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Mount Clemens General Hospital Selects CareTech Solutions for IT and HIM Outsourcing Services in Competitive Bid

Contract with 288-bed hospital signals increasing market share for outsourcing provider among Michigan-based hospitals

Troy, Mich. — April 13, 2004 — CareTech Solutions, an information technology (IT) and Health Information Management (HIM) outsourcing provider for hospitals and health systems, today announced it has secured a seven-year comprehensive IT and HIM outsourcing agreement valued at $70 million with Mount Clemens General Hospital (MCGH) of Mt. Clemens, Mich., following a competitive selection process. Under the agreement, MCGH will utilize CareTech Solutions as a strategic partner and employ its full spectrum of IT and HIM outsourcing services. CareTech also assumes management over MCGH’s nearly 100-person information services and HIM staffs, which transitioned employment as part of the agreement.

“With our acute care hospital and 28 affiliated medical practices – including three urgent care centers – it’s essential that we align with a healthcare technology organization that brings new technologies and best practices to our IT and HIM organizations enabling us to gain operational efficiencies,” said Bob Milewski, president and CEO of Mount Clemens General Hospital. “Our expectation is that through leveraging CareTech’s IT and HIM expertise, we can further our successful record of continually improving the services we provide to our patients and clinical staff, while reducing overall costs.”

CareTech will provide a comprehensive IT solution for IT Operations including Help Desk, Data Center and Field Support, Network Services, Applications Services, Telecommunication Services, Desktop Services and Administrative Services including purchasing and contract management. CareTech’s HIM outsourcing services, which support coding, medical records processing, and transcription, will be instrumental in supporting MCGH’s strategic business objectives. As part of a turnkey solution, CareTech’s offering is intended to make healthcare information accessible to healthcare providers when and where it is needed most; enhancing individual patient care, accuracy, and speeding reimbursement.

“This strategic alliance is designed to provide MCGH with new capabilities and efficiencies in IT and HIM that will assist them in achieving a unique competitive position,” said Philip Spinelli, vice president of sales and marketing for CareTech Solutions. “MCGH will benefit from our significant healthcare and outsourcing experience, vendor relationships, strategic initiatives and other value-added elements of our agreement.”

“We are very pleased to have been selected as Mount Clemens General Hospital’s outsourcing partner and welcome them to the CareTech family.” said Jim Giordano, president and chief executive officer for CareTech Solutions. “We look forward to delivering immediate, measurable value for MCGH through the flexible outsourcing solutions CareTech has become increasingly known for in hospitals and health systems across Michigan and throughout the nation.”

About Mount Clemens General Hospital
Mount Clemens General Hospital is a 288-bed acute care hospital with 450 affiliated physicians and more than 2600 dedicated staff members. The hospital is dedicated to improving the health of the people they serve, through its network of family practice physicians, cardiac program (recently named one of the Top 100 cardiac hospitals in the nation), growing cancer program (including radiation therapy), high caliber Emergency Center, and top-notch surgeons. For more information please visit: www.mcgh.org.

About CareTech Solutions, Inc.
CareTech Solutions, Inc., an information technology (IT) and health information management (HIM) outsourcing provider for hospitals and health systems, is committed to creating value for healthcare clients through customized, flexible information technology outsourcing solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. Based in Troy, MI, CareTech Solutions offers clients expert services in virtually every facet of information management from implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day IT and HIM operations for hospitals nationally. For more information please visit: www.caretechsolutions.com.

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Jody Meehan
CareTech Solutions, Inc.
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