Aetna Adds Loyola University Health System to Its Network

Mon Feb 4, 2013 1:21pm EST

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-- Contract Expands Chicagoland Network --
CHICAGO--(Business Wire)--
Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Loyola University Health System announced today that
Loyola will soon join Aetna`s network. 

As of March 1, Aetna`s members can receive services, at in-network rates, from
Loyola University Health System`s facilities and physicians. Approximately 500
primary care and specialist physicians will be added to the Aetna network. 

"This is exciting news for Aetna and our customers in Illinois," said Suzanne
Hall, VP of Aetna`s Great Lakes networks. "Adding Loyola to our network is part
of our strategy to grow our Chicago-area network and gives Aetna customers
access to one of the most recognized health systems in the state." 

Jay Sial, Loyola University Health System`s senior vice president and chief
financial officer, said improving access to care is at the core of Loyola's
mission. "Joining with Aetna will help us to extend care to the communities we
serve through our two hospitals and our suburban network of 28 primary and
specialty care facilities in Cook, DuPage, and Will counties," he said. 

Aetna provides health benefits to 436,000 members in the Chicago area.
Commercial insurance members have access to a network that includes 112
hospitals and more than 19,674 primary care and specialist physicians. 

Aetna also employs more than 400 people in the Chicago area. 

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies,
serving approximately 37.3 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 

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in
the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre
main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 28
primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The
medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the
Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center
campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a
Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald Children`s Hospital
of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin
Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine
and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the
LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness.
Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community
hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics,
the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic
Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie
G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Scot Roskelley, 312-928-3034

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