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UHC Names Kevin Colgan Associate Vice President, Specialty Pharmacy

09/22/14

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"His extensive background in an academic medical center setting will benefit our members by better anticipating their pharmaceutical needs as well as strengthening their ability to achieve their goals in delivering more efficient, high-quality, patient-centered care."

UHC welcomes Kevin Colgan as associate vice president of UHC’s Specialty Pharmacy Program. Colgan will be responsible for the strategic direction and business development of the UHC Specialty Pharmacy Program, working to develop strategic partnerships to provide cost savings and value-added programs to UHC members.

“I’m delighted to welcome Kevin to UHC,” says Jake Groenewold, senior vice president, UHC Supply Chain. “His extensive background in an academic medical center setting will benefit our members by better anticipating their pharmaceutical needs as well as strengthening their ability to achieve their goals in delivering more efficient, high-quality, patient-centered care.”

Colgan served as corporate director of pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center before coming to UHC; previous to that he was senior vice president at EPI-Q, Inc, a clinical research firm. He also spent 16 years as director of pharmacy at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Illinois.

“Specialty pharmaceuticals are complex therapies that represent the largest growth segment of the pharmaceutical industry,” says Kevin Colgan. “They are frequently utilized in our members’ facilities and can be life-changing for the patient. Because of their complexity, close coordination is required between the patients, their clinicians, and insurers. I am excited to join UHC’s Specialty Pharmacy Program as we work with our members and their patients to implement a program that takes the complexity out of complex care.”

Colgan serves as vice chair of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Directors and is a past president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In 2007, Kevin was named a fellow of ASHP. He received the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Outstanding Achievement Award in 2004 and the Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Illinois Council of Hospital Pharmacists in 1993. Colgan holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

About UHC

UHC is an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. Formed in 1984 and based in Chicago, UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 120 academic medical center and 310 affiliated hospital members through its renowned programs and services in the areas of comparative data and analytics, performance improvement, supply chain management, strategic research, and public policy. UHC helps its members achieve excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. For more information, visit uhc.edu.

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