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Ontario, Calif., Dec. 30, 2013 – Prime Healthcare is pleased to announce that it has expanded its contractual agreements with Anthem Blue Cross, which now includes 11 Prime Healthcare hospitals in its coverage.

Anthem Blue Cross members will be able to receive care at in-network benefit levels from Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego, Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Encino Hospital Medical Center in Encino, Garden Grove Medical Center in Garden Grove, Huntington Beach Hospital in Huntington Beach, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital in La Palma, Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, San Dimas Community Hospital in San Dimas, Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks and West Anaheim Medical Center in Anaheim.

This agreement gives Anthem Blue Cross’s insured commercial and Medicare members access to 11 of Prime Healthcare’s hospitals. Additionally, members enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross through the Covered California health insurance exchange will have access to 11 of Prime Healthcare’s Southern California Hospitals.

Prime Healthcare has been recognized as one of the Top 15 Health systems in the Nation three times, in 2009, 2012 and 2013, based on the high quality of patient care by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). Additionally, six of the included hospitals were recognized as Top 100 Hospitals in the nation by Truven in 2013. Prime Healthcare hospitals have been recognized as top 100 hospitals in the nation 21 times.

“Expanding Prime Healthcare’s partnership with Anthem Blue Cross allows us to strengthen our relationships with managed care health plans and provide affordable healthcare to a greater portion of California,” said Prem Reddy, M.D., FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. “Anthem provides health benefits in many of the communities that Prime Healthcare hospitals serve.”