Suburban Imaging®, a service of Suburban Radiologic Consultants, Ltd., today announced its partnership with Fairview Southdale Hospital and Southdale Medical Diagnostics, a group of 21 independent medical practices, to open a new imaging center that sets the standard for physician collaboration, delivering highest-quality patient care.

The partnership brings independent physician practices and the hospital together to offer patients convenient access to state-of-the-art imaging services. The new imaging center, called Suburban Imaging, brings a collaborative business model to the Twin Cities health care market whereby local physicians and health care systems share medical imaging assets, rather than duplicating hardware and services. The center will provide medical imaging services to more than 50 medical clinics, including Fairview Crosstown Clinic.

As independent physician groups, each of us could own and operate imaging centers within minutes of a hospital, but it would be at a significant cost to our business and patients, said Owen O™Neill, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and president of Minnesota Orthopaedic Specialists. Instead, we joined the partnership with Suburban Imaging to share the highest-quality medical imaging equipment, keeping patient and payer costs down while providing highest-quality, cost-effective care.

The new partnership not only keeps clinics and hospitals more cost competitive, it also provides better patient care when physicians collaborate to reach a diagnosis, said Kevin Gustafson, M.D., president of Suburban Imaging/Suburban Radiologic Consultants. We are pleased to offer this new, collaborative business model that benefits patients and physicians. It™s a win-win for everyone involved.

The new Suburban Imaging center will be located across from Fairview Southdale Hospital in the Southdale Medical Building at 6545 France Avenue. It will replace the Suburban Imaging center located in the Centennial Lakes Building on France Avenue. The new location will open September 2, 2008.

About Suburban Imaging

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Suburban Imaging is Minnesota™s leading provider of high-quality, cost-effective outpatient radiology services. Suburban Imaging owns and operates seven medical imaging facilities that provide physician-led radiology services with sub-specialized radiologists practicing in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurologic, body imaging, breast imaging and interventional radiologic services.

More information about Suburban Imaging, its history and services can be found on the Internet at www.subrad.com or by calling (952) 837-9700.

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Suburban Imaging/Suburban Radiologic Consultants, Ltd.
Robert Starosta, 952-837-9754
bstarosta@subrad.com

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