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Saint Barnabas Health Care System Expands Business Relationship with Thomson Healthcare

STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Saint Barnabas Health Care System, New Jersey's largest integrated healthcare delivery system, has expanded its business relationship with Thomson Healthcare (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC), to participate in a clinical benchmarking program focusing on quality improvement initiatives.

The Saint Barnabas System will use the custom solutions expertise of Professional Services from Thomson Healthcare to help achieve its performance improvement goals through the clinical benchmarking program.

"We have a history of commitment to quality improvement and look forward to working with the Thomson Healthcare Professional Services team to collect and integrate data throughout the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. This support will help us continue to focus on quality improvement initiatives to better serve our patients and surrounding communities," said John A. Brennan, M.D., Executive Director of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Hard evidence of Saint Barnabas Health Care System's commitment to improvement is the organization's record of setting national rates of performance improvement in comparison to peer hospitals over five years: Saint Barnabas Medical Center (2006 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders), Clara Maas Medical Center (2005 and 2006 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders), Monmouth Medical Center (2005 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders), and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (2005 and 2006 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders as well as the 2006 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success).

"The Saint Barnabas Health Care System has been a leader in improving hospital-wide performance nationally for the past two years. This means Saint Barnabas hospitals have made very significant increases in the value these hospitals are providing to the local communities," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals programs, Center for Healthcare Improvement, Thomson Healthcare.

"This relationship is a testament to the Saint Barnabas System's quest to continuously improve. It is gratifying to see them take this step with Thomson Healthcare through the Professional Services custom solutions initiative," said Robert Porr, northeast regional director, Thomson Healthcare.

About Saint Barnabas Health Care System

The Saint Barnabas Health Care System is New Jersey's largest integrated health care delivery system. It includes Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville; Community Medical Center in Toms River; Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood; Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

The System also includes the Saint Barnabas Outpatient Centers with the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston and the Saint Barnabas Caterina A. Gregori, M.D., Women's Center for Gynecological Surgery in West Orange; Clara Maass Medical Center, West Hudson Division in Kearny; two children's hospitals; eight nursing and rehabilitation centers and two assisted living facilities, ambulatory care facilities, geriatric centers, a psychiatric facility, a state-wide behavioral health network and comprehensive home care and hospice programs.

The Saint Barnabas Health Care System provides treatment and services for more than 225,000 inpatients and same day surgery patients, 450,000 Emergency Department patients and over 1.5 million outpatients each year, and delivers more than 17,500 babies annually. The System includes more than 20,000 employees (second largest private employer in the state), 4,750 physicians and 443 residents.

About Thomson Healthcare

Thomson Healthcare is the leading provider of decision support solutions that help organizations across the healthcare industry improve clinical and business performance. Thomson Healthcare products and services help clinicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies understand healthcare markets, access medical and drug information, manage costs, and improve the quality of healthcare.

Thomson Healthcare is a part of The Thomson Corporation, a provider of value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in the fields of healthcare, law, tax, accounting, scientific research, and financial services. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). For more information, visit

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