Monday, August 3, 2009

Methodist Medical Center joins Caterpillar’s Preferred Provider Network

For the first time since 1992, Caterpillar employees and retirees who participate in the Caterpillar Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan will be able to choose Methodist Medical Center for their healthcare needs when Methodist joins the Caterpillar PPO network next July. A new three-year Caterpillar preferred provider contract takes effect July 1, 2010. The addition of Methodist to the Caterpillar PPO network gives Caterpillar PPO participants the opportunity to choose Methodist as a healthcare provider. It also complements the existing Health Alliance/Methodist HMO currently available to Caterpillar employees.

The agreement is consistent with the principles of healthcare reform, with performance and quality-based measures, an emphasis on transparency in healthcare pricing and promotion of employee health and wellness.

Methodist President and CEO Michael Bryant said, “Methodist is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve our friends and neighbors at Caterpillar. We have no doubt that when Caterpillar families come to Methodist they’ll recognize our culture of service and compassion combined with the most advanced medical and information technology available.”

Bryant concluded, “Methodist mirrors Caterpillar’s view of healthcare in the future and we look forward to the opportunity together to improve the healthcare of the community. As we improve the health of Caterpillar employees and their families, we are ultimately improving the health of the entire community.”

Methodist Medical Center, a 353-bed facility with almost 600 board-certified physicians, is taking Central Illinois families well into the future. Methodist combines some of the most advanced healthcare information technology in the U.S. with the caring touch of private rooms and patient satisfaction scores that are among the best in the nation. A regional referral center, Methodist offers a wide range of services for patients of every age.

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