IPC The Hospitalist Company (Nasdaq: IPCM) announced that it has added Innovative Physician Services, LLC (IPS) to its group of national affiliated practices. IPS is a regional medical group specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation combined with internal medicine hospitalist services. The affiliation marks IPC's entry into the New England region.

Headquartered in Ludlow, Massachusetts, IPS provides services to rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, and long-term acute care facilities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The group's 38 hospitalists care for 300 patients daily, on average. The group practices in more than 12 acute care facilities and a number of skilled nursing facilities across the region.

"We joined forces with IPC because we believe its support capabilities will advance the goals of our team to deliver a comprehensive continuum of care for our patients through all levels," said Dr. Adnan Dahdul, an internist who founded IPS in 2004 with Dr. AnnMaria Elder, a physiatrist. The two entrepreneurial physicians will remain as IPC Practice Group Leaders.

About IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc.

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM) is a leading physician group practice company focused on the delivery of hospitalist medicine services. IPC's physicians and affiliated providers manage the care of hospitalized patients in coordination with primary care physicians and specialists. The Company provides its hospitalists with the comprehensive training, information technology, and management support systems necessary to improve the quality and reduce the cost of inpatient care in the facilities it serves.

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc.