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Independence Blue Cross and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Reach Seven-Year Agreement
Date:3/4/2008

"Our new contract builds on the success of our current contract with Independence Blue Cross. As an international leader in quality pediatric care, Children's Hospital offers Independence Blue Cross members our state-of-the-art facilities and our comprehensive network of more than 3,000 specialists and primary care physicians."

"Because of the professionalism of our long-standing partnership with Children's Hospital, we were able to quickly reach mutual agreement on fair terms well in advance of the end of our current contract," said I. Steven Udvarhelyi, M.D., Independence Blue Cross's chief medical officer. "We look forward to continuing to work closely with Children's Hospital and its physicians, offering high-quality, safe health care to our members' children."

Dr. Udvarhelyi noted that the new agreement encompasses all of Children's Hospital's health care provider facilities and services, including primary care physicians and the complete array of physician specialties and home care at their main campus and at their specialty care and ambulatory surgery centers, and Kids First offices and Primary Care Centers. This also includes professional services provided through CHOP Connection, a network of inpatient pediatric units located in five local community hospitals -- Abington Memorial Hospital, Chester County Hospital, Grand View Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital, and Shore Memorial Hospital -- and through CHOP Newborn Care, a network of neonatal intensive care units located in six hospitals -- The Chester County Hospital, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Doylestown Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Phoenixville Hospital.

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering majo
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