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Avalon Healthcare (Tampa) has signed a provider agreement with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, according to Charles O'Neill, Avalon's CEO. The agreement became effective July 1.

The hospital is part of the Sarasota Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving the Southwest Florida region. The Health System cares for more than 400,000 people each year.

"A direct relationship with Sarasota Memorial allows Avalon to offer competitive rates to consumers in Sarasota and surrounding communities giving them another quality healthcare insurance option," O'Neill said. "It also provides members with lower cost, direct access to exceptional quality care in Sarasota."

"The addition of Sarasota Memorial to our growing network means that Avalon is now close to completing our hospital build-out on the west coast of Florida," added O'Neill.

"We look forward to working with Avalon Healthcare to meet the healthcare needs of their members through our comprehensive array of quality inpatient and outpatient services," said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder.

In other agreements and contracts news, REM Medical (Seattle) reported that U.S. HealthWorks (Valencia, California), the second largest operator of occupational health centers in the U.S., has entered into an exclusive agreement with REM Medical to provide sleep apnea solutions to employer groups on a national basis through its network of 123 medical centers.

REM Medical and U.S. HealthWorks will collaborate to provide comprehensive sleep apnea screening, diagnostic, physician evaluation, treatment and compliance follow-up for all drivers that access the sleep apnea program through their employers.