ORMOND BEACH, Fla., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, Inc., which will allow Humana Medicare and commercial members to receive medical services at its three Florida Hospital Memorial Division facilities in East Volusia and Flagler counties. The agreement will provide access to inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services at Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial and Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach and Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast for members of Humana's Medicare product effective April 1, 2004, and for the members of its commercial product effective June 1, 2004. "This agreement is an important step in our continued commitment to provide Humana's Medicare and commercial members in East Volusia and Flagler counties with choice and access to an extensive network of hospitals close to where they live and work," said Scott Latimer, region vice president of senior products of Humana in Central Florida. "Florida Hospital facilities provide a wide range of services that we are proud to offer to our Medicare and commercial members." "We are quite pleased that Humana Medicare and commercial members will have the opportunity to utilize our services and programs to meet their medical, surgical and emergency needs," said, Michael V. Gentry, chief executive officer, of Florida Hospital's Memorial Division. The addition of Florida Hospital facilities is part of Humana's growth strategy in the Central Florida region that includes enhancing and growing its physician and hospital network. Humana is one of Florida's largest health benefits companies with more than 606,000 members statewide and more than 208,000 in Central Florida alone. "Florida Hospital facilities have an excellent reputation care and customer service," said Dr. Joe Guethon, Metropolitan Health Networks' regional medical director. "Naturally, we are delighted to offer our affiliated primary care physicians and their patients a larger hospital network as we experience growth in this market." About Humana Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 6.8 million medical members located primarily in 18 states and Puerto Rico. Humana offers coordinated health insurance coverage and related services -- through traditional and Internet-based plans -- to employer groups, government-sponsored plans and individuals. More information regarding Humana is available via the Internet at www.humana.com About Florida Hospital Memorial Division Florida Hospital - Memorial Division is a 405-bed acute health care system, serving the Eastern Volusia and Palm Coast markets.
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