OptumRx Announces Major Expansion in Oklahoma City
New Jobs For Pharmacists, Pharmacist Technicians and Customer Service Advocates who will serve millions of consumers from across the country
Oklahoma City facility brings UnitedHealth Group's presence in Oklahoma to more than 500 employees by end of 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OptumRx, a leading pharmacy benefits management (PBM) organization and one of the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYS: UNH) , announced an expansion in Oklahoma City, where employees will serve the health care needs of millions of Americans.
The announcement was made at a news conference today in Oklahoma City attended by U.S. Sen. James Inhofe and Stephen J. Hemsley, president and CEO of UnitedHealth Group.
"UnitedHealth Group strives to stay ahead of changing demands in the market for health care, so that we are always prepared to help people get the high-quality, affordable care they need," said Hemsley. "The new positions we are announcing today will help us quickly adapt to the changes in a more consumer-focused health marketplace."
"Oklahoma is among the states with the lowest unemployment rates, and I am confident that this is a result of the state's pro-business leadership and our hard-working Oklahomans," said Inhofe. "OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group's recent decision to expand their operation in the state is a strong sign that Oklahoma will continue to pave the way for industry as businesses relocate to and grow with the state of Oklahoma."
"I am pleased that Optum and UnitedHealth Group recognize Oklahoma's high-quality workforce and excellent business climate," said Gov. Mary Fallin. "The jobs UnitedHealth Group has created here over the past months shows that Oklahoma is a premier destination for the growth of innovative businesses such as Optum. I look forward to a long and successful partnership between Optum and Oklahoma."
The company will hire Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians (who must be licensed to work in Oklahoma), in addition to Customer Service Advocates and a variety of positions involving training and quality management. The company expects the facility to be fully staffed by the end of this year to help ensure OptumRx is prepared to serve UnitedHealthcare employer and individual health plan participants.
"OptumRx has experienced significant growth and is expanding in Oklahoma to support that growth," said Dirk McMahon, CEO, OptumRx. "Oklahoma's business-friendly environment and exceptional workforce make the state a natural partner for OptumRx in our efforts to make the health care system work better for everyone, and help Americans live healthier lives."
The Oklahoma City facility manages mail service order intake and customer service in support of OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group's pharmaceutical, insurance and health and wellness programs. From Jan. 1, 2012, through the end of this year, the company will have created more than 135 new jobs in Oklahoma City.
UnitedHealth Group currently serves the health care needs of more than 360,000 Oklahomans.
UnitedHealth Group supports the "100,000 Jobs Mission," a coalition of U.S. corporations sharing the goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. UnitedHealth Group will actively recruit military service members and veterans through targeted outreach and hiring and recruitment events.
OptumRx is currently the third-largest pharmacy benefits manager in the United States, with distinctive expertise and resources, and a proven track record that has led to significant growth with both external and internal customers. The company processes nearly 350 million adjusted retail, mail service and specialty drug prescriptions annually.
OptumRx is an innovative pharmacy benefit management organization managing the prescription drug benefits of commercial, Medicare and other governmental health plans, as well as those of employers and unions through a national network of 66,000 community pharmacies and state-of-the-art mail service pharmacies in California and Kansas, both of which have earned the prestigious Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites™ (VIPPS®) accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®. Visit www.optum.com for more information.
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. Optum is comprised of three companies - OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx - representing more than 35,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to deliver intelligent solutions that modernize the health system, improve overall population health and support Sustainable Health Communities. Optum serves the broad health care marketplace, including care providers, plan sponsors, government agencies, life sciences companies and consumers.
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