FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANESCO Companies Announces Acquisition of Healthcare Performance Strategies
Company Changes Name to Healthcare Performance Companies

Media may contact:
Elfriede Lynch-Willson, 954-566-7590
ewillson@drivinghp.com

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, February 10, 2010 – Anesco Companies announced, effective December 31, 2009, it has acquired a majority interest in Healthcare Performance Strategies (HPS). Additionally, Anesco has reorganized its product and service offerings under the Healthcare Performance Companies and HP–ANESCO names.

HPS is a consulting services company delivering anesthesia and O.R. solutions to hospitals. Founded by healthcare executives, HPS’ team of physician experts has significant experience providing performance improvements and “real world” implementation using leading edge efficiency technology tools. Most recently headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, HPS will relocate operations to HP-Anesco’s headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

HPS is a results-oriented consulting company dedicated to delivering bottom line results to the hospital operating suite. With deep experience in both clinical and business aspects of healthcare, HPS delivers process improvements, leadership development, and data services.  Since inception, HPS has been driven by strong fundamentals, a superior service offering and outstanding customer acquisition and retention. HPS has well established relationships with organizations such as  Hospital Corporation of America, Tenet Healthcare, and Covenant Health System.

HPS is led by Dr. Robert Stiefel, who has over 15 years of experience as an anesthesiologist, consultant, and strategist. He has deep expertise in evaluation of operating room performance metrics and subsequent implementation of operating room improvement initiatives. In addition, Dr. Stiefel has extensive experience in leadership assessment and development for hospital based physician groups, including evaluation and/or selection of new leadership candidates as well as education and coaching of existing physician leaders

With HP-Anesco’s acquisition of HPS, the company now has opportunities to penetrate new markets through an expanded effort now underway with HP-Anesco.  According to Stiefel, “As there are ongoing pressures on hospitals to increase patient volumes and reimbursement while improving outcomes and efficiencies, the focus on all parts of the peri-operative process become paramount….HPS can provide customized services that will increase profitability and market share.”

This most recent acquisition also gives HP-Anesco a leadership position in another large and growing segment of healthcare and enhances its services menu to incorporate leading edge efficiencies and efforts within the hospital and surgery center operative suite. According to CEO Richard Meli, “We chose HPS because of their prior success with major hospital systems and their organizational experience. We are enthusiastic about this new partnership, both as senior managers of the Company and continuing owners in the business.”

The Company’s name change, to now operate under the Healthcare Performance umbrella, reflects the company’s long-term vision of growing beyond anesthesia and O.R., to help hospitals improve revenues, profits and efficiencies throughout their operations.

About Healthcare Performance Strategies
Healthcare Performance Strategies (HPS) is a consulting services company delivering anesthesia and O.R. solutions to hospitals. Its core management team has more than 120 years of combined anesthesia and O.R. experience. With experience in both clinical and business aspects of healthcare, HPS drives bottom line results by aligning hospital and provider incentives and optimizing performance.  HPS data products link peri-operative process with efficiency and financial performance, providing fact-based decision support.   HPS is a division of Healthcare Performance Companies. For more information, visit Healthcare Performance Strategies’ website at www.hpsllc.com .

About Healthcare Performance Companies
Healthcare Performance Companies is a leading provider of clinical and financial solutions for hospitals and health systems.  Physician led and managed for more than 10 years, Healthcare Performance Companies applies its business and medical skills, learned through years of managing medical practices, to support hospitals and outpatient centers in running more efficiently, increasing their successful patient interactions and improving revenues and profits. Services include Anesthesiology & O.R. Consulting, Anesthesia Practice Management, Sleep Center Management Services, and related Billing & Collections. For more information, visit Healthcare Performance Companies’ website at www.drivinghp.com .

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