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HCA Virginia Hospitals Excel in Anthem's Quality Report

April 02, 2009

Reston Hospital Center Ranked in Top 10 in State

Richmond, Virginia, April 2, 2009 – Based on select quality of care measures, HCA Virginia has seven of the top 10 hospitals in the commonwealth, including Reston Hospital Center, according to the most recent results from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Quality-In-Sights®: Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIPSM).

"All of us at Reston Hospital Center are extremely proud of the hospital’s excellent performance in Q-HIP,” said William Adams, CEO of RHC. “Nothing has a higher priority at RHC than putting our patients first."

"These results are just another example of the tremendous emphasis our employees and affiliated physicians place on exceeding patient needs and expectations," said Margaret Lewis, President of HCA's Capital Division. "At a time when the cost of healthcare is increasing nationwide, we believe these scores reflect the strong value our services bring to all who entrust us with their care."

Q-HIP aims to improve the quality of health care provided by hospitals by rewarding them for practicing evidence-based medicine and implementing best practices. Rankings are based on patient safety, health outcomes and member satisfaction criteria. Sixty-seven hospitals were included in the most recent report.

Q-HIP uses metrics endorsed and developed by the American College of Cardiology, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the National Quality Forum, the Leapfrog Group and the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, among others.

"One important aspect of health care transparency is to improve the interaction between patients and health care providers in the system" said John Syer, vice president, Health Services for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "Based on their Q-HIP scores, it is evident HCA takes these daily interactions seriously and they should be commended for their willingness to promote that fact."

About HCA Virginia

HCA Virginia is a network of locally managed hospitals, surgery centers, outpatient diagnostic and treatment facilities, and physician practices in Central, Southwestern, and Northern Virginia. HCA Virginia has 10,000 full-time employees statewide. Each year it provides approximately $100 million in free care to the uninsured, pays $100 million in taxes and donate monies to dozens of non-profit organizations and causes. Regionally, HCA Virginia includes Reston Hospital Center, Dominion Hospital, with Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center scheduled to open in spring 2010. Outpatient facilities include Fairfax Surgery Center and Reston Surgery Center. For more information see www.HCAVa.com.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. (serving Virginia excluding the city of Fairfax, the town of Vienna and the area east of State Route 123.). Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliated HMOs, HealthKeepers, Inc., Peninsula Health Care, Inc. and Priority Health Care, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is available at www.anthem.com.

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