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ACH Receives OptumHealth Center of Excellence Designation for Neonatal Centers of Excellence Network

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 27, 2010) – OptumHealth Care Solutions, one of the nation’s largest health and wellness companies, has named Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) a Center of Excellence (COE) for its neonatal intensive care and resource services.

OptumHealth gives the COE designation to medical centers that combine superior clinical care with excellent patient support. COE networks provide members with access to superior medical centers at industry-leading discounts for organ and bone marrow transplantation, cancer, congenital heart disease, neonatology, bariatric surgery and infertility treatment.

“We selected Arkansas Children’s Hospital because it represents a commitment to patients during some of the most critical points of care, especially when a newborn has intensive care needs,” said Chris Pricco, chief operations officer for OptumHealth, which oversees the COE program. “We commend Arkansas Children’s Hospital for its excellence in providing this level of quality care for these youngest and most fragile of patients.”

ACH is proud to have the Center of Excellence distinction, and looks forward to helping many more patients by working hand-in-hand with OptumHealth.

“This designation reflects OptumHealth’s support of our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children’s health while also ensuring that high-quality care is accessible to families coping with serious medical challenges,” said Beth Petlak, executive director for Children’s Healthcare System, Inc., and vice president of Managed Care/Business Development for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children. The campus spans 29 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,200 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children’s health and development. ACH is ranked 85th on the 2010 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit

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