Ex-Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy joins UnitedHealth Group's board

John Noseworthy, MD, the former president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, joined the board of directors of UnitedHealth Group, the insurer announced Feb. 13.

Stephen J. Hemsley, executive chairman of UnitedHealth Group's board, said Dr. Noseworthy's leadership "has been decisive in Mayo's achievement of consistently high performance in healthcare quality, safety, research and finance, while championing wide-ranging improvements in the healthcare experience for both patients and physicians. … We welcome his expertise as UnitedHealth Group works to improve the future of healthcare."

Dr. Noseworthy began working at the Rochester, Minn.-based health system in 1990, and served as the chief executive of the system from 2009 until his retirement last year. Under his leadership, the system earned $12 billion in annual revenues and employed 68,000 employees.

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