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Virtual Radiologic and NightHawk Radiology Announce Merger
Date:9/27/2010

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a national radiology practice and leader in the development of radiologist workflow technology, and NightHawk Radiology (Nasdaq: NHWK), a leading provider of radiology solutions to radiology groups across the United States, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which vRad will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of NightHawk Radiology Holdings, Inc. for $6.50 per share in cash. The offer price represents a premium of 100% over NightHawk's last closing stock price of $3.25 per share. The transaction is valued at approximately $170 million.

The combination of vRad and NightHawk will result in enhanced services to radiology groups and hospitals across the country, accelerating vRad's stated commitment to optimize radiology's critical role in the delivery of patient care. The combined entity will have 325 radiologists serving nearly 2,700 healthcare facilities across all 50 states and reading approximately 6 million studies annually. Additionally, more than 75 percent of the affiliated radiologists will be fellowship-trained subspecialists.

"Local radiology practices and hospitals are under intense pressure to deliver the highest quality care in the most efficient manner possible," said vRad President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Kill. "The need for expanded access, improved quality, and reduced costs is clear. Both vRad and NightHawk have been delivering these benefits in partnership with local radiologists for many years. This combination – which brings together both companies' talented team members and affiliated radiologists – will expand access to much-needed subspecialty expertise, helping to improve the quality of patient care across the United States. We look forward to working with NightHawk's talen
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