KNOXVILLE, TENN. (May 10, 2007)

TeamHealth and Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston have signed a Letter of Understanding for TeamHealth to provide emergency department staffing and management services to the System's eight suburban hospitals.

Effective June 15, 2007, TeamHealth will be the sole staffing and management services provider for the emergency centers at Memorial Hermann Southwest, Memorial City, Southeast, Northwest, The Woodlands, Northeast, Sugar Land and Katy hospitals. As the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is not affected. The suburban Memorial Hermann hospitals have annualized collective emergency department patient visits exceeding 265,000.

"The people in the suburban communities served by these hospitals expect the best possible care and a positive experience in our emergency centers," said Memorial Hermann chief patient care officer Sarah Sinclair, RN. "After an in-depth evaluation of several providers, we selected TeamHealth because of their national reputation for success in the areas of patient safety, clinical quality, and operational performance improvement.

"We wanted a partner that is large enough to deliver the kind of comprehensive solutions we need, yet flexible enough to customize and tailor their services to meet the needs of the individual hospitals, as well as the population each serves."

"We believe we are the ideal partner for Memorial Hermann, as our solutions are perfectly aligned to help this progressive, award-winning health system achieve its core strategies of quality care, operational excellence, customer experience and responsible growth," said Lynn Massingale, MD, FACEP, chief executive officer of TeamHealth. "We are excited to join Memorial Hermann in its unwavering commitment to advance the quality of healthcare to the Houston community."

About TeamHealth

Founded in 1979, TeamHealth is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. TeamHealth is affiliatedwith over 5,800 healthcare professionals who provide emergency medicine, hospital medicine, radiology, teleradiology, urgent care and pediatric staffing and management services to over 600 civilian and military hospitals, clinics and physician groups in 45 states. For more information about TeamHealth, visit or call 1 (800) 818-1498.