exchange network includes all of Connecticut’s hospitals
HARTFORD & WALLINGFORD, CT – (September 25, 2014) – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue
Shield and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced today they have
reached an agreement and Saint Francis has joined Anthem’s exchange network
starting October 1. The addition of Saint Francis to Anthem’s exchange
network provides Anthem’s exchange members more options and additional access
to in-network providers in the greater Hartford area.
Under the new contract, as of October 1, Anthem’s exchange members will be able
to receive care from Saint Francis and its clinical partners at an in-network
level of benefits. Individuals who are
enrolled in Anthem’s other commercial plans already have in-network access to Saint
Francis Care and its affiliated entities.
Saint Francis’ clinical partners include
Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, Collaborative Laboratory Services, and
Saint Francis Behavioral Health Group.
“The expanded relationship between
Anthem and Saint Francis is very good news for our physicians and our
patients,” said Christopher Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer at
Saint Francis. “This is an important step forward for Saint Francis to become
part of Anthem’s in-network option and offers Anthem’s exchange members the
ability to receive the exceptional medical care and breadth of clinical
services that are uniquely offered at our hospital at an in-network level of
“Saint Francis is an important provider of health care services so we are
incredibly excited that, through our newly expanded relationship, Anthem's exchange
members can now receive services from Saint Francis and its affiliated
providers at their highest benefit level,” said Jill Hummel, president, Anthem
Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “I am very pleased that with the addition of Saint
Francis, Anthem exchange members now have another in-network hospital option in
the Hartford area.”
Anthem serves more than 1.3 million people in Connecticut with a network of 28
hospitals. More than 60% of exchange customers chose Anthem as their
carrier of choice.
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is an independent medical center with
more than 900 physicians and medical professionals and more than 5,000 employees.
It provides advanced care in a wide range of medical specialties and has been
recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for bariatric
surgery and a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care, knee and hip
replacement, and spine surgery.
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About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care
is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis
Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut
since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major
teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care
include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint
Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut,
the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew
J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience
Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare
Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson
Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health
Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.
Saint Francis Care’s services are
supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional
medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more information,