Qwest Signs Up Hospitals

Qwest wins contract to provide VHA Southwest with dedicated Internet access and long-distance services for 21 health care organizations

August 25, 2004

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DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced an exclusive, three-year, multimillion-dollar contract to provide VHA Southwest, Inc. with dedicated Internet access and long-distance services. The services will connect 21 community-owned hospitals and health care organizations, including more than 67 free-standing facilities, throughout Texas and New Mexico.

Under the contract, Qwest will provide Dallas-based VHA Southwest, Inc., a consortium of not-for-profit, community-owned hospitals, with domestic and international long-distance services and Internet access.

"VHA Southwest places strong emphasis on working with our members to develop quality, cost-efficient telecommunication solutions. These solutions create a platform for sharing and communicating medical practices, questions and resources," said Ed Wales senior vice president, VHA Southwest. "By using Qwest services, VHA Southwest's healthcare organizations, physicians and staff can effectively communicate the medical needs of their patients and advise on treatment that can help save lives."

"Qwest is pleased to help VHA Southwest bring medical expertise into communities where expanded medical care is not always readily available," said Clifford S. Holtz, executive vice president of Qwest's business markets group. "Qwest's nationwide, fiber-optic network uses next-generation technology to handle customers' high-bandwidth needs, such as those required for medical services."

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