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Acusis Contributes $100,000 to Propel Schools for Future Expansion throughout Western Pennsylvania


PITTSBURGH, PA – 15 April 2004 – Acusis® LLC, a leading provider of medical transcription services, based in Pittsburgh, has contributed $100,000 to Propel Schools, a non-profit organization that is opening seven elementary charter schools throughout Western Pennsylvania. The contribution will be used to fund Propel’s growth plans.

Propel, headquartered on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, opened its flagship charter school in Homestead, Allegheny County, in September 2003. That school currently serves 180 children in grades K-4 and will eventually serve 360 children in grades K-8. It is currently located in temporary quarters on the grounds of the former Homestead Hospital. Students will move to Propel-Homestead’s permanent site, the former St. Mary Magdalene School on East Tenth Avenue in Homestead, this fall following more than $3 million in renovations and upgrades to the facility. The opening of two additional charter schools in McKeesport and Robinson Township are targeted for September 2004 and September 2005, respectively. Four other charter schools are being planned in locations in Western Pennsylvania yet to be announced. All of the Propel schools will eventually serve grades K-8, with each school capping enrollment at 360 students.

Acusis has developed a cost-effective medical transcription solution that integrates seamlessly with any client’s current medical records system. AcuSuite®, Acusis’ proprietary software solution, provides a secure method for the management of the entire medical transcription process from dictation capture to the delivery of final electronic reports. Careful attention to Quality Control and Quality Assurance issues allows the Company to support a 98% accuracy in a 24 hour or less turnaround period. The Company is accustomed to partnering and working with world class companies for technological excellence and cutting edge systems security for data encryption, virtual private network safeguards, multiple firewall layers, intrusion detection systems and disaster recovery redundancies. The Company also contributes heavily to local organizations and charities, including the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, The Pittsburgh Symphony and Children’s Hospital, to name a few. Propel’s initiatives fit with the Company’s desire to elevate local schools and the community, in general.

According to Bill Benter, Chairman of Acusis, "The people at Propel are highly motivated individuals who believe in the potential of Pittsburgh's young people. Their conscientious efforts and unflagging energy are an inspiration to all education professionals. As a Pittsburgh employer, Acusis applauds their efforts."

David Iwinski, CEO of Acusis reflects his sentiments, saying, “Acusis is committed to giving back to our community. It is encouraging to see an organization so committed to growing the community and the tremendous resources that we have here.?

�“This gift is another sign of the growing support for Propel and its work,? said Jeremy Resnick, executive director and founder of Propel Schools. �“We are thrilled to have a partner that recognizes the need for new public schools and the new dynamics they bring to public education.?

�“This gift from Acusis puts new energy behind Propel’s effort to mobilize leadership in the business community to support an agenda of choice in public education,? added Tom Joseph, president of Propel Schools�’ board of trustees and president of Pittsburgh-based Bookminders, Inc. “As a region, we need to do a better job of creating a workforce that is competitive both nationally and globally.?

Acusis will make the contribution at an event held at the flagship school in Homestead on 15 April, 2004. State Representative Dwight Evans, D �– Philadelphia, will be in attendance to speak to the idea of encouraging other companies to make such contributions. Evans is the Democratic Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a staunch supporter of giving Pennsylvania residents more choices in public education. All involved are looking forward to a performance and presentation by a group of children from Propel-Homestead, who will be demonstrating what they have learned in one of the school’s enrichment programs.



About Acusis®

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Acusis provides cost-effective, accurate outsourced medical transcription services to clinics, hospitals and large physician practices throughout the United States. Through its proprietary software, AcuSuite®, Acusis uses a secure method to manage the entire transcription process from capturing dictations to delivering electronic reports. Acusis delivers 98 percent accurate reports within a tailored 24-hour or less turnaround. With a global team of more than 500 associates throughout the U.S. and India, Acusis provides world-class quality, service and highly competitive prices. For more information on Acusis, visit or contact us at or 866.837.6158.