Press Release

Navigant Consulting and Geisinger Team to Drive Healthcare Delivery System Innovation

October 19, 2009 at 11:01 AM EDT

Collaboration addresses healthcare organizations’ need to provide high quality, cost effective care

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 19, 2009-- Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI), a global management and litigation consulting firm, today announced a collaboration agreement with Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania, to establish consulting, educational and management services focused on providing healthcare organizations with the tools to achieve high quality, cost-effective care.

Navigant and Geisinger, national leaders in optimizing quality and value through innovative initiatives, will provide consulting services to healthcare providers seeking to maximize clinical outcomes and efficiencies through care innovation, physician alignment and IT enhancement. Together, the two organizations will develop distinctive methodologies and processes to improve clinical performance; establish alignment between physicians and their hospital partners; secure increased quality and financial benefits from the deployment of electronic medical records; improve physician practice financial performance; improve reliability of processes; and support prudent use of integrated resources.

By leveraging a combined executive-level leadership team with experience and expertise in integrated delivery systems, the collaboration will help support health system clients in their quest to achieve new levels of clinical and financial success.

“Geisinger is nationally recognized as an exemplary physician-led healthcare care system, and the Navigant team is excited to partner with these clinical innovators in an effort to change the way healthcare is delivered across the nation,” stated Dave Zito, Managing Director and national leader for Navigant’s healthcare practice.

“Together, we believe we can help organizations accelerate the development and implementation of hospital and physician’s shared imperative to improve quality, value, care coordination and financial performance,” noted Seth Frazier, M.B.A., Vice President, Transformation, Geisinger Health System. “This partnership is a great opportunity to develop strategic and more personalized approaches to delivering sustainable quality performance in an environment demanding cost effectiveness.”

“Geisinger’s ProvenCare® acute episodic and chronic disease management initiative and ProvenHealth NavigatorSM, advanced medical home, have been cited by President Barack Obama and other national leaders when identifying Geisinger as a successful model for national healthcare reform,” stated Bruce Hamory, M.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer Emeritus, Geisinger Health System. “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with one of the nation’s leading healthcare management consulting firms to assist other organizations in learning how they can leverage successful models to enhance their businesses, and ultimately improve access to affordable quality healthcare.”

Navigant Consulting has provided services to over 400 healthcare provider organizations across the United States, including hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, physician group practices, and faculty practice plans. Navigant’s knowledge of the healthcare industry, expertise in change management, and strength in devising and implementing strategic and operational initiatives, enable the firm to assist organizations in transforming to meet changing market demands. As the healthcare system undergoes fundamental changes, Navigant is setting the standard for helping organizations evolve, improve and ultimately provide better care and services.

About Navigant Consulting

Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a global consulting firm providing dispute, investigative, operational, risk management and financial and regulatory advisory solutions to government agencies, legal counsel and large companies facing the challenges of uncertainty, risk, distress and significant change. The Company focuses on industries undergoing substantial regulatory or structural change and on the issues driving these transformations. “Navigant” is a service mark of Navigant International, Inc.Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NCI) is not affiliated, associated, or in any way connected with Navigant International, Inc. and NCI’s use of “Navigant” is made under license from Navigant International, Inc. More information about Navigant Consulting can be found at www.navigantconsulting.com.

About Geisinger Health System

Founded in 1915, Geisinger Health System is one of the nation’s largest integrated health services organizations. Serving more than two million residents throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania, the physician-led organization is at the forefront of the country’s rapidly emerging electronic health records movement. Geisinger is comprised of three medical centers, a children’s hospital, 700+-member group practice, a not-for-profit health insurance company, the Henry Hood Center for Health Research, and the Janet and Sigfried Weis Research Center – dedicated to creating innovative new models for quality clinical care, patient satisfaction and optimal clinical outcomes. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org.

Source: Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Erin Bowler
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
312.583.3659
erin.bowler@navigantconsulting.com
Patti Urosevich
Geisinger Health System
570.271.7441
purosevich@geisinger.edu

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