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Bon Secours Health System adds Baltimore hospital to growing organization.

MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 1996--

Liberty Health System to integrate with existing Bon Secours facilities

Bon Secours Health System Inc. (BSHSI), a leader in Catholic health ministry, announced Friday that Baltimore's Liberty Health System, a 280-bed acute care hospital and its new Urban Medical Institute, have joined the list of facilities becoming part of the fast-growing multi-state non-for-profit health care organization.

The facilities of Liberty Health System will form an important part of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. The agreement was finalized Monday, Nov. 18, 1996 in Baltimore. BSHSI now consists of 15 acute care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, and seven long-term care facilities.

"Baltimore remains an important part of our organization that will continue to expand," said Christopher M. Carney, acting CEO of BSHSI. "Our objective is to deliver the quality care called for in our mission through fully integrated systems in the areas we serve. The Community HealthCare Network, the new Urban Medical Institute, as well as our two acute care hospitals give us a very strong presence in the Baltimore area," said Carney.

The relationship between Liberty Health System and Bon Secours Baltimore Health System began over two years ago in a joint venture called The Baltimore Community HealthCare Network, a primary care organization consisting of 10 locations in the city. The Urban Medical Institute is a research and educational facility devoted to the advancement of non-traditional care focusing on preventive care, wellness, and early intervention.

"This is great news for the Baltimore area," remarked Everard O. Rutledge, new CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and former president and CEO of Liberty Health System. "With more than two centuries of community-based service between Bon Secours and Liberty, people here can have confidence that we will continue to provide and expand the non-traditional health care solutions that meet their needs," he said.

The board of directors of the two institutions will be combined to form a single governing body chaired by former Bon Secours Baltimore Health System Chairman William J. Gorman. Former Liberty Chairman Arnold L. Williams will serve as vice chairman of the consolidated board. Sr. Nancy Glynn, C.B.S., will serve as president of the board.

Bon Secours Health System recently announced the acquisition of hospitals in Altoona, Pa., and Norfolk, Va., as well as a partnership with a facility in Newport News, Va. The system has nearly doubled in size in the last three years and has facilities in six states on the East Coast and Michigan. It employs over 19,000 people and projects annual net revenue of over $1 billion.

Bon Secours Health System is a body of people who share the healing ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Catholic Church. It provides health care services to those in need, especially the poor and dying, for the purpose of alleviating human suffering and affirming human meaning in the midst of pain and loss.

CONTACT: Bon Secours Health System

Chris Carney or Ed Boyer, 410/442-5511
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