Aetna And Shawnee Mission Medical Center Sign Multi-year Contract Agreement

New contract provides member access to Shawnee Mission Medical Center facilities and physicians

KANSAS CITY, Kan.,April 28, 2008 — Aetna (NYSE: ΑET) and Shawnee Mission Medical Center announced today they have reached a new contract agreement for the hospital and its affiliated physician and outpatient facilities. Aetna members will be able to receive services on an in-network basis at Shawnee Mission Medical Center facilities effective May 1, 2008.

"We are pleased to be able to offer our members access to the health care services provided by Shawnee Mission Medical Center physicians and medical facilities," said Gary Hamm, network vice president for Aetna in Kansas. "The addition of Shawnee Mission Medical Center provides our members in the Kansas City area with greater choice and convenience."

The health care facilities and physicians included in the new contract agreement include: For a complete list of Shawnee Mission Medical Center programs and services, visit

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve our community members who are part of the Aetna network," said Samuel H. Turner, Sr., hospital President and CEO. "As Johnson County’s largest health care provider, Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s physicians, nurses and associates are eager to begin serving Aetna members with the same level of high-quality care our hospital is known for. We enjoy positive partnerships with all of our payers and I look forward to developing the same relationship with Aetna."

Aetna has approximately 4,968 physicians and 40 hospitals participating in its Kansas network, serving local membership of approximately 176,000.

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 and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates.

About Shawnee Mission Medical Center:
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) is a 383-bed facility with nearly 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 195,000 outpatient admissions annually. SMMC has the busiest emergency department in Johnson County, the area’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center, a nationally recognized Center for Women’s Health and delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. SMMC employs more than 2,700 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, the largest medical staff in Kansas City.

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