CareCore expands, partners with veteran aid program

gmartin@islandpacket.comNovember 15, 2011 

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Bluffton-based CareCore National plans to create 60 positions through a new radiation therapy management program, the company announced.

Most of the new jobs -- those that are non-clinical and require less medical training -- will go to local applicants, according to CareCore executive vice president Kevin Ryan.

Ryan said the positions would be filled by the end of March.

CareCore will provide the program for Highmark Inc., a Pennsylvania-based health insurance company. It's the latest expansion for the corporation, which employs about 1,300 -- 400 of whom work at its Buckwalter Place headquarters.

"We don't expect anything but continued growth," Ryan said. "We hope to quickly find local talent and put it to work."

In the past seven years, CareCore has evolved from solely providing radiology benefits to the nation's largest specialty benefits management company, covering several areas of medical care. It contracts with more than 32 national and regional health plans that serve more than 30 million insured members.

Last week, CareCore also announced a partnership with Hero Health Hire, a coalition of health care companies promoting the employment of disabled veterans.

Ryan said his company already employs several graduates of various service academies and believes it is important for CareCore to reflect the military's strong presence in Beaufort County.

"We want to assist their transition and translate what they've done in the military to what they can do in a civilian office," Ryan said.

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