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Stanford Health Care CEO to step down

Amir Dan Rubin to join UnitedHealth Group

Amir Dan Rubin, the CEO and president of Stanford Health Care since 2011, will leave to join insurance giant UnitedHealth Group at the end of this year, Stanford officials announced Thursday morning.

Rubin will become executive vice president at UnitedHealth Group and its Optum organization.

His departure comes before Stanford Health Care's $2 billion construction of the new Stanford Hospital, which is expected to be completed in early 2018.

During his tenure, Stanford expanded its network of outpatient clinics and doctors' groups to make it a regional player in health care. The medical organization opened the Stanford Cancer Center South Bay in San Jose, and affiliations with ValleyCare hospitals in the East Bay. Stanford has also expanded into virtual care through online programs.

Rubin said in a statement that he has been honored to serve Stanford Health Care.

"It has been the privilege of a lifetime to work with such spectacular people dedicated to healing humanity, through science and compassion, one patient at a time," he said. "Words cannot express how incredible it has been to engage with colleagues and supporters who these past years have received Nobel prizes, achieved nursing Magnet status, and won numerous accolades."

At Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group and its Optum subsidiary, Rubin will be joining one of the nation's largest insurance organizations. In 2014, the company managed $165 billion in health-care spending of its customers, and it provides insurance services to 29 million people in the United States, according to its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The organization's plans cover services through 850,000 physicians and 6,100 hospitals nationwide.

"In my new role, I look forward to helping improve health and make the broader health care system work better for everyone in this nation and around the world," Rubin said.

Stanford Health Care Board of Directors has appointed a transition committee to start the search for a new leader and to work with the existing management team at Stanford Health Care toward a transition, the organization announced.

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15 people like this
Posted by Christina
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

This is a tremendous gain for each and every UnitedHealth and Optum customer and provider around the world. Amir Dan Rubin is an extraordinarily visionary, compassionate, empathetic, and approachable leader. I am so grateful to have worked under his guidance and leadership for over 4 years at Stanford. Way to go UnitedHealth!

26 people like this
Posted by Good Riddance
a resident of Southgate
on Sep 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

This man did a very poor job of running Stanford from a healthcare point-of-view. Patient care was at its nadir under his watch.

People in the know say that United Healthcare is one of the worst, perhaps the vet worst, insurer in the U.S. If you are a member. They are very, very, stingy, and I can't imagine them paying better than Stanford. [Portion removed.]

3 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

I can not disagree more with the statement above by "Good Riddance". [Portion removed due to deletion of referenced comment.] Amir is a wonderful leader and I would work for him again without question. That said, I wish Amir all the best in his new position.

11 people like this
Posted by Good Riddance
a resident of Southgate
on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

But, David, have you been a patient during Amir's tenure? I have, twice, and it was HORRID! [Portion removed.]

13 people like this
Posted by Former Patient
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:28 pm

If you look below the surface Stanford has dysfunctional management and has been successful in spite of itself. Like many large organizations, Stanford has become management top heavy and very bureaucratic. Nurses are giving great care but many experienced ones are leaving and feel unappreciated.

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