|[December 19, 2012]
Cigna Foundation Gives $5,000 Grant to Phoenix's Meals While You Heal Program
PHOENIX --(Business Wire)--
Foundation made a recent $5,000 grant to the East
Valley Adult Resource's Meals While You Heal program, which helps
care for local seniors recently discharged from the hospital by
delivering meals to patients' homes. The grant will add 625 meals and 50
individuals to the program.
"We are proud of our recent contribution that will help provide good
nutrition to seniors in our community who are recovering from a stay at
the hospital," said Kristi Thomason, vice president of health plan
operations for Cigna Medicare Select. "The remarkable services East
Valley Adult Resources provides for the community fall right in line
with Cigna's mission to support members of the community in which we
live and serve."
"East Valley Adult Resources is very appreciative of the donation from
the Cigna Foundation supporting Meals While You Heal," said Dan Taylor,
CEO of East Valley Adult Resources. "This service provides emergency
meals to seniors recently discharged from the hospital. This critical
service reduces readmission rates and provides support for the recipient
to recover faster."
In addition to donating to the Meals While you Heal program, locally
Cigna is spearheading other initiatives to aid hospital recovery and
reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions for its Phoenix Medicare
customers. Cigna Medical Group (CMG), the group practice division of
Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, has launched the CustomCare After the
Hospital program, which dedicates a team of health care providers to
patients recently discharged from the hospital to help ease patients'
transition and ensure a healthy recovery.
In the program, a CMG patient meets with a dedicated team of health care
providers within days of being discharged from the hospital. A physician
revews prescriptions, provides education about the patient's medical
condition and answers any questions the patient may have. The ultimate
goal of the CustomCare After the Hospital program is to provide
post-hospital follow-up care to help patients achieve a healthy recovery
and avoid unnecessary health problems that could send them back to the
"We continue to innovate better ways of caring for our patients,
particularly as their needs become more complex over time," said Edward
Kim, president and general manager of Cigna Medical Group. "One of the
challenges of transitioning back to the home is healthy eating. Meals
While You Heal is invaluable in helping patients meet nutritional
requirements while they get back on their feet."
This recent grant from the Cigna Foundation is part of a larger
commitment that Cigna has made to the communities in which the company
serves its customers. Just this fall, Phoenix employees raised a record
breaking $40,000 and 4,000 pounds of non-perishable food items for their
annual food drive benefiting St.
Mary's Food Bank Alliance. Over the past five years, Cigna has given
back nearly $500,000 to charities in the Phoenix market.
About the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions
from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna
Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing
the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their
communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna
employees live and work.
About Cigna Medical Group
Cigna Medical Group (CMG), the group practice division of Cigna
HealthCare of Arizona, Inc. is an NCQA-recognized Patient-Centered
Medical Home and one of the Valley's largest multi-specialty group
practices with 23 health care centers and two convenience care clinics
located throughout metropolitan Phoenix. Each health care center is
equipped with several medical services under one roof, so additional
diagnostic needs such as lab work, imaging-even prescriptions-can be
quickly obtained. CMG is also the group medical practice for Cigna
HealthCare of Arizona's Medicare Advantage Plan, the highest-rated plan
in Arizona, with 4.5 out of 5 stars for 2013 by www.medicare.gov.
Plan performance summary star ratings are assessed each year and may
change from one year to the next. To learn more about Cigna Medical
Group, including a virtual tour and to follow us on Twitter (News - Alert), visit www.cignamedicalgroup.com.
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company
dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense
of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or
through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including
Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life
Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna
Life Insurance Company of New York. 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 30 countries and
jurisdictions, and has approximately 71 million customer relationships
throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to
follow us on Facebook (News - Alert) or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.
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