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Norton Healthcare Inc. Partners With Aegis Health Group to Bring Health- Management Program to Area Employers

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 General News J E 4
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 22 Norton Healthcare Inc., theleading hospital and healthcare system in the Louisville, KY, area selectedAegis Health Group to design and implement a health-management program aimedat local employers. The program includes an on-site employer relationsspecialist responsible for developing partnerships with local employers toimprove the health of their workforce.

Employees at participating organizations complete personal health profilesabout family history, lifestyle and current health. Using proprietary Aegissoftware, the data is used to predict future health risks for eachparticipant. Norton Healthcare then offers specific prevention and educationprograms to help reduce or eliminate those risks. Employers receive the datain aggregate, which protects the private information of employees.

Employers that offer health-management initiatives to their employees canrealize significant savings in healthcare premiums, absenteeism and workers'compensation claims, in addition to increased morale and productivity. Thisprogram allows the hospital and employers to become true partners in health.

"We know that employers are feeling the pinch of rising costs associatedwith employee health," said Mary Jo Bean, vice president of planning andbusiness development for Norton Healthcare. "Norton hopes to help alleviatesome of that burden by helping employees identify and address their healthrisks."

For nearly 20 years Aegis has helped hospitals across the country formlasting relationships with area employers while improving the health of theworkforce. Aegis' program can currently be found in more than 4,000 employersites across the country.

About Norton Healthcare

For more than a century, Norton Healthcare's faith heritage has guided itsmission to provide quality healthcare to all those served. Today, NortonHealthcare is the Louisville area's leading hospital and healthcare system (45percent market share) and second largest private employer. The not-for-profitsystem - the largest in Kentucky and rated one of the top 100 integratedhealthcare delivery systems in the country - includes four large hospitals inLouisville, eight Norton Immediate Care Centers, 9,500 employees, more than200 employed medical providers at some 50 locations, and nearly 2,000 totalphysicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare serves the GreaterLouisville metro area, including Southern Indiana and patients throughoutKentucky.

About Aegis Health Group

Aegis Health Group's national client base includes more than 60 for-profit, nonprofit and academic medical centers that have turned to Aegis toenhance bottom-line profitability by driving top-line growth. No other companyhas been able to match Aegis' breadth of services, track record and bottom-line proven performance when it comes to building relationships betweenhospitals and area employers. Further information may be obtained atwww.aegisgroup.com.

SOURCE Aegis Health Group
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