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Group Health Cooperative and CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.Receive Outsourcing Excellence Award

April 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Apr 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that the Outsourcing Center, a highly regarded source of information about outsourcing, has selected Group Health Cooperative (GHC) and CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) to receive a 2010 Outsourcing Excellence Award.

These awards, now in their 14th year, annually recognize the world's best outsourcing collaborations across all industries. These collaborations demonstrate best practices, create and sustain competitive advantage, provide business transformation, achieve value, and benefit both buyer and service provider.

CBRE was the only commercial real estate services provider among the seven client/provider collaborations recognized by the Outsourcing Center this year. Other winners were Talecris Biotherapeutics/Siemens IT Solutions and Services; BP/IBM; PNC Bank/Océ Business Services; Centegra Health Systems/Dell Services; Grupo Posadas/Oracle On Demand; and Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services/ACS, a Xerox Company.

The GHC/CBRE nomination received the "Most Flexible" Award. GHC and CBRE were honored for establishing a successful full-service outsourcing partnership that delivers exceptional value for the full spectrum of healthcare service requirements, and for continuously improving upon the model over the course of a 12 year relationship. At the time the GHC/CBRE collaboration was established there was limited outsourcing of business functions in healthcare. The outsourcing initiative created an innovative and flexible system that enabled GHC, with more than 3 million sq. ft. of facilities in almost 50 locations, to focus on delivering healthcare, not managing real estate.

"This award is recognition of the value that has been created for patients as Group Health continued to focus on delivering high quality coverage and care and our CBRE colleagues provided the expertise to optimize the physical environment," said Bill Biggs, Executive Director of Administrative Services at Group Health. "Healthcare faces enormous challenges and the fresh business model CBRE and Group Health have evolved, and continuously improve, can be part of the solution. The capability to nimbly and effectively respond to today's fast changing environment is essential."

"This award is testament to the hard work and innovative collaboration by a great team of first rate professionals at GHC and CBRE," said Bill Concannon, President, Global Corporate Services, CB Richard Ellis. "This honor underscores the powerful practice CBRE has built in healthcare, which combines specific health sector expertise with the industry's most comprehensive real estate services platform."

Group Health Cooperative

Marking its 63rd year, Group Health Cooperative is an innovative, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that integrates care and coverage. Along with its subsidiary carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, Group Health works to improve the health of more than 602,000 plan members in Washington and Idaho. Group Health Cooperative is ranked "Highest in Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Northwest Region" by J.D. Power and Associates.

More than 9,000 staff employed by Group Health and Group Health Permanente, its contracted, multispecialty group practice, provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to members and the broader community through medical centers, a charitable foundation, and a nationally recognized research center.

About CB Richard Ellis

CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world's largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2009 revenue). The Company has approximately 29,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CB Richard Ellis offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. CB Richard Ellis has been named a BusinessWeek 50 "best in class" company for three years in a row. Please visit our Web site at

SOURCE: CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.

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