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NOVA Opens On-Site Employee Healthcare Center; Knoxville Operations Center Partners with CHD Meridian Healthcare to Provide Free Medical Services to NOVA Employees

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 18, 2005--NOVA Information Systems (NOVA) today announced the grand opening of an Employee Healthcare Center (EHC) at its facility on Chapman Highway in Knoxville. NOVA partnered with CHD Meridian Healthcare, an I-trax (Amex:DMX) company and the leader in on-site health initiatives, to bring this innovative and convenient service to its 1,000 employees.

The EHC will be staffed by a licensed nurse practitioner and will provide NOVA employees with free, convenient access to basic healthcare. The center will also provide health education and wellness services on a group and personal level.

"NOVA is proud to bring this new and exciting benefit to Knoxville," said David Strider, executive vice president of operations, NOVA. "We feel certain that this will enhance the employee-oriented work environment for which we strive."

"With almost 200 facilities nationwide, CHD Meridian Healthcare thoroughly understands the challenges facing corporations today due to rising healthcare costs," said Stuart Clark, senior vice president at I-trax. "NOVA is a great example of a company focused on providing its employees with high quality benefits at a lower cost."

The new EHC will provide employees with basic health services, such as treatment of minor injuries and illness, blood and lab work, prescription/pharmacy services, vaccinations, and other services without significant time away from the job. In the longer term, the company expects it may even realize a reduction in health care costs.

About I-trax

I-trax (Amex:DMX) is a leading provider of integrated health and productivity management solutions formed by the merger of I-trax Health Management Solutions and CHD Meridian Healthcare. Serving nearly 100 clients at over 180 locations nationwide, I-trax offers wellness, disease management and on-site services. I-trax provides a comprehensive solution specifically designed for every individual regardless of location. The company is focused on improving health, satisfaction and productivity for individuals, while lowering the direct and indirect costs of healthcare related benefits. For more information, visit www.i-trax.com.

About NOVA

NOVA Information Systems, a leader in the payment processing industry, is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB). NOVA partners with financial institutions, independent sales organizations, associations, government agencies and community banks to offer integrated payment processing services to more than 750,000 merchant locations in the United States, Canada and Europe. NOVA's products include credit and debit card processing services, software applications, electronic check conversion, gift card solutions and other value-added services. For more information visit www.novainfo.com

CONTACT:
NOVA Information Systems
Art Schwartz
865-403-8878

SOURCE: NOVA Information Systems

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