Baptist Health South Florida and Leon Medical Centers/Leon Medical Centers Health Plans Establish Relationship

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Baptist Health South Florida and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans (Leon
Medical Centers) today announced that they have established an agreement
for the 2019 Medicare benefit year, reflecting their shared commitment
to provide more choices for South Florida residents enrolled in
Medicare. This agreement will provide patients with greater and more
convenient access to the quality healthcare services they need.

Through this newly formed relationship, South Florida residents enrolled
in Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, a Medicare Advantage plan, will in
2019 have in-network access to care through many of Baptist Health’s
Miami-Dade County facilities and physicians including Baptist Hospital,
Doctors Hospital, South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital
and Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.

“Each year, as patients review their options for Medicare Advantage
plans during open enrollment, the choices of physicians and hospitals
included in the various plans become a determining factor in their
selection,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer
of Baptist Health. “Our relationship with Leon Medical Centers Health
Plans and Leon Medical Centers is representative of our mutual vision
and commitment to improve the health and wellness of Medicare patients
in our community.”

“At Leon Medical Centers, we have admired and respected Baptist Health’s
commitment to our community as well as their clinical excellence since
we established our footprint in Miami Dade in 1996,” said Benjamin Leon,
Jr., chairman and founder of Leon Medical Centers. “Our organizations
share the same values and objectives when it comes to caring for our
patients and employees. We believe that innovation and collaboration are
essential in the healthcare industry, and now is the perfect time to
offer South Florida Medicare patients an opportunity to receive care
from two healthcare leaders in our community.”

Through this agreement, Baptist Health South Florida and Leon Medical
Centers Health Plans/Leon Medical Centers will work closely to improve
clinical outcomes and strengthen channels for care coordination for the
benefit of our patients. Both organizations are affiliated with Florida
International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, which
will also strengthen our ability to advance clinical research and
support the development of primary care physicians with specialization
in geriatric medicine.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in
the region, with 10 hospitals, more than 40 physician practices, 50
outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group,
Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of
excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach
counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and
committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence,
Baptist Health has more than 19,500 employees and more than 3,000
affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized
by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and
by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more
information, visit BaptistHealth.net/newsroom
and connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/BaptistHealthSF
and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

About Leon Medical Centers / Leon Medical Centers Health Plans |

Leon Medical Centers, founded in 1996 in South Florida, counts with more
than 2,500 dedicated healthcare professionals who are committed to
improving the lives of more than 40,000 Medicare recipients through an
exclusive provider affiliation with Leon Medical Centers Health Plans.
Members have access to seven state-of-the-art medical centers, six
healthy living centers, the support of an exclusive home healthcare and
durable medical equipment affiliate, as well as a network of Leon
Hospital Service Center locations in the most prominent South Florida
Hospitals. Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, Inc. Is a
Cigna-HealthSpring company (NYSE: CI) with a Medicare Advantage
contract. For more information, visit LMCHealthPlans.com
and LeonMedicalCenters.com
and connect with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LeonMedicalCenters
and on Twitter @LeonMedical.


Baptist Health South Florida
Dori Alvarez, 786-527-9516
Medical Centers
Roymi V. Membiela, 305-631-5041


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