Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company, has signed a new four-year contract for Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) with Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital dba Valley Preferred.

Under this contract, the Pennsylvania-based Lehigh Valley Hospital facilities in Allentown and Bethlehem will continue to provide covered benefits, at in-network rates, to Aetna members in the Lehigh Valley area.

In addition, the members also will have access to over 500 members of the Lehigh Valley Physician Group.

Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital executive director Jack Lenhart said we are encouraged by a shared interest to grow membership in a manner that strengthens the relationship and enhances the value of improving outcomes and the health status of the population we serve.

Aetna provides health benefits to more than 1 million people in Pennsylvania. In Southeast Pennsylvania, members have access to a network that includes 67 contracted hospitals and more than 18,000 primary care physicians and specialists.