Companion Global Healthcare Welcomes Anadolu Medical Center to Network

January 22, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C – January 22, 2008 – Anadolu Medical Center, a 209-bed, state-of-the-art facility located on the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey, has joined the overseas hospital network of Columbia, S.C.-based Companion Global Healthcare Inc.

The hospital, which holds the prestigious Joint Commission International accreditation, offers Companion Global Healthcareƒs clients a wide range of medical and surgical services at rates lower than those typically charged by hospitals in the United States. Anadolu is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International of Baltimore, an affiliation that provides Anadolu with access to clinical pathways identical to those used in the United States, as well as significant opportunities for physician interaction.

Anadolu is a brand-new, non-profit hospital that offers our clients who choose to travel for health care another attractive option for top-quality treatment at competitive prices, said David Boucher, assistant vice president of health care services for Companion Global Healthcare.

Companion Global Healthcare ( provides streamlined access to top-rated medical facilities for those who elect to travel abroad for health care. The company provides a single launch point for appointments, information, travel services, case management and follow-up care in the United States.

All BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina members have access to Companion Global Healthcareƒs network hospitals at discounted rates. Companion Global Healthcare also serves the uninsured, and is available to contract with insurance companies and employer groups that wish to include an overseas option in their health benefit plans.

In addition to Anadolu Medical Center, Companion Global Healthcareƒs network includes Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, and Blackrock Clinic of Dublin, Ireland.

For more information about Companion Global Healthcare, call 1-800-906-7065.

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