Newsroom | 04 May 2020

Ascension Saint Thomas and Cigna Announce LocalPlus Agreement

    • Cigna LocalPlus customers gain in-network access to one of the region’s largest health systems

    Nashville – May 4, 2020– Ascension Saint Thomas and Cigna (NYSE: CI) today announced they have reached an agreement to provide Cigna's LocalPlus customers in Middle Tennessee with access to high value, high quality care at Ascension Saint Thomas facilities and affiliated physician practices. The new, multi-year agreement takes effect on June 1 and will benefit Cigna customers who have a LocalPlus plan.

    Since 2017, Ascension Saint Thomas has been part of Cigna Collaborative Care®, the company’s approach to achieving the same population health goals as accountable care organizations (ACOs): better health, affordability, and patient experience. With this LocalPlus agreement, Ascension Saint Thomas will play a key role in delivering increased value to Cigna customers and employer clients. Ascension Saint Thomas joins existing hospitals in the LocalPlus network, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Williamson Medical Center, Tennova Healthcare Clarksville, Maury Regional Hospital and Vanderbilt Wilson County.

    “We are proud to build on our relationship with Ascension Saint Thomas to provide our LocalPlus customers with more affordable health care,” said Greg Allen, MidSouth market president for Cigna. “Together, we will continue to work toward our shared mission of improving the health of the Middle Tennessee community.”

    Ascension Saint Thomas comprises nine acute care facilities, one of the region’s largest medical groups and a vast network of affiliated joint ventures and health and wellness partnerships. Saint Thomas Medical Partners includes over 100 locations and more than 500 physicians and advanced practice providers throughout Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. Primary service offerings include cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, general surgery, neurology, primary care and ExpressCare.

    “Ascension Saint Thomas is committed to expanding access to care for the communities we are so privileged to serve,” said Tim Adams, president & CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas. “We look forward to working with Cigna in this new way to serve as a high quality, high value health system for their customers.”

    About Cigna
    Cigna Corporation is a global health service company dedicated to improving the health, well-being and peace of mind of those we serve. Cigna delivers choice, predictability, affordability and access to quality care through integrated capabilities and connected, personalized solutions that advance whole person health. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York, Express Scripts companies or their affiliates, and Life Insurance Company of North America. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in over 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 170 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

    About Ascension Saint Thomas
    In Tennessee, Ascension Saint Thomas operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension Saint Thomas provided more than $137 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2019. Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.Ascension.org.

    Media Contacts
    Holly Fussell
    1 (423) 304-9128
    holly.fussell@cigna.com

    Michelle Heard
    1 (703) 819-8883
    michelle.heard@ascension.org