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August 31, 2001

Contact: Patricia Adams

Mamsi Contributes $25,000 to Governor's Wellmobile Program

Donation will help fund Western Maryland Wellmobile

Baltimore, Md. – Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. (MAMSI) recently contributed $25,000 to the Governor's Wellmobile Program in support of a new Wellmobile that will serve Western Maryland. The Wellmobile Program, operated by the University of Maryland School of Nursing since 1994, currently provides primary health care and health education services to more than 7,000 underserved Marylanders per year in the Baltimore metropolitan area and on the Eastern Shore. Due to generous financial support from the state and other public and private entities, including the donation from MAMSI, three more vans will be added to the fleet to serve Central Maryland, Southern Maryland and Western Maryland. By the end of 2002, the School of Nursing will be operating five mobile clinics that provide services to the uninsured and, at the same time, offer practical clinical experience for both graduate and undergraduate nursing students.

"MAMSI is pleased to support the Wellmobile Program to both improve access to health services to the uninsured in Western Maryland and inspire nursing students," said Thomas P. Barbera, president and CEO of MAMSI.

MAMSI is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's largest health services companies with health plans covering more than 1.8 million lives in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia.

"This significant donation from MAMSI will not only impact the health and well-being of some of Maryland's most deprived citizens, but it will also help support nursing education throughout the state," said Barbara R. Heller, EdD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing.

For more information on the Wellmobile Program, call Marla Oros, Associate Dean for Clinical and External Affairs, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 410-706-0331.

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