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Alvarado Hospital of San Diego and Health Net of California have signed a new agreement that provides Health Net members with access to health care at Alvarado Hospital.

The contract covers Health Net members with employer-sponsored, Individual & Family Plans, Medicare, Medi-Cal and Healthy Families coverage. Members have access to Alvarado’s wide range of medical services, including medical and nursing care, inpatient and outpatient surgeries, many specialty services such as bariatrics and skull base surgery, and complete orthopedics, emergency room care and diagnostic testing.

"Our agreement means San Diegans covered by Health Net health insurance may continue receiving the same quality care they have come to know and trust from Alvarado Hospital,” said Martha Smith, Health Net’s vice president of Health Plan Network Management.

"We have long-established relationships with Health Net members, and we have excellent physicians on our medical staff who have provided care to Health Net members for years,” said Harris Koenig, Alvarado Hospital chief executive officer. "We are excited to have the opportunity through this new agreement to continue caring for them.”

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About Alvarado Hospital

Alvarado Hospital is a 306-bed acute care hospital that also operates the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute, which serves patients with either inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation needs. Alvarado Hospital has more than 500 on-staff physicians, 1,100 employees and 400 volunteers who provide quality care to more than 3 million people in San Diego County and Imperial County. Alvarado Hospital’s programs include cardiac services, emergency medicine services, general surgical services, neuroscience, orthopedics, oncology, primary care, rehabilitation, sexual medicine, skull base surgery, stroke center, sleep center, surgical weight reduction and vascular services.

About Health Net

Health Net of California, Inc., a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), is one of the largest health plans in the state. Together withHealth Net Life Insurance Company, it servesnearly2.3 million members statewide,andcontracts with more than 56,000 physicians, 300-plus hospitals and nearly 5,000 pharmacies, giving its members greater choice and more convenient access to care. Its commercial HMO and POS lines of business and itsMedicare line of business have received the "excellent” accreditation status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and its Medicaid line of business has received the "Commendable” accreditation status.

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