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For Immediate Release
UNITEDHEALTHCARE PLAN PARTICIPANTS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO VIA CHRISTI HEALTH HOSPITALS IN WICHITA
WICHITA, Kan. (Sept. 2, 2011) — UnitedHealthcare and Via Christi Health have expanded their network relationship, providing UnitedHealthcare’s employer, individual and Medicare plan participants access to all five Via Christi Health hospitals in Wichita.
The hospitals provide comprehensive health care services including the regional burn center, neurocritical care, transplant, cancer center, state-of-the-art operating and endoscopic suites, sports medicine and acute psychiatric care. Previously, only Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital participated in UnitedHealthcare’s care provider network; the expanded relationship now includes the other four Via Christi hospitals in Wichita, including Via Christi Behavioral Health Center.
“This new relationship gives UnitedHealthcare plan participants full access to Via Christi Health’s Wichita hospitals,” said Randy Peterson, senior vice president of Via Christi Health Hospitals and interim CEO of Via Christi Health. “We’re pleased to have this opportunity and are committed to ensuring that they have the best patient and family experience possible.”
“Our expanded relationship with Via Christi Health reflects UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to provide Kansans with broad access to quality, affordable health care,” said Bill Tracy, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Kansas. “Via Christi is an important provider of health care services in this area, and we know our customers appreciate having local access to this outstanding organization.”
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves nearly 245,000 Kansans with a care provider network of 126 hospitals and more than 4,000 physicians statewide.
About Via Christi Health
Via Christi Health, a Catholic-sponsored ministry affiliated with Marian Health System and Ascension Health, is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs more than 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2010, it provided more than $82.8 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor. Visit viachristi.org.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
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