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UnitedHealth Group creates healthcare jobs in San Antonio

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

UnitedHealth Group, a health benefits and services company, said this week it is adding hundreds of healthcare jobs in San Antonio.

It is creating nearly 1,500 San Antonio jobs.

There will be 250 new jobs at UnitedHealth Group’s operations center in San Antonio. The company hired 260 people already in 2011.

There will be 1000 employees in the San Antonio facility by the end of the year.

Total the company will add 1,500 jobs around the state of Texas, and more San Antonio jobs.

Texas Governor Rick Perry and UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen J. Hemsley announced in a press conference that the company will create another 115 jobs in Harlingen being created by UnitedHealthcare and approximately 1,100 job openings in UnitedHealth Group’s Optum health services businesses — 800 jobs at Optum’s new Connextions facility in Irving and 330 jobs at OptumRx’s new pharmacy benefit management facility in Sugar Land.

The company has an employee base of 11,000 in Texas alone.

It serves more than 3.3 million people in the state with a health care network of nearly 500 hospitals and more than 36,800 physicians and other care professionals statewide.

“This is an employer that knows Texas and knows Texans,” Gov. Perry said. “They’ve witnessed first-hand what we have to offer, and as a result, they’re continuing to invest their future in the Lone Star State. This vote of confidence affirms our efforts to create a jobs-friendly climate that will attract and keep employers like UnitedHealth Group here in Texas.”

“UnitedHealthcare has been a strong supporter and business partner with the city of San Antonio for many years,” said Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio. “Their expansion will promote economic growth while helping to better serve residents’ health care service needs.”