Nashville may be the health care capital of the U.S., but Williamson County won out Friday as Aetna Health Insurance opened its new three-story space in Berry Farms.
Recently bought by CVS Health, Aetna employs about 84,000 insurance agents, and President of Aetna Medicare Chris Ciano now considers himself part of a health care company, not just an insurance firm.
“Our single focus is to help people on their path to better health,” he said. “What better way to do that by now being able to be in the communities like this and others across the country with other 10,000 CVS stores and 1,100 Minute Clinics and the evolution of what we’re calling ‘health hubs’?”
President and CEO of Aetna Senior Supplemental Insurance Ty Wooldridge welcomed Gov. Bill Lee to the stage, who commended businesses like Aetna for the value they bring to communities across Tennessee and throughout America.
“Government doesn’t create jobs. Government doesn’t create buildings. Government doesn’t create economic activity. It’s the people that do that,” he said.
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson also stood behind the mic to express their excitement for the growth and prosperity the company represents. Anderson, having a background in insurance himself, thanked the producers for their hard work.
Even Chief of Staff for Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Charles Flint, shared the senator’s best wishes.
Wooldridge also introduced one of his industry friends, Frank Reilly of First Jersey Insurance Agency, who shared personal stories about the importance of good health insurance. He said, two years ago, a doctor told him and his wife that he had cancer. He explained the diagnosis ushered in many difficult conversations at home about survival, treatments and pain.
“But the one conversation that never was (spoken) was any concern about the financial situation that I was facing because I had the proper insurance,” he said. “I never thought twice about what I had to do to stay healthy. That’s what we do. That’s what you do.”
With a few final words of gratitude, Wooldridge welcomed these speakers to join him behind the ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new building.
Getting choked up, he remembered something he heard in church that he related to the moment: “The pastor said, ‘Isn’t it amazing to be part of something special that isn’t all about you?’ And this is not all about me, for sure. It’s all about you.”
To learn more about Aetna, visit aetna.com.