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Aetna Adds Memorial Hermann to Network of Medicare Advantage Hospitals in Houston

Friday, August 03, 2012

Aetna Adds Memorial Hermann to Network of Medicare Advantage Hospitals in Houston15:40 EDT Friday, August 03, 2012 HOUSTON (Business Wire) -- Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today that Memorial Hermann has been added to its network of participating hospitals for Medicare Advantage members. Memorial Hermann, which has been part of Aetna's commercial network for more than 20 years, agreed to a contract for Aetna Medicare Advantage members. Members of Aetna Medicare Advantage plans can receive care at in-network rates from all Memorial Hermann facilities, which includes 12 hospitals. “Aetna is very pleased to announce this collaboration with Memorial Hermann,” said Barb Wilkinson, head of Aetna's Medicare Advantage operation for Texas. “We are proud to offer our customers broad access to high quality hospitals and providers in Texas. This agreement now expands that access for our Medicare Advantage members in the Houston area.” “Memorial Hermann is pleased to join with Aetna Medicare to offer Medicare Advantage beneficiaries expanded access to our facilities which allows us the opportunity to broaden our mission of providing high quality health services to advance the health of people in southeast Texas,” said Jeff Brownawell, Memorial Hermann's chief revenue officer. Aetna provides Medicare Advantage plans to approximately 9,200 beneficiaries in the state. About Memorial Hermann An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann's 12 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including a level I trauma center, a hospital for children and a rehabilitation hospital, eight suburban hospitals, and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institute locations, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, an air ambulance, cancer, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. To learn more, visit About Aetna Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see AetnaAnjie Coplin,