UnitedHealthcare to Expand Workforce in Chico, Will Add 115 Jobs at its Operations Center this Year

July 03, 2012
  • Company to actively recruit veterans in support of the “100,000 Jobs Mission”
  • Local leaders celebrate announcement at ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate office space for new employees, recognize UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to military veterans

UnitedHealthcare today announced it is creating 115 new jobs at its Chico operations center, a move that will bring the total number of employees at the facility to more than 500 by the end of the year.

UnitedHealthcare made the announcement during a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the office space for the new employees. The health benefits company also held an open house to brief area job recruiters about the new positions, and human resources professionals helped interested job seekers with the application process and answered questions about the new jobs.

UnitedHealthcare will recruit military veterans to fill positions in support of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of major U.S. corporations that share the goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. The company is working with local veterans organizations and other area job recruiters to help identify qualified candidates.

Community leaders, including U.S. Representative Wally Herger, state Assemblyman Dan Logue, Chico Mayor Ann Schwab and Butte County Supervisor Larry Wahl, joined UnitedHealthcare executives for the announcement at the operations center. They received a tour of the facilities and joined potential job applicants and recruiters for a reception and briefing as part of the open house that also honored local military veterans in celebration of the 4th of July.

“I applaud UnitedHealthcare’s Chico Operations Center expansion and the creation of these new jobs that will be a tremendous economic boost to the region,” said Rep. Herger. “By reaching out to military veterans, as well as the local workforce in Chico, UnitedHealthcare is demonstrating first-hand its continued commitment to economic growth and vitality in our community.”

“UnitedHealthcare’s announcement to create 115 jobs in Chico means a great deal to our community,” said Assemblyman Logue. “This is another example of how the private sector is helping drive economic growth through investments in people and workforce development.”

“UnitedHealthcare has been an important business partner in Chico for many years, and we are pleased it has made the decision to expand and create new jobs in our community,” said Mayor Schwab. “These new positions will help people who are seeking a quality job, particularly our military veterans, and provide an economic boost to the region.”

Supervisor Wahl, who served as a Commander in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of the Vietnam War, recognized UnitedHealthcare for its commitment to military veterans.

“As our nation gathers to celebrate Independence Day, it is important that we reflect, thank and honor the men and women who have sacrificed for our country. Helping provide employment for military veterans who have served honorably and are looking for work is an important way to honor their sacrifice, and I thank UnitedHealthcare for its leadership,” said Wahl.

UnitedHealthcare established the Chico operations center in 1998 to enhance customer support for people who are enrolled in UnitedHealthcare health benefits plans across the country. Over the past several years, UnitedHealthcare has been the fastest growing health benefits company in the nation.

In California, UnitedHealthcare has been actively engaged in helping to improve Californians’ access to quality health care. UnitedHealthcare’s California Health Care Investment Program has provided $266 million in total investments to help 45 health care organizations that provide services to underserved, low-income and underinsured communities and populations throughout the state. UnitedHealthcare also has provided $1.3 million in grants to the California Telehealth Network to help expand telemedicine in rural and medically underserved clinics and hospitals throughout the state.

“Employees who work at UnitedHealthcare’s Chico operations center help meet the health care needs of millions of people across the U.S., and we look forward to adding 115 new employees who will help us serve even more people,” said Pam Jamian, UnitedHealthcare’s Chico site director. “We have a strong presence in the Chico community, and this announcement further demonstrates our commitment to the region by creating new job opportunities for residents and military veterans.”

Interested applicants can learn more about these and other UnitedHealthcare positions by visiting http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com/.

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves more than 2.3 million Californians with a care provider network of nearly 48,000 physicians and 315 hospitals.

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. 

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