At the front of our Investor Conference book is a page on our mission and culture. It is first because everything we do follows that mission. It is our social purpose, our societal promise and what aligns the restless spirit and abilities of our team of nearly 300,000 people to the opportunities offered by the global health care markets, powering exceptional returns on two dimensions – for society and for you, our shareholders.
We are grateful for the capital markets’ support in building a responsible enterprise with the information, technology and health care capabilities to serve 140 million people in 130 countries. Looking forward, we will continue to invest in our businesses and team, with the aim of serving more people and society more effectively and sustainably, creating fair and reliable returns for our capital partners in the debt and equity markets.
We hope to give you a further sense of our growing ambitions today. You will read and hear us on common themes of working to reduce the total cost of health care, advance health care quality and outcomes and improve the health care experience for everyone. We are bringing new thinking, new technologies and new products to better integrate clinical information and service; to improve engagement with physicians, patients and consumers; and become increasingly effective in advancing health system performance on behalf of all the people we serve – one person at a time.
You will hear from our deep and capable leadership team, experience new innovations and technologies and learn from our experts on critical topics. And once again, you will have the opportunity to get a sense of our capacities as a team – a team aligned to enabling our 300,000 colleagues to serve 140 million people, one person and one health system at a time, building upon a foundation of success at UnitedHealth Group.
Thank you for joining us and for your continuing interest in and support of our company. We look forward to engaging with you, fielding your questions and learning from your insights.
David S. Wichmann
Chief Executive Officer