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Bethlehem Family Health Center To Close In April

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    For Immediate Release

    BETHLEHEM, Pa., March 20, 2003 - Bethlehem Steel Corporation is working with St. Luke's Hospital to help the patients of the Bethlehem Steel Family Health Center locate new medical services after the center is closed on April 30, 2003.

    The building housing the center is included in the Asset Purchase Agreement signed by Bethlehem Steel and International Steel Group (ISG) for the sale of substantially all of Bethlehem's assets, both operating and surplus.

    "The center has served Bethlehem's retired and active employees well since it was opened in 1993 as a source of high-quality, low-cost health care for the Bethlehem Steel family," said Dorothy L. Stephenson, vice president, human resources, for Bethlehem Steel. "Because the center was well regarded by its patients and was a touchstone for many of our retirees, this action is especially difficult."

    However, Bethlehem Steel is working with St. Luke's Hospital to ensure that patients' records remain intact and accessible, and that patients are able to locate health care services. "St. Luke's has agreed to contact the Bethlehem Steel health center patients to help them locate a primary care physician in a location that is convenient for them. We appreciate the willingness of St. Luke's to help ease the transition for the Bethlehem Steel health center's patients," Ms. Stephenson said.

    "St. Luke's Hospital and Bethlehem Steel have a long history of mutual support and respect. While we deeply regret the current circumstances affecting Bethlehem Steel, we are pleased to be able to provide the patients of the Bethlehem Steel Family Health Center with assistance in selecting new primary care physicians who will meet their personal health care needs in a convenient location," said Richard A. Anderson, president and chief executive officer, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. "We pledge to assist the Health Center's patients in a smooth transition with no interruption to their continuum of health care."

    To facilitate the transition, St. Luke's has established Bethlehem Steel Family Health Center InfoLink at 610-954-4146. By calling this number, health center patients can receive personal assistance in selecting a new primary care physician that meets their personal needs and is convenient to them.

    The Bethlehem Steel Family Health Center employs about 50 people who provide preventive and diagnostic services for the center's 6,000 patients. St. Luke's will offer the employees the opportunity to apply for positions at its various enterprises. The staff at the Bethlehem Steel center is employed by CHD (Corporate Health Dimensions) Meridian, a health care management company.

    In 1993, Bethlehem Steel opened the family health center as a "one-stop shop" for high-quality, low-cost family medicine. The center provides laboratory, x-ray, diagnostic screening and other preventive and diagnostic services. It also has an in-house pharmacy. The successful local family health center was a model for the creation of a collaborative family health center in northwest Indiana serving the employees and their dependents of three steel companies, including Bethlehem, with operations in the greater Chesterton, Ind., area.


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