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Development of Steuben Medical Group Bolstered by Recent Addition of Three Area Physicians to LMG

ANGOLA, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2011) — Three physicians who call Steuben County home recently joined Lutheran Medical Group. The decision of family practice physicians Ted Crisman, MD, and Dean Mattox Sr., MD, and general surgeon Sung Whang, MD, to partner with Lutheran Medical Group is another step in the process to develop Steuben Medical Group, a joint venture between Lutheran Health Network and Cameron Memorial Community Hospital.

The framework for Steuben Medical Group was first introduced during a news conference in Angola last August. At that time, local leaders, including Cameron Hospital officials, board members, physicians and Lutheran Health Network representatives, announced the Cameron board's approval of a recommendation to form a local medical group in partnership with Lutheran Health Network. The composition of Steuben Medical Group will consist of physicians employed by Lutheran Medical Group, who will each continue to dedicate their medical practice to serving the needs of patients in Steuben County.

Physicians choosing to adopt the employment model proposed by the new organization stand to benefit from the added support of Cameron Hospital and Lutheran Health Network. When finalized, the Steuben Medical Group joint venture will be owned equally by Cameron Hospital and Lutheran Health Network.

"Helping community hospitals care for the unique needs of their patients has been a consistent vision of our network since its inception," said Joe Dorko, president and CEO, Lutheran Health Network. "Providing resources and support to physicians in Steuben County so they can continue to deliver high-quality care in their community is something that will pave the way to further growth and development at the local and regional level."

With relief from juggling many of the responsibilities required to manage an independent medical practice, including much of the back office work associated with owning a business, Drs. Crisman, Mattox and Whang expect to have more time to devote to direct patient care. They will also have the added benefit of access to the specialized services provided by Lutheran Medical Group and Lutheran Health Network. In addition, Lutheran Medical Group accepts a wide range of insurance programs, which increases treatment options for patients.

Patients will notice little change when they visit their doctor's office—each physician will remain in his current location with the same office hours. New signage will be placed at the medical offices and patients will begin receiving Lutheran Medical Group office mailings beginning in February.

In addition to being a family physician, Dr. Ted Crisman also performs occupational medicine services and has practiced in Fremont for 27 years. His office is located in the Fremont Medical Center, 401 S. Broad Street, and his office telephone number is 260-495-9803. Dr. Crisman is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Family physician Dr. Dean Mattox Sr. also specializes in occupational medicine and general anesthesia. He has been practicing in Angola for 41 years and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. His office is located at 1109 W. Maumee St., and his office telephone number is 260-665-2131.

Dr. Sung Whang has dedicated his practice as a general surgeon to Steuben County and the surrounding region for 25 years. Dr. Whang is board certified by the American Board of Abdominal Surgery. His office is located in the Cameron Memorial Community Hospital medical office building, 306 E. Maumee St. His office phone number is 260-665-2263.

Lutheran Medical Group caregivers specialize in 14 areas of expertise including allergy, cardiology, electrophysiology, endocrinology/diabetes, family medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, hospitalist, infectious disease, internal medicine, occupational medicine, pediatric specialties, pulmonology and rheumatology. LMG also takes part in numerous research studies and offers an array of diagnostic services.

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