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Thomson Healthcare Undertakes Medical Staff Development Project for IASIS Healthcare

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thomson Healthcare (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) has been selected by IASIS Healthcare LLC, an owner and operator of medium-sized acute care hospitals in high-growth urban and suburban markets, to complete medical staff development planning for eight of its 16 acute care hospitals.

Like other health systems in the United States, IASIS faces tough competition in recruiting doctors from a limited field of candidates. Thomson Healthcare, using its Market Expert(R) market analysis tool, is helping IASIS by characterizing eight markets to identify the current supply and project the future demand for primary and specialty care physicians. Market Expert will help IASIS by pinpointing the number of visits made to various specialists in each market. Thomson Healthcare strategy consultants will analyze the specialties and availability of physicians, identify market opportunities, and prioritize the recruitment needs for each hospital. Thomson Healthcare will ultimately recommend a recruitment strategy that complies with federal regulations and uncovers the optimal recruitment approach.

"Thomson Healthcare is helping us understand the medical staff landscape in some of our communities," said Irene Hudson, vice president for physician recruitment at IASIS. "These insights will enable us to adopt an effective recruitment plan, and help ensure we are developing medical staffs that can appropriately care for our patients and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve."

"We welcome the opportunity to work with IASIS Healthcare on this important project," said Maureen Peszko, senior vice president for Thomson Healthcare. "Our objective is to provide meaningful data and analytics, so IASIS can make sound recruitment decisions."

The medical staff development projects involve eight IASIS hospitals in four states: Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada and Texas.

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 manage the cost 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 (

About IASIS Healthcare

IASIS, located in Franklin, Tennessee, is a leading owner and operator of medium-sized acute care hospitals in high-growth urban and suburban markets. The Company operates its hospitals with a strong community focus by offering and developing healthcare services targeted to the needs of the markets it serves, promoting strong relationships with physicians and working with local managed care plans. IASIS owns or leases 16 acute care hospital facilities and one behavioral health hospital with a total of 2,737 beds in service and has total annual net revenue of approximately $1.9 billion. These hospital facilities are located in six regions: Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida; three cities in Texas, including San Antonio; Las Vegas, Nevada; and West Monroe, Louisiana. IASIS also owns and operates a Medicaid and Medicare managed health plan in Phoenix that serves over 127,000 members. For more information on IASIS, please visit the Company's website at

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