Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, Joins Companion Global Healthcare's Network

December 14, 2007

Columbia, S.C. – December 11, 2007 – Companion Global Healthcare Inc. announced today that Blackrock Clinic of Dublin, Ireland, has become the second facility to join its network of accredited overseas hospitals that treat American patients.

Companion Global Healthcare ( provides streamlined access to top-rated medical facilities for those who choose to travel abroad for surgery and other medical treatment. Earlier this year, Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, became the first member of Companion Global Healthcareƒs network.

Blackrock Clinic (, like Bumrungrad International, holds the prestigious Joint Commission International accreditation, reflecting its commitment to the highest standards of care. Blackrockƒs physicians cover a broad range of medical specialties.

We are pleased to welcome Blackrock Clinic into our network of JCI-accredited providers, said David Boucher, assistant vice president of health care services for Companion Global Healthcare. Both Bumrungrad and Blackrock provide quality care like that found in U.S. hospitals, but often at a fraction of the cost.

We are continuing to visit and evaluate other hospitals as we expand our network. We want to provide as many top-quality options as possible for individuals who choose overseas care, as well as for self-insured employers that want to include our network and a global health care option in their benefit plans.



Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., Companion Global Healthcare provides a single launch point for appointments, information, travel services and claims management. All BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina members have access to Companion Global Healthcare’s network hospitals at discounted rates. Companion Global Healthcare also serves the uninsured, and is available to contract with insurance companies and employer groups. Companion Global Healthcare is a separate company that does not offer BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina or BlueChoice HealthPlan products. Companion Global Healthcare is solely responsible.

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

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and wholly owned subsidiary BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

BlueCrossBlueShield of South Carolina and its family of companies include more than 20 subsidiaries involved in health insurance services, U.S. DOD health plan and Medicare contracts, and other insurance and employee benefits services.

BlueChoice is a registered mark of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.