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FrontierMEDEX merges with Exploration Logistics

Baltimore, March 17, 2011 – FrontierMEDEX’ Two leading companies in International Medical, Safety and Security -- Exploration Logistics Group and FrontierMEDEX -- Merge to form Frontier FrontierMEDEX Group Mitcheldean, UK and Baltimore, MD (Vocus/PRWEB)

Two of the world’s most respected assistance, medical, safety and security solutions providers, Exploration Logistics Group and FrontierMEDEX, have merged to form Frontier FrontierMEDEX Group. Together they deliver a fully integrated, world-wide assistance, medical, safety and security service, ranging from remote medical clinics, insurance and travel intelligence to medical and political evacuation.

Global CEO, Tim Mitchell, makes clear the potential of the new company. “This merger is timely and significant. The world has already witnessed our rapid response capabilities in both Tripoli and Cairo, where we were first on the ground to evacuate more than 600 civilians from unexpected injury, unrest and rioting.”

“At a time when we face growing environmental and political instability, Frontier FrontierMEDEX is uniquely positioned to help individuals and organizations achieve their global ambitions and fulfill their duty of care in a world of increasing uncertainty.”

With three decades of operational excellence in the world’s most challenging environments, UK-based Exploration Logistics Group has pioneered remote site medical and safety solutions. Through its divisions Frontier Medical, Medekit and Exlogs Safety, it has set medical standards for the oil and gas industry and enabled governments, NGOs and organizations to work effectively and safely in hostile locations.

US-based FrontierMEDEX has delivered emergency medical and security assistance and intelligence services, including emergency evacuation, aviation security and protection for corporate travelers and individuals worldwide since 1977. Through MEDEX Insurance Services, FrontierMEDEX provides insurance coverage and other services to millions of travelers, expatriates and students.

From war zones to holiday homes, Frontier FrontierMEDEX delivers fully integrated medical, safety and security solutions focused on prevention, intervention and response, including:

  • a world-class travel assistance infrastructure
  • first-world standards of primary and emergency medical care in remote and hazardous locations
  • a global network of practicing medical specialists and resources
  • robust medical, safety and security protocols, gained by delivering high quality medical care in the world’s most challenging environments
  • emergency medical and security evacuation and crisis response capabilities
  • extensive travel intelligence, insurance and protection services
  • specialist technical and operational health and safety expertise

President and Chief Operating Officer Americas, Bruce Kirby explains the strengths of this new organization and the innovation it brings to new marketplaces. “What excites our people and customers around the world is our ability to deliver our services across all sectors and all locations. So, whether your challenge is sending your sales team to India, operating a deepwater oil rig off the coast of Brazil, or embarking on a first exchange trip to Paris, Frontier FrontierMEDEX has the proactive, global, medical, safety and security solutions you need to achieve your goals.“

The merger follows a recent investment into the combined entities by specialist minority investor, MML Capital Partners. Management and founding shareholders of both businesses have invested alongside MML.

About Exploration Logistics Group

(http://www.exlogs.com)

Founded in 1986, Exploration Logistics Group delivers world-class medical and safety solutions that overcome the many challenges of remote site operations, reducing risk and enhancing efficiency in isolated and hazardous environments around the globe. With a head office in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, the company has offices in Washington DC, Canada and Dubai, with more than 1200 field staff, medical and safety personnel in locations around the world.

About FrontierMEDEX

(http://www.medexglobal.com)

Founded in 1977, FrontierMEDEX Group dba FrontierMEDEX is headquartered in Towson, Maryland USA, near Baltimore. FrontierMEDEX also maintains offices in Houston, Texas, Beijing, China and Henfield, East Sussex, England. Operating a 24/7/365 Emergency Response Center in its Towson office, FrontierMEDEX provides support to millions of individuals globally for medical and security services each year. MEDEX Insurance Services, Inc., a licensed insurance agency, provides travel insurance through its TravMed® policies, which are underwritten by major insurance companies. CMI International is a brand of scholastic travel insurance owned and sold by FrontierMEDEX.

About MML Capital Partners

(http://www.mmlcapital.com)

Specialist minority investor MML Capital is a leading pan-European and transatlantic independent investment firm with over $2 billion invested across 11 countries during the last 20 years. It provides capital to businesses for expansion/acquisitions, recapitalizations and management buyouts. MML has offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Stamford, Conn., as well as an affiliated Central European Fund with offices in Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw Bucharest and Kiev.

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FrontierMEDEX merges with Exploration Logistics

Baltimore, March 17, 2011 – FrontierMEDEX’ Two leading companies in International Medical, Safety and Security -- Exploration Logistics Group and FrontierMEDEX -- Merge to form Frontier FrontierMEDEX Group Mitcheldean, UK and Baltimore, MD (Vocus/PRWEB)

Two of the world’s most respected assistance, medical, safety and security solutions providers, Exploration Logistics Group and FrontierMEDEX, have merged to form Frontier FrontierMEDEX Group. Together they deliver a fully integrated, world-wide assistance, medical, safety and security service, ranging from remote medical clinics, insurance and travel intelligence to medical and political evacuation.

Global CEO, Tim Mitchell, makes clear the potential of the new company. “This merger is timely and significant. The world has already witnessed our rapid response capabilities in both Tripoli and Cairo, where we were first on the ground to evacuate more than 600 civilians from unexpected injury, unrest and rioting.”

“At a time when we face growing environmental and political instability, Frontier FrontierMEDEX is uniquely positioned to help individuals and organizations achieve their global ambitions and fulfill their duty of care in a world of increasing uncertainty.”

With three decades of operational excellence in the world’s most challenging environments, UK-based Exploration Logistics Group has pioneered remote site medical and safety solutions. Through its divisions Frontier Medical, Medekit and Exlogs Safety, it has set medical standards for the oil and gas industry and enabled governments, NGOs and organizations to work effectively and safely in hostile locations.

US-based FrontierMEDEX has delivered emergency medical and security assistance and intelligence services, including emergency evacuation, aviation security and protection for corporate travelers and individuals worldwide since 1977. Through MEDEX Insurance Services, FrontierMEDEX provides insurance coverage and other services to millions of travelers, expatriates and students.

From war zones to holiday homes, Frontier FrontierMEDEX delivers fully integrated medical, safety and security solutions focused on prevention, intervention and response, including:

  • a world-class travel assistance infrastructure
  • first-world standards of primary and emergency medical care in remote and hazardous locations
  • a global network of practicing medical specialists and resources
  • robust medical, safety and security protocols, gained by delivering high quality medical care in the world’s most challenging environments
  • emergency medical and security evacuation and crisis response capabilities
  • extensive travel intelligence, insurance and protection services
  • specialist technical and operational health and safety expertise

President and Chief Operating Officer Americas, Bruce Kirby explains the strengths of this new organization and the innovation it brings to new marketplaces. “What excites our people and customers around the world is our ability to deliver our services across all sectors and all locations. So, whether your challenge is sending your sales team to India, operating a deepwater oil rig off the coast of Brazil, or embarking on a first exchange trip to Paris, Frontier FrontierMEDEX has the proactive, global, medical, safety and security solutions you need to achieve your goals.“

The merger follows a recent investment into the combined entities by specialist minority investor, MML Capital Partners. Management and founding shareholders of both businesses have invested alongside MML.

About Exploration Logistics Group

(http://www.exlogs.com)

Founded in 1986, Exploration Logistics Group delivers world-class medical and safety solutions that overcome the many challenges of remote site operations, reducing risk and enhancing efficiency in isolated and hazardous environments around the globe. With a head office in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, the company has offices in Washington DC, Canada and Dubai, with more than 1200 field staff, medical and safety personnel in locations around the world.

About FrontierMEDEX

(http://www.medexglobal.com)

Founded in 1977, FrontierMEDEX Group dba FrontierMEDEX is headquartered in Towson, Maryland USA, near Baltimore. FrontierMEDEX also maintains offices in Houston, Texas, Beijing, China and Henfield, East Sussex, England. Operating a 24/7/365 Emergency Response Center in its Towson office, FrontierMEDEX provides support to millions of individuals globally for medical and security services each year. MEDEX Insurance Services, Inc., a licensed insurance agency, provides travel insurance through its TravMed® policies, which are underwritten by major insurance companies. CMI International is a brand of scholastic travel insurance owned and sold by FrontierMEDEX.

About MML Capital Partners

(http://www.mmlcapital.com)

Specialist minority investor MML Capital is a leading pan-European and transatlantic independent investment firm with over $2 billion invested across 11 countries during the last 20 years. It provides capital to businesses for expansion/acquisitions, recapitalizations and management buyouts. MML has offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Stamford, Conn., as well as an affiliated Central European Fund with offices in Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw Bucharest and Kiev.

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FrontierMEDEX Evacuates Clients from Egypt

Baltimore, February 1, 2011 – FrontierMEDEX’ Security Services Division has raised their Status Phase for travelers in Egypt from Alert Status to Evacuation Status. This change is based on the company’s in-house Intelligence Team’s assessment of the situation on the ground.  That assessment is consistent with the U.S. State Department’s order to evacuate all non-essential U.S. government personnel from Egypt and recommendation that U.S. citizen not travel to Egypt at this time.

“Our intelligence analysts had been keeping a close watch on the situation as it developed, using information from public and private sources, to determine the need to evacuate people out of Egypt.  This intelligence has been instrumental in helping our operations personnel conduct security evacuations to remove our clients from potential harm’s way”, said FrontierMEDEX’ President & CEO, Bruce Kirby.

Political protests and demonstrations in Egypt have resulted in an ongoing security situation. FrontierMEDEX's Intelligence team continues to monitor the situation from both their 24-hour Emergency Response Center and Intelligence Center. In addition, we are actively evacuating both current clients, and those of other organizations whose providers have been unable to assist them.

We have chartered one flight that left yesterday (January 31) at 3PM EST. Two charters flights left today (February 1) at 11:10 AM EST and 5:00PM EST. The combined chartered flights today will carry on them approximately 400 travelers combined. Another chartered flight is currently being coordinated for Thursday. FrontierMEDEX had already evacuated an executive and his family from Egypt on a private Hawker aircraft.  In addition, FrontierMEDEX Global Solutions has assisted in coordinating the evacuation of over 140 people via commercial flights.

“The situation in Egypt has been interesting because we have stepped in to provide safe passage for not only our clients, but also other organizations whose service partners were unable to provide assistance. It’s a good example for the need for more than having the services in place, but for partnering with a company like ours who is experienced in conducting those services”, said Charlie Leblanc, president of FrontierMEDEX’ Security Services Division.

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX was created when FrontierMEDEX acquired leading security provider ASI Group in May 2008. This is the oldest and largest independently-owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 50 combined years, FrontierMEDEX has served corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. Services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations. For more information, please visit the MEDEX Website.

Media Contact: Christopher Steber, Director of Marketing, 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, Maryland 21286; 410-453-6300 or csteber@frontiermedex.com

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CMI Insurance Launches New Website to Protect Students and International Travelers

Baltimore, MD (Feburary 9, 2010)

Baltimore, MD (Feburary 9, 2010) - CMI Insurance, a part of FrontierMEDEX, launched a newly redesigned website last Monday to allow easier access for study abroad participants and international travelers to purchase international medical insurance services. The redesigned website (www.cmi-insurance.com ) provides more information in a clear format, allowing travelers to make educated decisions about international insurance programs and administrators to understand the breadth of services offered by the FrontierMEDEX companies. These services include online medical and security intelligence, emergency medical evacuations, in-house security assistance, and many other capabilities that address the growing concerns of international program administrators.

"The redesign of the website allows for students to easily purchase their policy online," says Linda Fallon, president of CMI Insurance. "It also speaks to parents and administrators who may have questions about student travel medical insurance."

The new website has sections for study abroad and exchange program administrators, students, parents, and leisure travelers. Visitors looking for individual programs can quickly identify their options and purchase a program designed specifically for them. Administrators researching blanket programs for student groups will learn about CMI's parent company, FrontierMEDEX, and the comprehensive solution, which provides medical insurance, evacuation services, online medical and security intelligence, security assistance, and much more.

"We are proud to present this website to our clients," says Fallon. "This is just the first of many steps we are taking to keep CMI Insurance and FrontierMEDEX's scholastic clients and travelers better informed about the services available to them."

About FrontierMEDEX:

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently-owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations. For more information, please visit the FrontierMEDEX Website.

Media Contact: Christopher Steber, Director of Marketing, 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, Maryland 21286; 410-453-6300

About CMI Insurance:

Founded in 1971, CMI Insurance provides specialized insurance products to thousands of traveling students and other scholastic travelers through relationships with colleges, universities and secondary schools. This includes study abroad insurance for students who are exploring educational opportunities outside the U.S., as well as various forms of global medical insurance for people traveling abroad and for foreign nationals traveling to the USA. For more information, please visit the CMI Insurance Website.

Media Contact: Christopher Steber, Director of Marketing, 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, Maryland 21286; 410-453-6300

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FrontierMEDEX Announces the Addition of Regional Sales Directors John Pugh, Stephen Rullo and Chip Sousa

Baltimore, MD (January 26, 2010)

Bruce Kirby, president and CEO of FrontierMEDEX, announced the addition of three new regional sales directors to the FrontierMEDEX team. John Pugh will service the Western United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Stephen Rullo will be responsible for US Agency for International Development (USAID) and non-governmental organization (NGO) sales, and Chip Sousa will manage sales in FrontierMEDEX's scholastic division.

“We are strengthening our sales team to target specific industries and locations,” says Kirby. “This enables us to reach more potential clients and ultimately help more travelers than ever before.”

Pugh has extensive experience in the international marketplace. He comes to FrontierMEDEX from Shepell-fgi, the major provider of global employee assistance program services, and he previously spent 12 years as a sales director for a major FrontierMEDEX competitor. Early in his career, Pugh was an IBM international account manager, where he managed the global responsibility for clients such as Bank of America, DHL, Matson Navigation, The Harper Group and several cruise lines.

Pugh has employed his international expertise in more than 25 different countries. He received his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville University, attended Northwestern University Kellogg School Executive Management Program and earned a teaching credential at Dominican University.

Rullo most recently served as a director of sales within WellPoint’s Consumer Health Solutions business unit. Like Pugh, Rullo also worked for a major FrontierMEDEX competitor, as well as The Coca-Cola Company.

Rullo’s travels have taken him to Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California – Berkeley and is currently obtaining his master’s in business administration at Villanova University.

Sousa has more than 10 years of experience in health and financial services. For the past six years, Sousa was an account executive at Aetna Student Health, where he successfully sold and implemented many student health insurance programs.

“John [Pugh], Steve [Rullo], and Chip [Sousa] are excellent additions to the FrontierMEDEX sales team,” comments Kirby. “With their experience and tenacity, along with the dedication of our other regional sales directors, FrontierMEDEX is positioned for optimal growth in 2010 and beyond.”

About FrontierMEDEX:

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently-owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations. For more information, please visit the FrontierMEDEX Website.

Media Contact: Christopher Steber, Director of Marketing, 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, Maryland 21286; 410-453-6300

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In Earthquake Aftermath, Response Time is Critical: How FrontierMEDEX Protected Clients and Travelers

Baltimore, MD (January 22, 2010)

Within 17 minutes of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake striking Port-au-Prince, Haiti, FrontierMEDEX, a leader in the travel assistance industry, had notified clients of the event. Medical and security teams in Baltimore, Maryland, and Houston, Texas, were quickly assessing the situation, contacting on-the-ground resources and providing advice and guidance to clients who had travelers and expatriates in Haiti.

Time is crucial in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster. “Our first goal was to get the most accurate information as quickly as possible,” says Bruce Kirby, President and CEO of FrontierMEDEX. “We needed to carefully evaluate the situation, so we could provide sound advice to our clients and their travelers.”

While some organizations and travelers wanted to leave the country to return home to safety, many FrontierMEDEX clients were trying to get into Port-au-Prince to help. Major news networks, relief agencies and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) organizations turned to the travel assistance company for aircraft, food and water, and other supplies. To provide on-the-ground medical, security and logistical assistance, FrontierMEDEX had seven individuals, including a FrontierMEDEX Physician Advisor, operating from Haiti.

Despite the initial shutdown of Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport, FrontierMEDEX transported several high-profile clients into the city less than 12 hours after the earthquake. “Our teams worked all night to make secure transportation arrangements,” says Charlie LeBlanc, President of ASI Group, the security division of FrontierMEDEX. “With our help, these clients were able to obtain the first video footage for a major news organization.”

In the initial aftermath of the earthquake, FrontierMEDEX had 10 aircraft, consisting of two Jetstream 32 twin-engine turboprops with 19-seat capacity, six Bell 206 helicopters and two Learjet air ambulances, on stand-by or actively transporting people into and out of Haiti. Within 48 hours, the company had moved 94 rescue workers, emergency responders and members of the press into Port-au-Prince. By the morning of Friday, January 15, several clients who had been affected by the earthquake were transported to nearby safe havens. As clients continue to travel in and out of the country, FrontierMEDEX’ on-the-ground resources provide food, water and fuel to clients in Port-au-Prince.

Overall, FrontierMEDEX provided assistance to more than 800 travelers and expatriates affected by the earthquake. “Unfortunately, we still have several individuals who passed away or are missing,” says Kirby. “While we hope for the best, we are actively working to locate them and bring their remains home to their families.”

In addition to the logistical, medical and security support, FrontierMEDEX has promised financial support. The company is matching employee contributions to relief organizations. “We are proud to be a part of the relief missions sponsored by our clients, and this is just one more way to support them,” adds Kirby.

About FrontierMEDEX:

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently-owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. Comprised of FrontierMEDEX, ASI Group, FrontierMEDEX Corporation, FrontierMEDEX Insurance Corporation, and CMI Insurance, FrontierMEDEX serves corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. Services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations. For more information, please visit the FrontierMEDEX Website. (http://www.medexassist.com/default.aspx?campaignid=MXG10PR01H)

Media Contact: Christopher Steber, Director of Marketing, 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, Maryland 21286, Csteber@frontiermedex.com; 410-453-6300

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An Earthquake Emergency: FrontierMEDEX and ASI Group Quickly Respond to the Situation in Haiti

January 15, 2010 -- Baltimore, MD (Vocus) January 14, 2010

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, while many travelers and expatriates are calling FrontierMEDEX for assistance in trying to leave the country, ASI Group, the security subsidiary of MEDEX, has been working diligently to bring relief workers and members of the press into the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

Within 12 hours of the earthquake, ASI Group had arranged multiple helicopter trips into and out of the country. Throughout the day, ASI Group has five helicopters flying back and forth from Port-au-Prince to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. “The operations team worked through the night to help our clients make transportation arrangements to Haiti, and our on-the-ground resources were there to ensure their safety and security once they arrived,” says Charlie LeBlanc, President of ASI Group. “We are also actively working to evacuate people from Haiti.” Transportation arrangements and assistance has been arranged for major media personalities, first-responders traveling to Haiti, international relief agencies, USAID organizations, and others.

In addition, both ASI Group and its parent company, FrontierMEDEX, are closely monitoring the situation. They are working to provide assistance, locate individuals, and evacuate clients who may be caught in the aftermath of the earthquake. FrontierMEDEX is also planning to manage any repatriation of mortal remains that may be necessary. “We are currently trying to locate several individuals on behalf of clients,” says Bruce Kirby, President of FrontierMEDEX. “Our thoughts are with everyone during this difficult time.”

FrontierMEDEX and ASI Group currently have about 50 clients who were living in or traveling to Haiti at the time of the earthquake. Any clients who are known to have travelers in Haiti are encouraged to call the FrontierMEDEX Emergency Response Center at 1-800-527-0218 (1-410-453-6330). “The sooner we know if your organization needs help, the sooner we can make arrangements,” adds Kirby.

For the most current information on the situation, visit ASI Group’s dedicated Web site, WorldWatch® Monitor, at http://monitor.asigroup.com.

About MEDEX:

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently-owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations. For more information, please visit the FrontierMEDEX Website.

About ASI Group:

ASI Group is a trusted name in global risk management services for corporations (including eight of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies), major international organizations and government agencies at home and abroad. Founded in 1989 in Houston, Texas, ASI Group employs intelligence analysts, security consultants, investigators, training specialists and a global agent network that helps clients mitigate and respond to the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Media Contact: Christopher Steber, Director of Marketing, 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, Maryland 21286, Csteber(at)medexassist(dot)com; 410-453-6319

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MEDEX Is Twittering

Find out how FrontierMEDEX is protecting travelers around the world when you follow us on Twitter. Twitter ID is FrontierMEDEX.

Baltimore, MD. (July 21, 2009)

Having helped travelers around the world for more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has acquired a wealth of stories and cases. Each week, via the social networking site Twitter, FrontierMEDEX will share stories of how travelers needed our help. From minor accidents to close animal encounters to emergency security evacuations, FrontierMEDEX has helped travelers on every continent and in every country.

“We think this is great way to help emphasize the importance of having a travel medical insurance program,” says Eddie Jenkins, FrontierMEDEX's Director of Information Technology. “Using Twitter allows us to reach more people and show them how others have benefitted from FrontierMEDEX's services.”

While FrontierMEDEX's Twitter feed will initially share case studies, it will also grow to cover breaking global events, medical emergencies, and product updates.

For more information, visit our Twitter page at www.medexassist.com/twitter.

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations.

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MEDEX Acquires CMI Insurance

Student Medical Insurance Strengthens Offerings to Colleges and Universities

Baltimore, MD. (May 4, 2009) -- FrontierMEDEX announced today that it has formally completed the acquisition of CMI Insurance, formerly a PSA company. CMI is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEDEX Insurance Services, Inc., the travel medical insurance entity within FrontierMEDEX.

“We have worked hard on this deal and are very pleased with the results,” states Bruce Kirby, President and CEO of FrontierMEDEX. “The pairing of CMI and FrontierMEDEX is a natural fit that supports our strategic growth initiatives.”

The addition of CMI insurance products positions FrontierMEDEX as a premier risk management solution for secondary schools, colleges, universities and educational organizations worldwide. Thousands of organizations and millions of travelers, who already subscribe to FrontierMEDEX's pre-travel intelligence products and medical, travel and security solutions, now have the additional option of comprehensive off-the-shelf and custom designed medical insurance.

“In today’s ever changing security and medical environment, we know schools are concerned about their students and want to protect them when they study outside of their home country,” says Linda McGee, President of MEDEX Insurance Services, Inc., “FrontierMEDEX's operational experience and broad spectrum of products tailored to this market, allows us to be a quality partner in helping them achieve that goal.”

Similarly, existing CMI clients can now access FrontierMEDEX's broader range of services and consider the additional offerings presented through all of FrontierMEDEX’s companies. In fact, it was almost exactly one year ago that FrontierMEDEX announced their strategic acquisition of ASI Group, a leading security risk management company which services eight of the Top 10 Fortune 500 companies with their global intelligence, security operations, crisis management, and travel security management offerings.

About MEDEX:

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations. For more information, please visit the FrontierMEDEX Website.

About CMI Insurance:

Founded in 1971, CMI Insurance provides specialized insurance products to thousands of traveling students and other scholastic travelers through relationships with colleges, universities and secondary schools. This includes study abroad insurance for students who are exploring educational opportunities outside the U.S., as well as various forms of global medical insurance for people traveling abroad and for foreign nationals traveling to the USA.

Media Contact: Linda McGee, President of MEDEX Insurance Services, Inc., lmcgee@frontiermedex.com, 410-453-6314.

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Don't Sacrifice Your Well-being in a Discount Destination

MEDEX Advises Travelers to Prepare for Unexpected Financial, Health, and Security Risks in Exotic Locales

Baltimore, MD (Vocus/PRWEB) March 31, 2009 -- American travelers who continue travel spending in a down economy should prepare for unexpected medical and security situations that could wipe out any money saved on their bargain vacation. Old and new destinations offering steep discounts may carry risks that travelers won't find advertised.

"In many small islands and less-developed countries medical care is below international standards," warns Linda McGee, President of MEDEX Insurance Services. "Coupled with high disease risks and unyielding costs for emergency evacuation, unprepared travelers could face expenses that more than outweigh any discount obtained during booking."

Since the beginning of the year, FrontierMEDEX has experienced notable increases in traveler medical assistance cases for high-risk destinations. "Our cases for Peru have doubled compared to this same time period last year," explains McGee, "And this is in a country where there is a current outbreak of Dengue Fever - a very serious medical threat."

Other locations such as Mexico - commonly accepted as a great value due to the strength of the U.S. dollar - are suffering from concerns over security and political instability. Medical emergencies can often be the result of a traveler caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, such as during a protest-turned-riot. In fact, many of MEDEX's cases are not caused by a traveler's poor health condition or their engaging in risky activity.

"While you definitely have cases involving patients with a history of cardiac trouble or an adventure traveler who falls, there are just as many emergencies caused by factors outside of an individual's control," says Susan Torroella, COO for FrontierMEDEX. "These are situations travelers can't necessarily prevent - like your taxi getting in a car accident."

When travelers get injured in a foreign country, they can face severe financial implications and have difficulty finding quality care. Medicare does not pay for any medical expense overseas and most domestic policies will force travelers to pay upfront and then submit for their claim after returning home, if they cover overseas medical care at all. According to FrontierMEDEX experts, even when travelers are able to gather enough funds to pay for treatment, they often find themselves in facilities that are ill-prepared to diagnose or treat appropriately. Smaller Caribbean islands suffer a lack of physicians and equipment, and other popular destinations can only handle basic care. Serious injuries and conditions requiring emergency medical evacuation can cost as much as $25,000 or more to return a patient to the United States.

McGee offers this tip for travelers this year: "When you vacation in resort areas in the Caribbean or Central and South America this summer, be sure your great deal is not negated by a risk taken with your well-being. Research your destination before you go, and find a solid company from which to purchase your travel insurance policy." McGee also advises travelers to make sure the company offers more than just medical insurance, and that they can assist you during an emergency to find the right doctors and hospitals, monitor your care, assist with language barriers and provide up-front bill payment.

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently owned provider of global travel security and medical assistance in North America. All FrontierMEDEX travel medical insurance programs include 24-hour, multilingual support for everything from international prescription replacement to emergency medical evacuations. The FrontierMEDEX Emergency Response Center handles nearly 30,000 cases a year in over 200 countries. MEDEX Insurance Services offers policies for as little as $2/day and can include up to $500,000 in coverage for emergency medical expenses and evacuation. MEDEX 360°m Global Monitor reports include valuable travel health information for $8.95 per destination. For a travel insurance quote or more information, visit medexassist.com or call 866-888-1170.

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Susan Torroella Joins FrontierMEDEX as COO

Veteran Healthcare Executive Brings New Leadership to Management Team

Baltimore, MD (Vocus/PRWEB ) February 26, 2009 -- FrontierMEDEX, a leading provider of travel, security and medical assistance today announced the addition of Susan Torroella as Chief Operating Officer. Torroella joins FrontierMEDEX from Columbia MedCom Group, where she was CEO for seven years. Charged with leading the expanding company’s 24-hour, global operations, Torroella brings with her more than 20 years of strategic management, marketing and sales experience in the health care industry.

“We are thrilled to welcome Susan to our team, as we plan for another growth year in 2009,” states Bruce Kirby, President and CEO of FrontierMEDEX. “Her strategic leadership and management style will be extremely valuable, and her passion for excellence fits right in with our corporate culture.”

“I’m excited to join such a dynamic company, and look forward to contributing to FrontierMEDEX's continued growth,” says Torroella. “The constant flow of information and case activity at FrontierMEDEX keeps everyone on their toes and it’s very evident that employees care about the work that they do and the people that they help.”

Torroella has been widely recognized for her innovation and commitment to employees. Her former company was recognized in Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” in 2005 and 2007. Additionally, FORTUNE Small Business Magazine named Torroella as “Best Boss” and PharmaVoice identified her as one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Leaders in the life sciences industry.

Active in mentoring women in healthcare, Susan launched the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Healthcare Business Woman’s Association (HBA), the largest association of healthcare leaders worldwide. She now sits on their Global Board of Directors.

Her prior experience includes working in the pharmaceutical industry for Schering-Plough as Senior Marketing Manager and for USAID subcontractor John Snow, a public health care firm, managing programs for the health and well-being of women and children in West Africa.

Torroella holds a Bachelor's Degree from Franklin & Marshall College, and a Masters Degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She was awarded Thunderbird's Barton Kyle Yount Award given to the member of each graduating class who most exemplifies Yount’s ideals of scholarship, accomplishment and character.

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations.

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FrontierMEDEX Cautions: Beware of Rabies When Abroad

Baltimore, MD. (February 5, 2009) -- FrontierMEDEX reports a 240% increase in dog bite cases handled by its Emergency Response Center in 2008. This has experts concerned not just about the increase in cases, but also about the possibility that travelers might contract the deadly rabies virus from rabid wild dogs.

“Most travelers know to be wary of close contact with wild animals, such as snakes and monkeys, but many Americans forget that in some foreign countries most dogs are wild and can carry diseases,” explains Dr. Ben Koppel. As Medical Director for MEDEX, Koppel urges travelers to err on the side of caution. “Dog bites require prompt medical attention, with immediate, vigorous washing with soap and water of any wounds, followed by cleansing with an antiseptic. This then is followed by a series of five post-exposure rabies shots that need to be administered on a specific timetable. Waiting too long could cost you your life.”

Causing more than 50,000 deaths worldwide each year, rabies kills more people than polio, encephalitis, or meningitis - with almost half of the victims being children. Compounding the problem, there is a global shortage of rabies vaccines and the human or equine rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) recommended by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both products are also expensive.

“Unfortunately, the greatest difficulty in preventative or proper post-treatment exists in the countries where the vaccine and immunoglobulin are most needed,” according to Dr. Henry Wilde, FrontierMEDEX Physician Advisor and world-renowned expert on rabies and infectious diseases. Wilde urges travelers to plan ahead for the pre-exposure vaccinations regimen if they know they will be traveling to a canine rabies endemic region, particularly in Asia, Africa and parts of South America. “Most importantly, if travelers have been vaccinated, they will not need the expensive and scarce immunoglobulin (RIG) if they are bitten by an animal in a rabies endemic country,” he explains.

“Rabies as a Threat to the Traveler,” a FrontierMEDEX article authored by Dr. Wilde, can be downloaded online in .pdf format. Additional white papers and articles about medical and security risks and management for international travelers are available online using the MEDEX website white paper link.

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently owned provider of global travel security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served individual business and leisure travelers, corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies and humanitarian organizations. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations.

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Tough Economic Times Call For Savvy Travelers

FrontierMEDEX Advises Protecting Financial Assets & Health While Abroad

BALTIMORE, Md. (November 5, 2008) – Tough economic times should encourage travelers to plan smarter, safer trips, according to FrontierMEDEX. As individuals look for the most economical and sensible travel options, FrontierMEDEX advises vacationers and business travelers to avoid major risks and costs associated with medical emergencies while overseas.

“Nothing can put a family or business at risk like an international medical emergency,” says Bruce Kirby, CEO of FrontierMEDEX. “However, travelers can make informed decisions in advance to protect their health and financial assets.”

For as little as two dollars a day, travelers can purchase international travel insurance that covers emergency medical expenses such as hospital and physician fees, medical evacuation and emergency dental expenses. Without this coverage, travelers could be forced to max out their credit cards, tap dwindling home equities, deplete savings accounts, or suffer treatment delays.

“Too many people equate travel insurance with lost luggage and trip cancellation,” adds Kirby. “The dangers and expenses of a medical emergency far exceed the costs of lost luggage, and you can add baggage and trip coverage to most medical policies.”

Some travelers mistakenly think they already have coverage through existing policies, when they do not. These groups include people over 65 using Medicare, which does not cover overseas medical needs; business executives of small-to-mid-sized companies that may not carry group travel policies or may only cover evacuation costs; and mission-based travelers on volunteer trips through churches or other nonprofits that may not provide medical coverage.

To be a savvy, safe traveler, FrontierMEDEX recommends the following:

  • Protect your finances by investing in a travel insurance package that includes comprehensive medical and evacuation coverage.
  • Understand that protection against trip cancellation and lost baggage is a minor cost compared to emergency medical expenses. Compare policies of $50,000, $100,000 or more to protect against costly evacuations and medical fees.
  • Make sure the insurance policy includes direct payment to the medical provider. Many international facilities and practitioners require cash up-front, and prior to treatment. Policies that reimburse individuals after they return home will not help when you need immediate cash and care.
  • Ask who provides the emergency assistance included in most travel medical policies. Some insurers outsource to a 24-hour call center that may not have experience with serious medical emergencies. When you need help fast, you can’t afford delays caused by transferring calls, verifying benefits, or waiting for claims approval from a different office.
  • Research your location before you go to understand what health risks are present at your destination and where to go for quality medical treatment. Preparing before you leave can go a long way in protecting your health and your wallet.
  • Be aware that some insurance companies have been affected by the current banking crisis. While investigating insurance policies, confirm that you are working with a credible, well-established company and underwriter to avoid further risks.

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently owned provider of global travel security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served individual business and leisure travelers, corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies and humanitarian organizations. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning

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Online Resource Translates Common Medical Phrases, Provides Essential Information About Prescriptions and Medications Abroad

New MEDEX 360°m Enhancements Help Travelers Avoid International Medical Crises

Baltimore, MD (September 25, 2008) – Medical directors, risk managers and study abroad administrators can now resolve potentially dangerous healthcare mistakes abroad through the use of a new online resource. “Medical Phrase Translations” and “International Drug Equivalencies” have been added to MEDEX 360°m Global Medical Monitor, a comprehensive website that provides vital and timely health risk and medical care information for specific international destinations.

Available from FrontierMEDEX, the new Medical Phrase Translation tool serves as an emergency dictionary that allows travelers to print out and bring with them 180 common medical phrases and translations in 24 different languages. By pointing to translated expressions, patients can communicate key information such as “I’m having difficulty breathing,” “I have pain in my chest,” or “I have a fever and chills,” in more than 200 countries and territories.

The new International Drug Equivalencies feature provides essential information about medications overseas. Using this online tool, travelers can search for their prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines to determine whether their medication – or a brand equivalent – is available.

“Language interpretation errors can lead to clinical mistakes in medical emergencies, and even routine prescriptions may not be available or allowed through customs in a number of countries,” says Bruce Kirby, CEO of FrontierMEDEX. “The enhanced MEDEX 360°m allows administrators to arm their travelers with important tools to overcome these issues so their people can receive the quality care they need, when they need it.”

Created in partnership with Harvard Medical International, MEDEX 360°m Global Medical Monitor is the most robust and comprehensive online medical resource available today, providing FrontierMEDEX members with information for 236 countries and territories around the world, such as:

  • Immunization requirements and recommendations
  • The quality and availability of local care, including the names of recommended hospitals
  • Health alerts and updates
  • A unique one-to-five medical risk rating system reporting the primary concerns of each country

MEDEX 360°m Global Medical Monitor is currently available to all corporate, scholastic, USAID and government clients. To learn more, visit http://www.medex360m.com or call (877) 654-3310.

ABOUT FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently owned provider of global travel, security and medical assistance in North America. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and individual business and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations.

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Study Abroad Programs Present Educational Opportunities and Hidden Risks

As Students Gear Up for Back-to-School, Parents and Administrators Must Ensure Safe Semesters Abroad

BALTIMORE, Md. (August 27, 2008) — An unprecedented number of students are participating in study abroad programs this semester and they are choosing to study in more remote and diverse locations than ever before. This trend is increasing the demand these students have for adequate medical and security resources.

FrontierMEDEX, a travel assistance and medical and security evacuation company has noticed a significant uptick in the problems that students are facing when they travel abroad. FrontierMEDEX reports a 53% increase in the number of countries where 18 to 23-year olds have required emergency assistance when comparing the first half of this year to just two years ago (from 49 to 75 countries). Approximately one in five medical cases required inpatient treatment versus outpatient care, according to FrontierMEDEX data from January through June of 2008. Many of these cases occurred in countries where well-trained medical staff is scarce and local standards for cleanliness are questionable. In other locations, foreigners are often targeted by criminals and security issues may arise amidst volatile political landscapes.

A recent report from the Institute of International Education found that more than 223,000 Americans are currently studying abroad — a record number that educators expect to see double by the end of the decade. They are also noticing that study abroad programs in China, Africa, and the Middle East are becoming increasingly popular. While these destinations are rich in cultural opportunity, they can present a number of challenges in the event of a medical or security emergency. According to FrontierMEDEX Director of Client Relations, David Mair, many scholastic administrators have to look for more sophisticated preparation strategies and more elaborate comprehensive medical and security programs for their students.

FrontierMEDEX, which provides medical and security services to many of the nation’s top schools and universities, recommends that parents and students look for the following components in a study abroad program and insurance package:

  • Destination intelligence services that will provide students with the latest information and guidance about health considerations, personal security concerns, and social or political instability.
  • A list of pre-screened hospitals and other medical providers verified to have quality diagnostic and treatment options meeting international standards for care.
  • Multilingual, 24/7 travel assistance services that can help students when they experience any travel, medical or security emergency.
  • Evacuation coverage, up to $100,000 or more, for emergency medical, security and political evacuations. Also look for the bedside companion benefit that pays for a family member to join a loved one who is hospitalized and alone.
  • Medical insurance that will provide coverage for international emergencies and even routine medical care performed outside of the U.S. Examine the fine print to make sure that there are no exclusions related to drugs, alcohol and suicide ― these exclusions may exist in programs that are not specifically designed for students.

“Nobody plans to break a bone or to spend their semester in the middle of a war zone ― but it can happen. Just ask the student who fell off of the Great Wall of China, or those who were caught in Beirut when bombs started to fall,” said Bruce Kirby, CEO of FrontierMEDEX. “Parents and school administrators share the concern and responsibility for the wellbeing of their students, so naturally they want to arm their students with everything they need to stay safe and healthy.”

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX Global Group is North America’s leading provider of international travel, medical and security evacuation and assistance services. For more than 30 years, FrontierMEDEX has served individual business and leisure travelers, corporations, scholastic institutions, government agencies and humanitarian organizations. FrontierMEDEX services range from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case management and complex emergency evacuations. FrontierMEDEX recently partnered with Harvard Medical International to create MEDEX 360°m Global Medical Monitor, the most robust, country-specific medical information website available. For more information, visit www.medexglobalgroup.com.

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MEDEX Acquires ASI Group, Inc.

Creates North America’s Largest Global Provider of both Medical Travel Assistance and Risk Management Services

Baltimore, MD (May 15, 2008) – MEDEX Global Group announced today that it has formally completed the acquisition of ASI Group (formerly Air Security International). In operation for more than thirty years, FrontierMEDEX is the oldest and largest independently owned provider of global travel security and medical assistance in North America.

Based in Baltimore, FrontierMEDEX provides 24/7/365 support for business and individual travelers, including pre-trip intelligence, contingency planning, real-time medical case monitoring, and complex emergency evacuations.

ASI Group, founded in 1989 and based in Houston, is a leading provider of global risk-management services. These services include business intelligence and investigations; personal and asset protection; global ground transportation; emergency evacuations; aviation security management; travel security management; and crisis management; as well as response, training and education services.

ASI works with eight of the Top 10 Fortune 500 companies and shares the same diverse range of clients as FrontierMEDEX, including U.S. based, international and multinational corporations, academic institutions, professional associations, insurance companies, NGOs, and humanitarian organizations. ASI Group has been a security partner of FrontierMEDEX for more than ten years.

“As the increase in global travel continues, individual and institutional consumers demand comprehensive security intelligence and protection,” said FrontierMEDEX CEO Bruce Kirby. “By adding the international security resources and expertise of ASI Group to MEDEX, we can provide our customers with an enhanced, fully-integrated travel protection solution.”

Kirby added, “We have taken two companies with great global reputations and client retention and created the premier, best-in-class international source for medical, security, and travel assistance services available today.”

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. ASI Group will retain its name and location under the direction of President Charlie LeBlanc and the ASI management team. It will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary and the combined company will total close to 200 employees. “This is an outstanding fit for ASI both strategically and operationally,” says LeBlanc. “Becoming part of FrontierMEDEX will only strengthen our position in the marketplace and provide our clients with a truly robust set of services. We can leverage our unique product offerings like our Worldwatch ™ Intelligence Software with MEDEX 360ºm Global Medical Monitor. Our culture and business philosophy has always been closely aligned with FrontierMEDEX. We look forward to a smooth transition and a successful future together.”

Since 2000 FrontierMEDEX has been under the direction of CEO and President Bruce Kirby, CPA, FLMI. Under his leadership, FrontierMEDEX is on target to more than quadruple its revenue by the end of 2008. Last year MEDEX's centralized 24/7 FrontierMEDEX Emergency Response Center handled nearly 30,000 cases in over 200 countries and had a 98% client retention rate.

For more information contact: Mike Roban of FrontierMEDEX at 410-453-6363 mroban@frontiermedex.com

MEDEX Global Group has been assisting travelers with medical and security emergencies for more than 30 years, providing international travel, security and medical support for corporations, government and humanitarian organizations, and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services include everything from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case monitoring, complex emergency evacuations and virtually every contingency in between. The FrontierMEDEX Emergency Response Center handles nearly 30,000 cases a year in over 200 countries.

ASI Group is a trusted name in global risk management services for corporations (including eight of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies), major international organizations and government agencies at home and abroad. Founded in 1989 in Houston, Texas, ASI Group employs intelligence analysts, security consultants, investigators, training specialists and a global agent network that helps clients mitigate and respond to the complex challenges of the 21st century.

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Increase in Travel to China Creating New Health and Security Risks

New China White Paper from FrontierMEDEX Offers Tips for Travelers

Baltimore, MD (April 23, 2008) — Infectious disease, poor sanitary conditions and substandard healthcare are among the serious medical concerns found in China, according to a new white paper recently released by FrontierMEDEX, a worldwide provider of international travel, security and medical insurance.

“This year, China expects 150 million foreign tourists, which is a 14 percent increase over 2007,” said Bruce Kirby, CEO of FrontierMEDEX. “This paper is intended to prepare the rapidly growing number of travelers for the unexpected by arming them with well-documented, critical health information.”

“What You Should Know Before Traveling Abroad: Health and Security Risks in China” captures the results from a series of 300-point, onsite evaluations of medical care and health facilities throughout China. To compile the evaluation, FrontierMEDEX experts examined a variety of factors including the country’s quality of healthcare, blood supply and disease risks. The full report is available for free download at www.medexassist.com/travelguides.

Overall, on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the lowest rating, FrontierMEDEX gave China a score of “4”. Training for doctors and nurses may not be up to international standards, and in rural areas of China, medical care is more rudimentary than in urban areas. Hospitals may not have modern equipment or even plumbing. In fact, only 28% of the population in rural China has access to adequate sanitation facilities.

The FrontierMEDEX report offers a number of health and medical-related tips for travelers:

  • In case of emergency in China, private clinics are recommended over public hospitals. Public hospitals are overcrowded, patients will likely wait hours and most often payment is expected in cash and prior to admission. Foreign health insurance plans are not accepted.
  • Ambulances are not reliable in an emergency. Private transportation, even in an emergency, is often the fastest alternative.
  • Blood supply in China is not safe. The AIDS virus is a significant concern in China and there is a risk of exposure to unsafe blood and blood products.
  • Six to eight weeks before leaving for China, visit a travel clinic to receive necessary vaccinations, including: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies and the flu vaccine.

Upon entering China, all visitors are required to complete a Health Declaration Form to notify authorities of any existing health conditions. Travelers with certain infectious diseases may not be permitted to enter the country.

Additional details and rankings are included as part of MEDEX 360°m Global Medical Monitor reports, a medical information service created in partnership with Harvard Medical International. It provides the most robust and comprehensive online medical resource available on China as well as 236 other countries and territories.

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX has been assisting travelers with medical and security emergencies for more than 30 years, providing international travel, security and medical support for corporations, government and humanitarian organizations, and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services include everything from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case monitoring, complex emergency evacuations and virtually every contingency in between. The FrontierMEDEX Emergency Response Center handles nearly 30,000 cases a year in over 200 countries. For more information, visit www.medexassist.com.

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FrontierMEDEX Hires Industry Veteran Mike Roban as Vice President of Sales

BALTIMORE, MD (April 14, 2008) – Mike Roban has been named Vice President of Sales of FrontierMEDEX, announced Bruce R. Kirby, president/CEO of the worldwide emergency assistance and insurance company. A respected veteran with more than 20 years of sales experience in health and travel assistance services, Roban will add further depth and expertise to the senior leadership team of FrontierMEDEX.

Prior to joining FrontierMEDEX, Roban was the senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Americas Region with International S.O.S. Inc. He has held key executive positions at Health Management Corporation (Wellpoint Inc.) and Matria Healthcare. Additionally, Roban has served in various leadership positions at Coca-Cola Company, where he headed several sales teams and programs.

“Mike Roban’s impressive level of sales expertise, background in international travel assistance, and commitment to quality service make him the ideal choice for MEDEX—particularly as we work to continue the double-digit growth momentum that we have experienced over the last six years,” said Kirby.

Roban is pioneering a new role at MEDEX, overseeing the expansion of international and domestic sales for corporate, scholastic and USAID clients.

“I believe in the quality products, level of service and competitive pricing that FrontierMEDEX offers it’s corporate, USAID and scholastic clients,” explained Roban. “I’m incredibly excited about products like MEDEX 360°m Global Medical Monitor and the depth of resources it provides our customers.”

In September, FrontierMEDEX and Harvard Medical International (HMI) launched MEDEX 360°m Global Medical Monitor, the most comprehensive health information website ever developed for international travelers.

About FrontierMEDEX

FrontierMEDEX has been assisting travelers with medical and security emergencies for more than 30 years, providing international travel, security and medical support for corporations, government and humanitarian organizations, and leisure travelers. FrontierMEDEX services include everything from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case monitoring, complex emergency evacuations and virtually every contingency in between. The FrontierMEDEX Emergency Response Center handles nearly 30,000 cases a year in over 200 countries. For more information, visit www.medexassist.com.

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MEDEX / Harvard Partnership Now Offers Affordable, New Intelligence to Individual Business & Leisure Travelers

MEDEX 360°m Collaboration with Harvard Medical International Provides Comprehensive and Vital Global Health Information

BALTIMORE, MD January 29, 2008 – FrontierMEDEX and Harvard Medical International have extended the reach of their groundbreaking MEDEX 360°m partnership with the launch today of a new version created specifically for individual business and leisure travelers.

Like the original MEDEX 360°m website recently introduced for corporate, scholastic and government clients, this individual-traveler edition of the MEDEX 360°m Global Medical Monitor provides vital and timely health risk and medical care information in an easy-to-read report format.

MEDEX 360°m Monitors cover 236 countries and territories with destination-specific information on diseases / health risks; immunization requirements / recommendations; the quality / availability of local care; health alerts / updates; travel health prevention / advice; and health risk ratings. The unique one-to-five rating system allows travelers to quickly see what the primary concerns are for each country – whether medical infrastructure, remoteness to quality care, or cultural barriers, such as language or local medical practices.

Priced at only $8.95 each, MEDEX 360°m Monitors are an easy add-on during the purchase of any individual emergency evacuation or international medical insurance plan; which are priced as low as $2.00 per day or less. The coverage and destination report combination are only available through the FrontierMEDEX website: www.medex360m.com.

MEDEX 360°m Monitors are delivered via a live web link that is active through the last day of their coverage period, so travelers can view their report upon purchase, before and during their trip. Travelers are encouraged revisit their reports to benefit from the up-to-date alerts maintained by FrontierMEDEX and Harvard Medical International.

About FrontierMEDEX

One of the world’s leading emergency medical and security assistance / international medical insurance companies, FrontierMEDEX provides 24/7/365 support for corporations, organizations and individual travelers. Their extensive services include everything from pre-trip intelligence and contingency planning to real-time medical case monitoring, complex emergency evacuations and virtually every contingency in between.

About Harvard Medical International

Harvard Medical International is a self-supporting, not-for-profit subsidiary of Harvard Medical School. HMI’s role is to extend internationally, the School's tradition of improving the quality of health care through excellence in clinical medicine, medical education, and biomedical research.

To view a sample MEDEX 360°m destination report visit www.medex360m.com.

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