Bell Atlantic Pledges $120,000 to Anne Arundel Medical Center's New Health Information Network

Bell Atlantic Pledges $120,000 to Anne
Arundel Medical Center's New Health
Information Network

Interactive Kiosks to Provide Quick Access to Current
Health and Medical Information

May 12, 1999


Mary Lou Baker, AAM


Sandra Arnette, Bell Atlantic


ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Anne Arundel Medical Center
(AAMC) Foundation is getting a booster shot from the Bell Atlantic
Foundation for an innovative project to create a health information
network for the new AAMC, currently under construction.

In a ceremony today at the Westfield Shoppingtown -- Annapolis Mall,
Bell Atlantic - Maryland President & CEO Sherry F. Bellamy presented a
$120,000 grant to AAMC to install a series of interactive kiosks that will
provide patients, staff and visitors with immediate access to current health
and medical information.

"We are pleased to partner with Bell Atlantic on a project that
utilizes state-of-the-art technology as the medium for important health
messages," said AAMC President Martin L. Doordan.
"People of all ages can benefit from this innovative service."

The kiosks will incorporate the latest communications technology,
including links to the World Wide Web. They will have comfortable
seating and access to a secured computer, with user-friendly software and
high-speed Internet access. The kiosks will be located in the waiting areas
of the new hospital at the Medical Park outside Annapolis, as well as in
the lobby of the Clatanoff Pavilion and the Medical Staff Library.

"Delivering low-cost, high-quality health care is one of the greatest
challenges facing our nation and our state," Bellamy said.
"AAMC's mission is to create an integrated health-care delivery
network that provides a full array of services for the community. Bell
Atlantic's support will go a long way toward implementation of this
creative, much-needed project in Anne Arundel County."

As part of its "A New Century of Caring" capital campaign,
the AAMC Foundation has installed an informational kiosk in the
Nordstrom wing of the Annapolis Mall. The interactive touch-screen
program, called "Health Care Built Around You," features
visuals and descriptions of the health system's services and the $65 million
building project at AAMC's Medical Park campus.

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit
organization that accepts charitable gifts to support Anne Arundel Health
System in its mission to provide a full range of health care services to the
community. Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), a subsidiary of
Anne Arundel Health System, Inc., is a non-profit health care
organization, licensed and accredited by the Joint Commission on
Accreditation for Health Care Organizations.

The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically
and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in
education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic
development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic. For more
information, visit www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of
the new communications and information industry. With 43 million
telephone access lines and nine million wireless customers worldwide,
Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice
and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's
largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are
also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global
communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.