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UnitedHealthcare and Takoma Regional expand longstanding relationship

GREENEVILLE, TENN., (July 24, 2008) – Takoma Regional Hospital and UnitedHealthcare have expanded their longstanding relationship to provide all UnitedHealthcare commercial health plan customers access to Takoma Regional’s inpatient and outpatient services.

“Takoma Regional Hospital is an important link in eastern Tennessee’s healthcare network, and we are very pleased to expand our relationship with the hospital,” said Garland Scott, CEO for UnitedHealthcare of Tennessee. “We believe that by expanding our longstanding relationship with Takoma Regional Hospital, our customers who live in eastern Tennessee will have greater peace of mind knowing they have a broader selection of health care facilities from which to access quality care.”

Carlyle Walton, president and CEO of Takoma Regional, said the hospital had patients in mind as leaders from the hospital and Highlands Wellmont Health Network worked diligently to expand the relationship with UnitedHealthcare. Highlands Wellmont is a regional partnership of Wellmont Health System and Highlands Physicians Inc.

“We’re excited about what this will mean for those who are served by UnitedHealthcare and may want broader access to services at Takoma Regional,” Walton said. “Our mission is to serve the entire community, and we believe our expanded agreement with UnitedHealthcare will make it easier for many to benefit from the excellent care our physicians and clinicians provide.”

Takoma Regional joined Wellmont last year in a partnership between Wellmont and Florida-based Adventist Health System. The 100-bed, acute-care facility features a wide array of surgical specialties as well as an advanced diagnostic and imaging center.

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 1.1 million Tennesseans statewide.

About Takoma Regional Hospital
Takoma Regional Hospital is a 100-bed facility staffed by more than 120 board-certified or board-eligible physicians and nearly 500 compassionate nurses, technicians and support staff members. Services include emergency care, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, inpatient rehabilitation, behavioral health, imaging and wound care.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare ( provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services.  The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of more than 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 560,000 physicians and care professionals and 4,800 hospitals nationwide to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide.  UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.