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Health care company prescribes 135 new jobs for Oklahoma City

UnitedHealth Group CEO hints that company may further expand its Oklahoma City operations.
by Brianna Bailey Published: March 25, 2013
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/articleid/3771262/1/pictures/1992853">Photo - U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, left,  joined Stephen Hemsley, right, CEO of UnitedHealth Group, at a press conference in Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, March 25, 2013, to announce the company's plans to expand its presence in Oklahoma City, bringing new jobs for pharmacists, pharmacist technicians and customer service advocates. 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.  Company spokespersons  project 135 new jobs will be added in the period from Jan, 2012 until the end of this year.  In a UnitedHealth Group news release, the company states it serves more than 360,000 Oklahomans. OptumRx is the third largest pharmacy benefits manager in the United States, according to the news release.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, left, joined Stephen Hemsley, right, CEO of UnitedHealth Group, at a press conference in Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, March 25, 2013, to announce the company's plans to expand its presence in Oklahoma City, bringing new jobs for pharmacists, pharmacist technicians and customer service advocates. 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. Company spokespersons project 135 new jobs will be added in the period from Jan, 2012 until the end of this year. In a UnitedHealth Group news release, the company states it serves more than 360,000 Oklahomans. OptumRx is the third largest pharmacy benefits manager in the United States, according to the news release. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

OptumRx has a good relationship with the University of Oklahoma's pharmacy program to hire recent graduates and also has a reputation within the company as a top performing center, said Ron Jordan, Oklahoma City site director for OptumRx.

The Oklahoma City OptumRx facility manages mail service orders and customer service for OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group's pharmaceutical, insurance and health and wellness programs.

The new jobs will primarily be pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and customer service representatives. OptumRx is also hiring training and quality management staff as part of the Oklahoma City expansion.

OptumRx is the third-largest pharmacy benefits manager in the United States, processing 350 million retail, mail service and specialty drug prescriptions each year.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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