Originally Released: October, 1999
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Partnership marks the first academic medical center to join the drkoop.com Community Partner Program
Austin, TX - October 1, 1999 -- drkoop.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: KOOP), a leading Internet healthcare information network led by Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, recently announced the addition of its first academic medical center, the University of Maryland Medical System, to the drkoop.com Community Partner Program. The Community Partner Program will provide jointly sponsored health information and on-line services to visitors at the University of Maryland Medical System web site (www.umm.edu).
In addition to participating in the Community Partner Program, the University of Maryland Medical System, in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will host three "Spotlight Events" in drkoop.com's Interactive Community, an on-line forum where a selected health topic is discussed. During these three forums, visitors to the site can talk one-on-one with a faculty physician from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the fifth oldest medical school in the U.S. and first to build its own hospital for clinical instruction. These Spotlight Events reach millions of people due to drkoop.com's extensive network affiliations with AOL and the Go Network.
"We are honored to partner with the prestigious University of Maryland Medical System," said Dr. C. Everett Koop, chairman of drkoop.com. "We are very selective in choosing our Community Partners and feel the University of Maryland Medical System upholds the same patient empowerment focus as drkoop.com."
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit academic medical center that provides a full range of health care and is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Maryland School of Maryland. The University of Maryland Medical Center is a 724-bed hospital that includes the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, known for pioneering new cancer treatments, and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, a world leader in the treatment of patients with severe traumatic injuries. The Medical Center also has the nation's busiest kidney and pancreas transplant program.
About the drkoop.com Community Partner Program
The drkoop.com Community Partner Program brings Dr. Koop's philosophy of patient-empowerment to the local healthcare level. Through the Community Partner Program, drkoop.com licenses content for integration into the partners' Web site. Partners receive custom Web pages, referrals through the drkoop.com national Web site, and a framework to conduct local online interactive chats, forums and polls. To learn more about the Community Partner Program, visit http://www.drkoop.com/aboutus/products/cpp.html.
The Company operates www.drkoop.com, a leading Internet-based consumer healthcare network. The Network consists of a consumer-focused interactive Web site that provides users with comprehensive healthcare information and services, as well as affiliate relationships with portals, other Web sites, healthcare organizations and traditional media outlets. The drkoop.com Network is an Internet healthcare initiative that integrates dynamic healthcare content on a wide variety of subjects, interactive communities and tools as well as opportunities to purchase healthcare-related products and services online. drkoop.com is the exclusive provider of health and related content on three Web sites of the GO Network: GO Health Center, ESPN.com Training Room and the Family.com Health Channel, as well as the premier health content provider for GO's ABCNEWS.com. drkoop.com has also been named the premier health content provider across five AOL brands: AOL Service, AOL.COM, Netscape Netcenter, Digital City and CompuServe. Additional information on drkoop.com can be found at www.drkoop.com.
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