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US Anesthesia Partners names J. Lankford Wade Chief Financial Officer

Growing executive team is partnering with leading anesthesiology groups in the U.S. to change the way perioperative services are delivered.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. March 25, 2016 - US Anesthesia Partners, Inc. (USAP the nation's leading provider of anesthesiology and pain management services, today announced that J. Lankford Wade has joined the USAP leadership team as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 28, 2016.

Mr. Wade comes to USAP from Aetna, Inc., where he spent nearly five years in progressively increasing roles, most recently serving as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer - Institutional Businesses. In this role, Mr. Wade was an instrumental member of the executive team which supported all of Aetna's local market commercial and Medicare products as well as its' National Accounts and Specialty businesses, representing in excess of $50 billion in annual revenue.

"We are very pleased to have Lankford join USAP as our CFO. His experience as a senior business leader on the payer side of health care coupled with his interest in developing innovative, operational solutions that improve quality, makes him an excellent fit on our executive team," said Kris Bratberg, CEO, USAP.

Mr. Wade has long been passionate about healthcare. Coming from a family of medical professionals, Mr. Wade studied premed along with earning his A.B. degree in Economics, which he earned summa cum laude from Princeton University.

"We as an industry have an opportunity to give healthcare consumers an experience where they feel the healthcare system is working for them to get what they need; where we're focused on keeping people healthier. We call this value-based care and it's the wave of the future," says Wade. "USAP has and is developing unique tools to help providers deliver value-based care, then measure and improve it. I can't think of a company more aligned with my goals. I'm excited to join such a dynamic team."

Prior to joining Aetna, Lankford worked with HealthSpring, Inc., where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Treasurer of the NYSE listed Medicare HMO, serving more than one million members prior to its' sale to CIGNA. Prior to that, he served as Senior Associate in the healthcare group at General Atlantic, a late-stage private equity firm. Lankford started his career with Morgan Stanley where he participated in 11 completed financing transactions raising more than $6.6 billion in capital.

About US Anesthesia Partners

US Anesthesia Partners is a physician-services organization that is dedicated to providing high-quality perioperative and pain management services. USAP partners with leading physician groups and provides the capital resources, infrastructure and business expertise needed to position them for continued growth and success in their markets. USAP's physician partners maintain governance of their practice and collectively own more than fifty percent of USAP.

US Anesthesia Partners affiliated physician groups share operational and clinical best practices helping to facilitate the delivery of consistent, quality services for patients, surgeons, facilities and payers. USAP's more than 2,000 anesthesia providers serve healthcare facilities in Florida, Texas and Colorado. USAP's capital partner is Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, an investment firm with significant experience investing in and building leading healthcare companies. Visit www.usap.com to learn more.

US Anesthesia Partners Media Contact:

Melissa Huntermark, Director, Marketing & CommunicationsMelissa.Huntermark@USAP.com(713) 458-4326