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Healthcare services will continue as usual while companies resume discussions

August 22, 2012 (Siloam Springs, AR) – Discussions between representatives from Community Health Systems (CHS) and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) resumed today and the proposed termination of the contract between the organizations was withdrawn.

The existing contract between Siloam Springs Regional Hospital (SSRH) and BCBS will continue without interruption.

"Today's developments make us optimistic that continued dialogue with BCBS will be both collaborative and productive," said Siloam Springs Regional Hospital CEO, Kevin Clement. "In the meantime, the many patients, community members and local employers who rely on Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield for their healthcare coverage can have peace of mind knowing their insurance plans will continue to include the local hospitals and physicians they know and trust with their medical care."

As discussions progress between CHS and Arkansas BCBS, SSRH and its affiliated physicians will continue to participate as "in-network" providers in BCBS insurance plans. BCBS members will experience no change in fees or in the way they interact with either the hospital or the health plan.

"We are pleased with this development and look forward to productive discussions with BCBS," said Clement.

About Siloam Springs Regional Hospital

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital is a 42-bed facility with all private rooms. It is accredited by the State of Arkansas Department of Health Services and The Joint Commission. Services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, emergency medicine, medical, surgical and intensive care units, obstetrics, outpatient diagnostic services and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. With more than 30 physicians on the medical staff, Siloam Springs Regional Hospital provides compassionate, customer-focused care. The new facility, which opened April 2012, is located at 603 North Progress Avenue in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. For more information, visit SSRH.net.

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