Aetna Announces $500,000 Grant To UC Davis Children's Hospital

Grant to support expansion of pediatric ICU and telemedicine program; improve access to quality care for Northern California members

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.,January 10, 2008 — Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced the donation of $500,000 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to expand its pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and telemedicine capabilities throughout Northern California.

"Aetna shares the UC Davis Children’s Hospital goal of improving the health of the communities we serve," said Gerald Bishop, M.D., Aetna senior medical director for the Central Valley. "We’re proud to support UC Davis’ passion for excellence and this expansion of their pediatric intensive care unit, which will ensure that our members throughout Northern California have even better access to high quality care.

"The enhanced ability for UC Davis Children’s Hospital to provide telemedicine consultations throughout the Northern California region will have a tremendous positive impact far beyond the Sacramento area, and we are pleased to be able to support their efforts," he said.

"Aetna’s support of our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit expansion and our telemedicine program is critical to helping us care for more of our region’s most seriously ill and injured children and to sharing our specialty expertise with hospitals throughout the region," said Anthony Philipps, medical director of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital PICU treats children with serious injuries, respiratory failure, heart conditions and other life-threatening illnesses. The PICU’s survival rates are among the highest in the nation, the planned expansion increases the number of patients the unit can serve at any one time from 16 to 24.

UC Davis is also a national leader in health and technology. Through the use of enhanced video and Internet capabilities, the hospital’s telemedicine program connects the specialists of UC Davis with health-care facilities that do not have access to a full-range of pediatric services. The pediatric critical-care telemedicine program is the first of its kind in the country, providing expert and immediate assistance to acutely ill and injured children in locations far from Sacramento.

About UC Davis Children’s Hospital
UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the region’s only comprehensive hospital for children, providing a complete range of clinical services and groundbreaking research on some of today’s most pressing pediatric health concerns. Particular areas of expertise are emergency and critical care, pulmonary care, neurodevelopment, endocrinology, neonatal care, oncology and cardiology. For more information, visit

About Aetna
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