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Johns Hopkins Medicine International and Beacon Hospital in Ireland Sign Agreement for Educational and Consulting Services

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Gary Stephenson;
May 9, 2006

Johns Hopkins Medicine International and Beacon Hospital in Ireland Sign Agreement for Educational and Consulting Services

Baltimore, Maryland U.S.A. - Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) and the Beacon Hospital in Ireland will sign an affiliation agreement for educational and consulting services on May 08, 2006. Services provided under terms of the agreement relate to performance improvement, patient safety, nursing training and management, ambulatory care and other services, including educational programs such as observerships at Johns Hopkins.

“We are very pleased to sign this agreement with the Beacon Hospital,” said Steven J. Thompson, senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine International.  “It is this type of collaboration that allows Johns Hopkins to fulfill its mission to exchange knowledge while contributing to the improvement of global health care delivery.” 

The Beacon Hospital, due to open in Autumn, 2006, will be the first hospital to be built in Ireland in more than two decades. “This affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International will certainly be fruitful for our physicians, nurses, staff, and especially beneficial to our patients, not only in Dublin, but throughout the entire country“, adds Mark Redmond, M.D., Medical Director of Beacon Hospital and its affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. 

The Beacon Hospital will be operated by Triad Hospitals, Inc., a Texas-based Fortune 500 company. Deborah Brehe, Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Hospital, commented “Triad Hospitals, Inc. and Beacon Hospital are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with John Hopkins Medicine International to provide continuing medical education for physicians and nurses at Beacon Hospital. Working together, we can achieve our combined goal of providing the best possible patient care for the people of Dublin and the region.”

The official signing of the affiliation agreement will be held at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore medicine campus, and will include leadership representatives from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Beacon Hospital, as well as Tánaiste Mary Harney, who is also the Irish Minister for Health and Children.

About the Beacon Medical Group
 The Beacon Medical Group was founded in 2002 by cardio-thoracic surgeon Professor J Mark Redmond and businessmen Michael Cullen and Paddy Shovlin. The Beacon Medical Campus is located in the Beacon Court in Sandyford, Dublin, and comprises of:
Beacon Consultants Clinic

Beacon Dermatology

Beacon Renal

Beacon Hospital

on the Beacon Medical Campus will be allocated to the public health system. This strategy will provide access to Beacon for both public and private patients alike.

About the Beacon Hospital
Due to open in Autumn 2006, the Beacon Hospital is a 183-bed hospital located in Sandyford, Dublin. It will be managed by Triad Hospitals, Inc., located in the city of Plano, Texas, in the United States. Major medical services provided include cardiology, dermatology, neurology, orthopedics and oncology. Facilities include a same-day hospital, an acute inpatient hospital with private rooms, and a minor emergency centre.

The Beacon philosophy for the advancement of healthcare in Ireland is to develop the interface between primary and secondary healthcare, both on-site and nationwide, thus maximizing healthcare delivery in the community.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Leading a trend of rapid global changes in health, Johns Hopkins Medicine International works with international patients, physicians and institutions to bring the best of Johns Hopkins Medicine in research, education, training and clinical services to the world community. For more than a century, Johns Hopkins Medicine has built a reputation for excellence unsurpassed by any health care institution in the world.

The mission of the institution has been to create an environment where the quest for new knowledge would continually yield more effective and compassionate care for all. 

About Triad Hospitals, Inc.
Triad Hospitals, Inc., through its affiliates, owns and manages hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in small cities and selected larger urban markets in the United States. The company currently operates 51 hospitals and 12 ambulatory surgery centers in 16 states with approximately 9,300 licensed beds.  In addition, through its QHR subsidiary, the Company provides consulting, education, intensive resources and management services to hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. Triad is listed on the New York Stock exchange as TRI and is the third largest hospital company in the world. Triad has been listed on the Fortune 500 list for the past six years.

Triad’s mission is to continuously improve the quality of healthcare services provided to the communities we serve by creating an environment that fosters physician participation, recognizes the value and contributions of our employees and strives to meet the unique healthcare needs of our local communities.