Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana and St. Vincent Health Renew Network Agreement

Dec 29, 2005, 00:00 ET from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in
 Indiana has reached a new multi-year contract, in principle, with St. Vincent
 Health. Through this agreement, St. Vincent-affiliated hospitals will remain
 in Anthem's provider network.
     The agreement will include St. Vincent Health hospitals in Indianapolis,
 Carmel, Frankfort, Williamsport, Kokomo, Anderson, Elwood, Randolph County,
 Jennings County and Clay County. Members who are enrolled in Anthem's Blue
 Traditional, Blue Access (PPO), Blue Preferred (HMO and POS), Federal Employee
 HMO program and Medicare Select networks may continue to receive medical care
 at St. Vincent Health facilities at the highest level of benefits.
     "St. Vincent's commitment to service, patient safety and quality health
 care are values that we at Anthem share," said David Lee M.D., vice president
 of health care management for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana.
 "St. Vincent Health has long been a valued partner, and we're pleased to have
 them in our network." More than 100 hospitals, including every major hospital
 in the state, participate in various Anthem provider networks.
     St. Vincent Health is one of the largest hospital groups in Indiana, with
 16 hospitals and three thousand physicians serving 45 Indiana counties.
     "St. Vincent Health is pleased to have reached a mutually acceptable
 contract agreement with Anthem, said Johnny Smith, St. Vincent Health
 spokesman.  "We are committed and will continue to provide the highest quality
 of health care service and coverage for our patients throughout the state of
     As part of the agreement, the hospitals in the St. Vincent Health System
 will continue to participate in Anthem's Hospital Quality Program, which is a
 collaboration of Anthem and its network hospitals designed to measure health
 care quality and to improve patient safety.
     St. Vincent Health is a nonprofit, spiritually-centered health care
 system, sponsored by Ascension Health of St. Louis, Mo., the nation's largest
 Catholic health system. St. Vincent Health is Indiana's largest healthcare
 employer, with 16 health ministries serving 45 counties in central Indiana.
 The St. Vincent Health ministry includes St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital;
 St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo; Saint John's Health System in Anderson; St.
 Vincent Carmel Hospital; St. Vincent Women's Hospital; St. Vincent Pediatric
 Rehabilitation Center; St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil; St. Vincent
 Frankfort Hospital; St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon; St. Vincent
 Mercy Hospital in Elwood; St. Vincent New Hope; St. Vincent Randolph Hospital
 in Winchester; St. Vincent Stress Center; St. Vincent Williamsport Hospital;
 St. Vincent Children's Hospital; and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital.
     Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana is a subsidiary of WellPoint,
 Inc. (NYSE:   WLP). WellPoint, Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross
 and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee
 for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado,
 Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30
 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Blue
 Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan counties and as Blue Cross,
 Blue Shield or Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only),
 Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.),
 Wisconsin; and through HealthLink and UniCare.  Additional information about
 WellPoint is available at

SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana