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ARUP Laboratories Named a Second Time as One of FORTUNE'S '100 Best Companies to Work For'.

ARUP Laboratories (Associated Regional and University Pathologists, Inc.), a Salt Lake City- based national clinical reference laboratory, has once again earned a place on FORTUNE's annual list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." Its second year in a row on the prestigious list, ARUP is ranked 65th and is Utah's only company to be included.

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According to FORTUNE magazine, 304 companies were selected to compete this year. Scoring was based primarily upon the over 46,000 employee surveys distributed by the Great Place to Work(R) Institute in San Francisco. Businesses were also evaluated on their benefits, practices, policies, and workplace culture.

"We are honored by this award. ARUP continues to foster a culture which promotes integrity, open communication, mutual respect, compassion, creativity, and innovation," said ARUP President and Chief Operating Officer Ronald Weiss, M.D., M.B.A.

In addition to providing its employees low-cost medical and dental insurance, ARUP also offers a variety of other benefits. These include a profit sharing plan, life insurance, disability insurance, tuition reimbursement, medical and laboratory training, continuing education programs, a free on-site health clinic for all employees and their immediate family members, an on-site fitness center, and a health and wellness program which provides on-site fitness consultants, smoking cessation classes, and free mental health, financial, and legal counseling benefits. Additionally, ARUP is one of the few employers in the state of Utah which offers benefits to domestic partners.

"We are very pleased to be included alongside so many outstanding companies," remarked ARUP's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Carl Kjeldsberg, M.D. "From the start, ARUP has always recognized the importance of supporting its employees in all aspects of their lives."

ARUP's family-friendly philosophy allows employees to balance family, work, and school by choosing from a wide variety of flexible job schedules including, traditional hours, days, nights, weekend shifts, four- or three-day work weeks, or seven days on, seven days off.

FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" rankings will be published in the magazine's January 12, 2004 issue, available on newsstands January 4, and is available online at http://www.fortune.com/ .

ARUP Laboratories is a national full-service reference laboratory owned by the University of Utah. ARUP is a worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development, led by the efforts of the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology, LLC. With revenue greater than $190 million and more than 1,600 employees, ARUP offers over 2,000 tests and test combinations, ranging from routine cytology screens to highly esoteric molecular and genetic assays. Rather than competing with its clients, ARUP chooses instead to support clients' existing test menus by offering highly complex and unique tests which enhance their abilities to provide local and regional laboratory services. ARUP's clients include university teaching hospitals, multihospital groups, major commercial laboratories, group purchasing organizations, military and government facilities, major clinics, and major pharmaceutical firms.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit ARUP Laboratories' Web site at http://www.aruplab.com/

CONTACT: Ronald L. Weiss, M.D., M.B.A., President and Chief Operating Officer of ARUP Laboratories, Inc., +1-801-584-5188

Web site: http://www.fortune.com/ http://www.aruplab.com/
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