Aetna U.S. Healthcare(R) and Capital Health System Extend Relationship with New Long-Term Agreement

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Aetna U.S. Healthcare

    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Aetna U.S. Healthcare(R),
 one of the nation's largest health and related benefits companies, and Capital
 Health System (CHS), comprised of Capital Health System at Mercer and Capital
 Health System at Fuld, today announced that they have reached a new long-term
 agreement.  The agreement, effective April 15, 2001, extends Aetna U.S.
 Healthcare members' access to Capital Health System's comprehensive range of
 acute healthcare services.
     "We are proud to continue what has been a long-term positive relationship
 with Capital Health System," said Patrick Young, general manager of Aetna U.S.
 Healthcare's Southern New Jersey/Delaware market.  "This is one more example
 of our ability to work collaboratively with our community's healthcare
 providers to ensure our members' access to affordable, quality healthcare."
     "This comprehensive agreement is the result of a mutual commitment to
 collaborate for the benefit of Aetna U.S. Healthcare's members throughout our
 region.  It will serve to assure Capital Health System's continued growth and
 vitality as the leading community hospital system in Central New Jersey," said
 Al Maghazehe, Capital Health System's president and chief executive officer.
     Capital Health System, located in Trenton, New Jersey, operates two acute
 care hospitals, Fuld and Mercer.  The combined 589 bed hospital system
 operates centers of excellence in oncology, cardiology, and orthopedics, as
 well as being the region's only Level II Trauma Center and its only Regional
 Perinatal Center.
     Aetna, Inc. (NYSE:   AET) is the nation's leading provider of health care
 and related benefits, serving more than 19 million health care members,
 14 million dental members and nearly 12 million group insurance customers as
 of December 31, 2000.
 
 

SOURCE Aetna U.S. Healthcare
    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Aetna U.S. Healthcare(R),
 one of the nation's largest health and related benefits companies, and Capital
 Health System (CHS), comprised of Capital Health System at Mercer and Capital
 Health System at Fuld, today announced that they have reached a new long-term
 agreement.  The agreement, effective April 15, 2001, extends Aetna U.S.
 Healthcare members' access to Capital Health System's comprehensive range of
 acute healthcare services.
     "We are proud to continue what has been a long-term positive relationship
 with Capital Health System," said Patrick Young, general manager of Aetna U.S.
 Healthcare's Southern New Jersey/Delaware market.  "This is one more example
 of our ability to work collaboratively with our community's healthcare
 providers to ensure our members' access to affordable, quality healthcare."
     "This comprehensive agreement is the result of a mutual commitment to
 collaborate for the benefit of Aetna U.S. Healthcare's members throughout our
 region.  It will serve to assure Capital Health System's continued growth and
 vitality as the leading community hospital system in Central New Jersey," said
 Al Maghazehe, Capital Health System's president and chief executive officer.
     Capital Health System, located in Trenton, New Jersey, operates two acute
 care hospitals, Fuld and Mercer.  The combined 589 bed hospital system
 operates centers of excellence in oncology, cardiology, and orthopedics, as
 well as being the region's only Level II Trauma Center and its only Regional
 Perinatal Center.
     Aetna, Inc. (NYSE:   AET) is the nation's leading provider of health care
 and related benefits, serving more than 19 million health care members,
 14 million dental members and nearly 12 million group insurance customers as
 of December 31, 2000.
 
 SOURCE  Aetna U.S. Healthcare