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CIGNA Signs New Agreement with UHCS May 9, 2008

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More In-Network Options for CIGNA HealthCare of Georgia Members
CIGNA Signs New Agreement with University Health Care System

Augusta, Ga. – April 28, 2008 – CIGNA HealthCare, University Health Care System and University Physicians Associates, P.C. announced today that they have entered agreements creating in-network access for CIGNA members to University Health Care facilities. The agreement, effective May 1, offers treatment options for CIGNA members to University providers across the Central Savannah River area, including the 581-bed not-for-profit, acute-care University Hospital.

“CIGNA continues to be aggressive in our build-out of select network resources across the state of Georgia,” said Scott Evelyn, president, CIGNA HealthCare of Georgia. “It is important for us to provide not only a wide array of health care options to our members, but also reputable, consistent and quality facilities. University fits all of the above.”

University Hospital is the cornerstone of a comprehensive health care system that provides skilled care through comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, home health services and prompt care facilities.

“We are pleased to be able to extend our health services to an even broader audience through our new partnership with CIGNA,” said Doug Wilson, president/CEO of University Health Link, the physician-hospital partnership owned by University Health Care and University Physicians Associates, P.C. “Ultimately, University Health Care, University Physicians Associates, P.C. and CIGNA share a mission to improve health care in the Augusta community and beyond. By working together we can strive to make that happen.”

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University Health Care System in Augusta, Ga., is a multifaceted health system offering a comprehensive and integrated range of services to people living throughout a 25-county region in Georgia and South Carolina. University Hospital serves an average of 22,000 inpatients and nearly 300,000 outpatients each year. University leads the region in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and is noted as a leader in obstetrical and gynecological care for women. University has been the Consumer’s Choice in the Augusta metropolitan statistical area for nine consecutive years for overall quality and image, and is the only hospital in Augusta to have earned the Magnet designation for excellence in nursing.

University Physicians Associates, P.C., is an independent practice association dedicated to improving the health status of the community through a collective pursuit of excellence while ensuring clinical autonomy for its physicians. UPA is owned by its 440 physician shareholders, with 123 primary care and 317 specialists covering nearly all medical and surgical specialties.

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