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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH SYSTEM ACQUIRES PHOENIXVILLE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES; ACQUISITION MARKS PENN'S MOVE INTO PRIMARY CARE

 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. William N. Kelley, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Health System, and dean of the School of Medicine, announced today the acquisition by Penn of Phoenixville Medical Associates, Ltd. (PMA), a group of 17 primary care physicians and eight subspecialists.
 PMA offices are located in six suburban sites, including Phoenixville, Royersford, Trappe, Oaks, Pottstown and Lionville. The acquisition became effective Jan. 1.
 "We are thrilled to welcome PMA into the Penn community of comprehensive healthcare," noted Kelley. "By joining together the resources of the Health System with the talents and skills of our newest faculty physicians, we have enhanced our ability to provide a full spectrum of healthcare services to all our patients -- from those who need only a brief visit to their doctor's office to others who may require the most sophisticated hospital care."
 Joel W. Eisner, M.D., president of PMA, noted, "As part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, PMA will be able to provide even more comprehensive care to our patients, and we will play an important role in training Penn's medical students, residents and fellows."
 The University of Pennsylvania Health System, formed in June of 1993, includes the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (composed of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Medicine); Clinical Care Associates, an integrated provider network of primary care physicians and nurses; planned managed care; management services organizations, and other strategic initiatives.
 "The Health System was formed in response to anticipated changes in the external healthcare environment and to allow us, in light of those changes, to continue to maintain and increase excellence in education, research and patient care as a premier academic health center," explained Kelley.
 As part of the acquisition, Eisner becomes associate dean for regional clinical development of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Paul H. Rogers, M.D., currently a managing director and an officer of PMA, becomes senior medical director of Clinical Care Associates.
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