NU Online News Service, April 6, 3:16 p.m. EDT

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Avizent, a Columbus, Ohio-based claims and risk managementprovider, announced the opening of a new regional office in Albany,N.Y. today.

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The firm said the facility at 125 Wolf Road is its40th regional office and it will offer a full array ofworkers' compensation claims management services to businesses andorganizations in New York and New Jersey.

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Lori Daugherty, president and CEO of Avizent, said, "Despite theeconomy, our industry-leading experience, array of services andcommitment to our clients has helped our company to continue tothrive."

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New York and New Jersey, said Ms. Daugherty, represent some ofthe company's fastest growing regions. "We are pleased to open anew location that will help us to better meet the needs of ourclients, brokers and carriers in this area."

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Avizent explained that the new office will handle claims in theNortheast. Previous claims were handled out of the company'sWoodbridge, N.J. office.

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The firm said it works with some of the region's largestemployers providing workers' comp and medical managed care servicesto insured and self-insured companies.

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Steve Elgin, vice president of eastern operations at Avizent,said, "While there are many issues to address in this economy,saving money is really the key challenge for businesses in thisregion. They are looking to us to come up with ways to controlcosts on claims, so that more money can go to their bottomline."

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