Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Memorial Hospital of Union County are pleased to announce a new three-year agreement that keeps the hospital and its urgent care center in Aetna’s provider network.

Memorial Hospital of Union County and Aetna have agreed to all major terms relative to an agreement that will allow the local, independent, community hospital and its urgent care to remain in-network with the pending execution of a three-year contract. All that is left are signatures on the final document.

The Memorial Meals program at Memorial Hospital of Union County was recently announced as an official nominee for the 2010 Hospital Charitable Service Awards by Jackson Healthcare.

The Hospital Charitable Service Awards seek to find, reward and share stories of hospitals that consistently push beyond their core mission of providing essential healthcare services and generously give back to the communities they serve. Hospital programs applied based upon five criteria areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and best practice.

Memorial Hospital of Union County and Aetna have agreed to a contract extension that will allow the local, independent, community hospital and its urgent care to remain in-network.

The parties have agreed to continue to work together to find common ground for the benefit of those in the community. Memorial Hospital President/CEO Chip Hubbs says, “Our belief is that in the coming days and weeks we will be able to announce a permanent agreement that will provide final resolution to this matter. In the meantime, Memorial and its Urgent Care will remain in-network, providing local access to Aetna enrollees.”

In loving memory of her husband, Joann Spence of North Lewisburg generously donated a Vanguard speech generating alternative augmentative communication device (AAC) to the Speech and Hearing Department at Memorial Hospital of Union County.

Memorial Hospital of Union County sponsored its sixth annual Holiday Card Contest for local students. The contest is for the design of the hospital’s holiday card which is sent to physicians, donors, and other members of the community.

This year’s contest was open to the fourth and fifth grade students at Trinity Lutheran School. One winner was selected by the hospital’s Board of Trustees, Medical Staff Officers and Senior Leadership Team. This year’s winner is fifth grader, Katie Weller. For her artistic talents, she received a $100 savings bond and a Toys ‘R’ Us gift certificate.

The staff at Memorial Hospital of Union County have gone pink this October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the entire month, all clinical team members will be wearing pink gloves as a visual reminder of the importance of the topic.

Memorial Hospital of Union County is pleased to announce the hiring of Danielle DeLuca, M.A., SLP-CF as Site Coordinator of Speech Pathology.

DeLuca comes to Memorial Hospital after earning both her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Sciences and master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ohio University. While in graduate school, she completed an assistantship in the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab. Additionally, DeLuca is the co-author of a research article published in the Journal of Computing Higher Education in August 2010.

The Laboratory at Memorial Hospital of Union County has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

The laboratory’s medical director, Daniela M. Proca, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Memorial’s Lab is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

This September Memorial Hospital of Union County will be expanding its Mobile Meals program. Currently delivering hot lunches five days a week to participating seniors, the program will grow to include two additional lunches; one for each day of the weekend.

The current Mobile Meals program is carried out by 125 volunteers hand-delivering hot, nutritious lunches to participants on weekdays. Participants of the new weekend meals program can expect to receive two frozen meals with the delivery of a hot lunch later in the week. Once delivered, participants can easily prepare the meals in the microwave or oven to be consumed as a hot lunch on each day of the weekend.

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