Tonawanda News — UnitedHealthcare announced Tuesday that the company will add 150 new jobs to its Tonawanda operations center in 2012.
Nearly 125 jobs were just added in 2011, and the positions added this year will bring the total number of employees to more than 700.
“UnitedHealthcare is excited about the Tonawanda and Buffalo region as an employer and business partner, and we welcome the opportunity to be a key driver in the region’s growth,” said Bill Golden, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Employer and Individual New York.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, state Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, and Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana attended the announcement ceremony Tuesday.
“We are extremely pleased to see the expansion of the workforce here in the Town of Tonawanda. UnitedHealthcare is a great addition to our Colvin Woods Park and the increase of 150 employees shows the positive growth and impact the company has made by developing and expanding in a very short time frame during these difficult economic times,” Caruana said. “We look forward to a close working relationship to support the company in our community.”
The Tonawanda site opened in 2005 to support its customers in New York state. Tonawanda employees answer plan participants’ calls, process claims and provide clinical case management.
UnitedHealthcare is encouraging people with health care or customer service experience to apply for the new positions in customer service, claims processing and case management by visiting www.careers.unitedhealthgroup.com.
By the start of 2013, UnitedHealthcare will employ more than 4,000 people across New York. Currently, the company serves over 3.8 million New York residents, and has a network of 230 hospitals and 43,500 care physicians and care professionals.
“I am very pleased that UnitedHealth Group will once again expand its workforce to now total more than 700 employees at the Tonawanda site,” Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, said. “Today’s announcement of job growth will spark economic growth, as well as provide better support for more than 230 hospitals and more than 43,000 physicians statewide. I applaud UnitedHealth for its continued investment in Tonawanda, the region and the health care industry.”