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How Aetna is building a healthier world

Apr 13 2015
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You would not expect a 100-year-old man with multiple health conditions to suddenly stop seeing his doctors. But that’s what Patricia Smith, a nurse with Aetna’s Physicians Outreach team, found while visiting a doctor’s office one day in 2014. This compelling story is one of several featured in Aetna’s new Annual Report.

No one can tell a company’s story better than the people who bring it to life every day. Aetna’s new Annual Report features videos and short stories of real people and the Aetna employees who have helped them. A series of infographics and short reports highlight the company’s 2014 achievements and explain the breadth and impact of Aetna’s products and services, while other content covers how Aetna is helping to shape the future of health care.AetnaStory2014_posterimage

In the opening video, Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini joins other employees sharing Aetna’s philosophy, “Our core values guide us to make a difference in your world and throughout the world we reach. I couldn’t be any more proud of the work our people do. Investing in our employees and their success is a cornerstone for building a healthier world.”

Bertolini was recently named one of the “World’s Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine as one of those “singular leaders with vision who moved others to act as well, and who brought their followers with them on a shared quest.” Fortune cited Bertolini’s “bold move” to increase Aetna’s minimum wage and upgrade health benefits for lower-income employees.

In his letter to Aetna shareholders, Bertolini writes, “It is important that as our economy recovers, Aetna leans into the recovery and ensures that our colleagues who are vital to our success benefit, and have a greater ability to contribute to their communities.” (You can learn more about Aetna’s wage announcement here.)

The Annual Report is divided into four sections, each one focusing on a different aspect of Aetna’s work:

Stocksy_txp3cd149bdkHE000_Medium_WEB314811Building healthier lives

Building healthier communities

Building a healthier nation

Building a healthier world


A number of videos capture Aetna’s efforts at the local, national and global level. See the links and descriptions below for more information:

Building a healthier world….every day: Aetna Story 2015 Employees are the cornerstone of our efforts to build a healthier world. Learn about Aetna employees who are making a difference one person at a time across the nation and globe.

Building healthier communities: Voices of Health Our Voices of Health competition recognizes community agencies working to encourage racial and ethnic equality in health care.

Building healthier communities: The 11 initiative In 2014 we launched an initiative to help consumers see that every cigarette not smoked could gain them 11 meaningful minutes. Watch the amazing results.

Building healthier lives: Kristin Szetela Learn how we help build healthier lives as we help an Aetna member overcome his cancer and return to the gym.

Building healthier lives: Emmye Bermani Learn how we help build healthier lives as we help an Aetna member lose 100 pounds and become more active.

Building a health nation: Accountable care in action Learn how the new accountable care approach is helping to build a healthier nation as health care professionals and insurers work together to focus on health outcomes.

Building a healthier world: Aetna International 2015 Learn how Aetna International helps build a healthier world by anticipating and meeting the health care needs of clients with employees across the globe.

Aetna at a glance:

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46 million people with information and resources to help them make better decisions about their health care.