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STEVENS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BECOMES FIRST CHOICE PROVIDER

 STEVENS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BECOMES FIRST CHOICE PROVIDER
 SEATTLE, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Stevens Memorial Hospital of Edmonds has joined First Choice Health Network Inc. of Washington state as a local hospital provider. The affiliation was announced today by Clayton Field, president of Seattle-based First Choice.
 "We are immensely pleased to have Stevens as a part of our network of preferred providers and members," Field said. "Stevens has become the primary comprehensive care center for thousands of people in South Snohomish County. In light of today's increasing demands for quality health care services and in order to succeed in today's competitive environment, it is becoming particularly important that a hospital be an active part of a full-service health care system."
 Stevens Memorial Hospital, operated as Public Hospital District 2 of Snohomish County, is a 217-bed, acute care hospital located in Edmonds, Wash., just north of Seattle. Stevens recently opened an on- campus radiation therapy center, which it operates in cooperation with Seattle's Swedish Hospital.
 Steve C. McCary, administrator of Stevens Memorial Hospital, today said, "We are genuinely excited to be able to participate in the First Choice Health Network. First Choice is rapidly gaining a reputation for delivering competitive, high quality health care at a time when the subject of health care reform is on nearly everyone's mind. I am confident that employers in our area, as well as the people who work for them, will find that the benefits of receiving provider services through First Choice are significant."
 First Choice Health Network Inc. is the fastest-growing and third- largest preferred provider organization (PPO) in the state of Washington. Governed by an independent board of directors, First Choice was formed in 1984 by six hospitals and about 700 physicians. It now is a professionally managed network of 51 hospitals and more than 3,000 doctors or other health providers. First Choice offers high quality health care benefits to 242,000 people working at about 4,000 companies throughout Washington state.
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 /CONTACT: Clayton Field of First Choice Health Network, 206-292-8255; or Steve C. McCary of Stevens Memorial Hospital, 206-744-4001/ CO: First Choice Health Network; Stevens Memorial Hospital ST: Washington IN: MTC SU:


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