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Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland Extends Contract

With Anthem Blue Cross

Children Covered By Anthem Blue Cross Continue to Receive Uninterrupted Care at

Only East Bay Pediatric Hospital

October 18, 2010 - Oakland, Calif. - Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland announced today

that the regional, not-for-profit medical center and Anthem Blue Cross have reached a new contract

agreement. Children’s, the only pediatric hospital in the East Bay, will continue to be a network

facility for children insured by Anthem Blue Cross.

“Children’s Hospital Oakland is pleased to have reached this new agreement with Anthem Blue Cross

because we will continue to be able to provide the best healthcare for the children of Northern

California,” said Bertram Lubin, MD, Children’s President and CEO. “At the same time, this new

contract ensures that the hospital receives equitable reimbursement for the healthcare services we

provide to children covered by Anthem Blue Cross.”

“We have great respect for the fine medical staff, administrators and all those who work at Children’s

Hospital & Research Center Oakland,” said Mike Ramseier, Anthem Blue Cross’s Vice President,

Provider Engagement & Contracting. “We value the contributions they make each day as they care for

the children of the East Bay and we are delighted that they remain in the Anthem Blue Cross network.”

About Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland

Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is Northern California’s only independent not-forprofit

regional medical center for children. Children’s Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many

pediatric specialties and sub-specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology,

orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated

California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers with the largest pediatric inpatient critical care unit in the

region. Children’s Hospital has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 30 specialties,

more than 2,700 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $350 million. Children’s is

also a premier teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of

unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs. Children’s research program, Children’s Hospital

Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally renowned for taking state-of-the-art basic and

clinical research and translating it into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases.

CHORI has 300 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among

the nation’s top 10 research centers in National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. For

more information, go to and

Contact: Erin Goldsmith

Media Relations Specialist



About Anthem Blue Cross

Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem

Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross

Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue

Cross names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Association.


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