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Aetna Members Eligible For Care At Two San Diego Area Facilities

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Aetna announced today that it has reached agreement on a new contract with Prime Healthcare Services, returning 13 of the hospital company's medical centers to Aetna's Southern California network for the first time since 2007, including two in the San Diego area.

Effective May 1, Aetna members are able to receive care at in-network benefit levels from Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego and Paradise Valley Hospital, National City, along with:

-- Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Inglewood;

-- Chino Valley Medical Center, Chino;

-- Desert Valley Hospital, Victorville;

-- Encino Hospital Medical Center;

-- Garden Grove Hospital & Medical Center;

-- Huntington Beach Hospital;

-- La Palma Intercommunity Hospital;

-- Montclair Hospital Medical Center;

-- San Dimas Community Hospital;

-- Sherman Oaks Hospital; and

-- West Anaheim Medical Center.

Additionally, Aetna members in commercial plans can now receive care at the in-network level from the physicians at Desert Valley Medical Group, said Shawn Forrester, Aetna's network head for Southern California.

Aetna serves more than 1.1 members in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas, providing them with access to a combined contracted network of 191 Southern California hospitals and 30,600 primary care doctors and physician specialists.

Ontario-based Prime Healthcare Services is one of the largest hospital companies in the country. Through its subsidiaries, Prime Healthcare Services and the nonprofit Prime Healthcare Foundation have more than 20,000 employees and own and operate 23 acute-care hospitals, mostly in California as well as Kansas, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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