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 CLEVELAND, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Mutual Insurance Company today announced that it has added University Hospitals of Cleveland to its northeast Ohio hospital network. The agreement provides Community Mutual's managed care customers with medical, surgical and intensive- care services, as well as outpatient care.
 "We are extremely pleased to welcome Community Mutual's customers to University Hospitals," said M. Orry Jacobs, University Hospitals' senior vice president, strategic planning. "University Hospitals' prominence in patient care, research and teaching, combined with Community Mutual's history of customer service, financial stability and progressive thinking will undoubtedly lead to a long partnership that will benefit both organizations."
 Other Cleveland-area hospitals associated with Community Mutual include: St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center, Elyria Memorial Hospital, Fairview General Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Meridia Health Systems, Southwest General Hospital, Geauga Hospital, Lake Hospital System, Ashtabula County Medical Center, Brown Memorial Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Geneva.
 Community Mutual offers a full range of managed care products, including: Community Choice, a point-of-service plan; Health Maintenance Plan, Community Mutual's health maintenance organization (HMO); and Community Preferred Health Plan, a preferred provider organization (PPO). Community Mutual insures more than 40,000 Cleveland- area residents in its managed care health plans, and covers an additional 70,000 area residents in more traditional insurance programs.
 "The addition of a world-class institution such as University Hospitals gives Community Mutual a comprehensive, geographically balanced hospital network in Cleveland," said Brad Buxton, senior vice president of Community Mutual's Health Care Management division. "This partnership will be valuable to our customers and, ultimately, provides Community Mutual with an advantage in a highly competitive marketplace."
 According to Buxton, Community Mutual employs a variety of methods to evaluate the effectiveness of hospitals and physicians in its networks, including detailed analysis of quality and utilization.
 "As a company, we are committed to working with hospitals and physicians to secure quality, appropriate care at the best price for our customers. As a result, our relationships with both groups throughout the state are built on trust and teamwork," said Buxton.
 "We focus on the cost of services provided, the quality of those services as compared to other network hospitals and physicians, and the degree of access to these health care providers that our customers can expect. University Hospitals continues to demonstrate a high degree of excellence across all categories," added Buxton.
 "Community Mutual's philosophy mirrors University Hospitals' in that both organizations are attempting to influence and change the traditional perceptions about insurers, physicians and hospitals," said Jacobs. "We're both determined to help consumers through the transition to the health care environment of the future."
 Community Choice was developed to meet growing customer demand for preventive care and a broader range of health care management services. This point-of-service product provides the highest benefits to customers who seek care through a carefully selected and rigorously credentialed network of physicians and hospitals.
 Health Maintenance Plan is one of the oldest and largest HMOs in the state. The product provides all hospital and medical care for an established, predetermined fee and stresses preventive care.
 Community Preferred Health Plan (CPHP) is a PPO. Community Mutual has formed a network of physicians and hospitals that have agreed to provide services at a discounted rate. CPHP customers receive the highest level of benefit payments when they choose a physician or hospital from Community Mutual's network.
 University Hospitals of Cleveland is a 947-bed academic medical center serving its community and the nation through patient care, research and teaching. Its main campus includes University MacDonald Womens Hospital; Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital; Lakeside and Hanna House for adult medical/surgical care; and the University Psychiatric Center (Hanna Pavilion). The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals and its academic counterpart form Ohio's largest biomedical research center. University Hospitals has also formed University Hospitals Network, a system of hospital and physician organizations that includes University Suburban Health Center, University MEDNET, Deaconness Hospital, Geauga Hospital, Lake Hospital System, Lakewood Hospital, Lorain Community Hospital and Marymount Hospital.
 Based in Cincinnati, Community Mutual Insurance Company provides health care benefits to more than 2 million customers in Ohio and nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Erik Kirkhorn of Community Mutual Insurance Company, 513-872-8469, or Janice Guhl of University Hospitals, 216-844-3825/

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