News Release

Verizon Wireless To Provide Wireless Communication Service To Tennesee HealthTrust Purchasing Group

Agreement Involves Over 5000 Lines for Nashville-based GPO

March 2, 2005

Carly Brooks Culbertson
Verizon Wireless
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com
864-987-2006

Ansley Welchel
JDPR
ansleyw@jdpr.com
864-233-3776, ext. 12

BRENTWOOD, TN — Verizon Wireless signed a three-year national agreement with HealthTrust Purchasing Group (HPG) with an expected initial rollout of up to 5,000 lines. The agreement with HPG provides voice activation services, including signature services such as NationalAccess, Push to Talk and America's ChoiceSM and Business Share Plans, as well as wireless data applications using Aircard®, Blackberry® and Smartphone solutions.

HPG, headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, is a group purchasing organization (GPO) that supports not-for-profit and for-profit acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, alternate care sites, and physician practices. With an annual purchasing volume of more than $6 billion, HPG is committed to obtaining the best price for clinically-recommended products, ensuring their timely delivery and continuously evaluating and improving their services to the patients, physicians and clinicians they serve.

"With over 1500 member facilities throughout the U.S., HPG needs a reliable nationwide network," said Alec McDonald, Verizon Wireless National Account Manager in Nashville. "Verizon Wireless has a network that is second to none and will provide dependable communication for HPG to serve its members."

"HPG has developed an exceptional professional team that includes the expertise of CPAs, clinicians, nurses, materials managers, and healthcare experts who are committed to providing the highest level of service," explained Jim Fitzgerald, President and CEO of HPG. "We are excited to make Verizon Wireless a part of our team and look forward to increasing our communications efficiency with their partnership and expertise."

Verizon Wireless offers business solutions that provide employees the tools they need either in or out of the office, no matter what the size of the company. Verizon Wireless experienced account managers listen to customers' needs and provide services and plans to fit each customer best.

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