Verizon to Maintain Voice and Data Networks for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

NEW YORK - Verizon, the national communications company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, announced that Verizon Select Services Inc. has signed a five-year network maintenance agreement with California-based Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

Under the terms of the agreement, Verizon will perform comprehensive maintenance services for voice and data networks at more than 1,000 Kaiser Permanente administrative, medical office and hospital locations throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. Verizon will provide maintenance program management, service level agreement monitoring and reporting, equipment repair and project support. Kaiser Permanente is the nation's largest not-for-profit HMO, serving more than 8 million members nationwide.

"Verizon offers Kaiser Permanente the experience, proven track record and strategic national presence they require," said Doug Welch, sales director, Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group. "We have the capabilities needed to maintain complex voice and data networks for large customers such as Kaiser Permanente."

"This contract demonstrates how our solutions-based approach combined with our national resources provide customers with superior, cost-effective methods to meet their communications requirements," said Dick Martin, president of sales, Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group. "The dedication and creativity of the Verizon team demonstrates how we are able to offer network solutions that benefit large, multi-site customers."

Verizon Select Services Inc. is part of Verizon's Enterprise Solutions Group, the organization that manages the design, operation and maintenance of end-to-end total integrated network solutions for large business and government customers across the United States. With more than 18,000 employees in 46 states, Verizon's Enterprise Solutions Group offers a complete range of basic and advanced communications products and services to meet the voice, video, data and IP-related needs of its customers. For more information on products and services available through Verizon Select Services Inc., please call 877-884-8322.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 95 million access lines and 25 million wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in 1999 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.