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ARTICLE UnitedHealthcare to Hire 200 Employees at its Kingston Operations Center in 2012

KINGSTON, N.Y. (Jan. 5, 2012) - UnitedHealthcare will hire 200 employees at its Kingston operations center by the end of 2012, with 75 of those openings to be filled in the first three months of the year.

The increase in the workforce follows nearly 180 new hires in 2011, bringing the total to more than 900 employees at this facility by the end of this year. UnitedHealthcare is one of the region's largest employers.

 

"Our employees play a critical role in providing a positive health care experience to UnitedHealthcare employer and individual plan participants throughout New York State and across the country," said Bill Golden, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of New York. "UnitedHealthcare is committed to the Kingston market as an employer and business partner, and we welcome the opportunity to become more engaged in the growth of the Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain region."

 

People with health care or customer service experience are encouraged to apply for positions in customer service, claims processing and case management. To learn more about available positions, visit careers.unitedhealthgroup.com.

 

UnitedHealthcare established the Kingston operations center in 1995 to enhance customer support for UnitedHealthcare employer and individual plan participants throughout New York State and across the country. Kingston employees answer plan customers' calls, process claims and provide clinical case management.

 

"We are excited about our continued growth in the community and appreciate our business partners' and employees' help in filling these critical positions," said Eileen Liverani, UnitedHealthcare's site director for the facility. "We renovated our 505 Boices Lane facility to prepare for this significant increase in staff and look forward to welcoming more employees into the UnitedHealthcare family in the coming months."

 

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves more than 3.6 million New York residents with a health care network of 203 hospitals and more than 43,000 physicians and other care professionals statewide.

 

Comments on Job Growth at UnitedHealthcare's Kingston Facility from Elected Officials
Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, speaking at the Kingston facility, said: "UnitedHealthcare is an industry leader in demonstrating that New York is a good place to add jobs and grow business. The Cuomo Administration is gratified that the company is adding these new jobs to enhance its already strong presence throughout New York. Through the Department of Financial Services and its Jobs Initiative, the Cuomo Administration will work with other financial services companies to encourage them to follow in UnitedHealthcare's footsteps and bring more jobs to New York, both upstate and downstate."

 

"These new jobs are a vote of confidence in Ulster County and its world-class workforce and will further cement the Hudson Valley's place as a leader in the health care industry. Kingston has been great for UnitedHealthcare, and this expansion is proof positive that the company is here to stay and will continue to pump energy into the Hudson Valley economy. I'm grateful that UnitedHealthcare has placed its trust in New York, and am confident they'll be thrilled with their decision," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.

 

"It is great news that UnitedHealthcare is creating 200 new jobs right here in Ulster County," said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "UnitedHealthcare's expansion will promote economic growth in the Hudson Valley and while helping to better serve residents' health care inquires and concerns."

 

"It is exciting news that 200 new jobs will soon be available for residents of the Hudson Valley," said U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey. "While unemployment continues to fall, there are still far too many who are still struggling to find work in this tough economy. I'm going to continue fighting for a comprehensive jobs plan in Washington so that we can return to sustained economic growth in our region and throughout the country."

 

"I congratulate UnitedHealthcare on its decision to expand in Ulster County. I am sure the competent workforce in the Hudson Valley will continue to impress the company," said State Senator John Bonacic.

 

"I applaud UnitedHealthcare for showing their commitment to our community by adding 200 more jobs in Kingston, further proving why they are one of the most valued employers in the Hudson Valley," said State Senator Bill Larkin.

 

"UnitedHealthcare has long been one of the premier employers in our area and its decision to continue to bring new jobs here demonstrates the value its sees in the readiness, talent and depth of our local workforce. The 200 new jobs announced today combined with the more than 100 employees added to the payroll last year is great news for our communities and the regional economy," said Assemblymember Kevin Cahill.

 

"I am pleased that UnitedHealthcare has chosen to expand operations in Ulster County. We welcome the company's investment. These 200 new jobs will in turn create other jobs and grow the Ulster County economy. Our talented and dedicated local workforce will continue to strive to make UnitedHealthcare successful," said Mike Hein, Ulster County Executive.

 

"Two hundred new jobs is welcome news by UnitedHealthcare for Ulster County. This is the start of a tremendous 2012 and we hope to encourage other existing companies, like UnitedHealthcare, who are so important to our community, to stay and grow in Ulster County. Congratulations to UnitedHealthcare on their decision to expand in Ulster," said Ulster County Legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo.

 

"I am very pleased that UnitedHealthcare is adding 200 new jobs in Kingston," Mayor Shayne Gallo said. "Economic growth has to be regional and the good news for Kingston is good news for our entire region. As one of our largest job providers, I am grateful to UnitedHealthcare for their continued commitment to our community."

 

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.