hospitalized patients in coordination with primary care physicians and specialists. The Company provides its hospitalists with the comprehensive training, information technology, and management support systems necessary to improve the quality and reduce the cost of inpatient care in the facilities it serves. For more information, visit the IPC website at

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