St. Luke's Hospital and UnitedHealthcare Renew Network Relationship


Columbus, N.C. (April 9, 2015) - St. Luke's Hospital and UnitedHealthcare have renewed their network relationship, giving people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare individual, employer-sponsored and Medicare Advantage plans in-network access to the following St. Luke's physicians and facilities in the Polk County and Carolina Foothills area: St. Luke's Hospital, Carolinas Hospitalist Group-St. Luke's, Foothills Medical Associates, Rosenberg Bone and Joint and St. Luke's Surgical Associates.

The agreement is retroactive to March 1, 2015, ensuring UnitedHealthcare plan participants do not experience any interruption in their in-network benefits coverage for services received at St. Luke's facilities and physicians.

"We are pleased to have renewed our relationship with UnitedHealthcare, which gives their plan participants in-network access to our quality physicians and services," said Ken Shull, CEO of St. Luke's Hospital. "Our care providers' focus remains on delivering high-quality care to our patients."

"Renewing our network relationship with St. Luke's lays the foundation for future collaboration with an important provider of health care services in the Columbus community," said Garland Scott, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of the Carolinas. "We look forward to our continued work together and ensuring the individuals and families we serve have local access to the critical health services they need."

About St. Luke's Hospital
St. Luke's Hospital is a private, not-for-profit community hospital serving the medical needs of Polk County and the Carolina Foothills. As a critical access hospital, St. Luke's Hospital provides an impressive array of medical, diagnostic and preventative services in a comfortable environment, enhanced by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With more than 300 employees, St. Luke's Hospital is the county's largest private employer with an annual payroll of $11.5 million. St. Luke's active Medical Staff includes family practice, emergency, hospitalist, general surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine, ophthalmology, pathology, radiology, psychiatry and urology. Consulting staff includes cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, psychology, hematology, oncology, pulmonary, neurology, plastic surgery and podiatry.

Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, St. Luke's Hospital received national recognition as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2013 for treating pneumonia and for surgical care. St. Luke's was also recognized in 2014 as a top performing hospital by iVantage Health Analytics for overall excellence in Quality and Patient Satisfaction. Meeting the needs of our community since 1929, St. Luke's Hospital is dedicated to providing exceptional care, close to home.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the healthcare experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.