updated 11/10/2010 9:16:30 AM ET 2010-11-10T14:16:30

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), one of the largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee benefits, today announced a new agreement with Willamette Dental that expands its dental preferred provider organization (PPO) network in the Pacific Northwest.

Willamette Dental is one of the largest multi-specialty group dental practices in the Northwest and operates more than 55 dental office locations throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho serving more than 300,000 patients. The new agreement expands Guardian's dental PPO network by 10% in the region.

"By joining Guardian's industry-leading dental network we will be able to better meet the needs of our patients while also further expanding our practice through Guardian's referral program," said Randy Cline, Chief Marketing Officer, Willamette Dental.

This latest partnership in the region adds to Guardian's already strong dental network. With more than 70,000 dentists, Guardian boasts one of the largest dental networks in the country.

"Our agreement with Willamette demonstrates Guardian's commitment to adding real value to our customers' dental plans," said Chris Swanker, Vice President, Guardian Group Dental. "A strong network is what differentiates a quality dental plan, and good dental coverage is defined by the availability of network dentists. This alliance with Willamette Dental will help us offer more options and savings to our customers in the Pacific Northwest."

About Guardian

A mutual insurer founded in 1860, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and its subsidiaries are committed to protecting individuals, business owners and their employees with life, long-term care, disability income, group medical and dental insurance products, and offer 401(k), annuities and other financial products. Guardian operates one of the largest dental networks in the United States, and protects more than six million employees and their families at 120,000 companies. The company has more than 5,400 employees in the United States and a network of over 3,000 financial representatives in more than 80 agencies nationwide.

For more information about Guardian, please visit: www.GuardianLife.com . For Guardian's new online resource center for employee benefits, please visit: aboutemployeebenefits.com.

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