SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Allergy Services ™ (UAS), the leading healthcare services company empowering physicians and health systems to deliver safe and effective allergy testing and customized immunotherapy services, today announced that Kenneth Burdick has accepted the role of Executive Vice Chairman of the UAS Board of Directors.
"I am enthusiastic about the future of UAS and look forward to working with the Board, and a talented management team to bring an innovative solution to the millions of individuals whose quality of life can be improved through effective treatment of their allergies," says Burdick. "Our nation's healthcare system will benefit from increasing the scope of services performed within the primary care setting, along the lines of the UAS business model."
Burdick joined the UAS Board of Directors in October 2012.
"In his former positions as CEO and President of large and complex health care services companies, he managed dynamic organizations with tens of thousands of employees and billions of dollars in annual revenue," says Nicolas Hollis, UAS president and CEO. "Ken brings this extensive experience at a crucial time as UAS evolves from a fast paced startup to a maturing business. In addition, during his time as a non-executive director, Ken has repeatedly provided the Board and Management with a wealth of well-placed perspective and advice, especially as to critical reimbursement strategy and decisions. His desire to become more actively involved further validates his commitment to UAS and his undertaking of an executive role adds immeasurable value to a growing company. I am looking forward to working with Ken to build an enduring value-based delivery system on the primary care platform."
Burdick has more than 25 years of experience in managed healthcare, including senior leadership positions with UnitedHealthcare/UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, Coventry Health Care, CIGNA and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Most recently, Burdick was the President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Previously he was the CEO of the Medicaid Division and CEO of MHNet for Coventry Health Care.
During his 14 years with UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, Burdick achieved significant success in local, regional and national roles. While CEO at SecureHorizons/UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, he and his executive team redesigned the distribution strategy, upgraded management talent and simplified the product portfolio. During his tenure as CEO for UnitedHealthcare/UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, Burdick championed an innovative leadership development program to facilitate the emergence of a more engaging, collegial and open leadership culture.
Burdick presently serves on the Board of Directors for Preferred Homecare and PASR, a non-profit Board advancing school readiness throughout Minnesota. From 2001 to 2010, he served on the United Way (Twin Cities and Phoenix) Board of Directors.
Burdick earned his bachelor's degree (summa cum laude in American Studies) from Amherst College in 1980 and a law degree from University of Connecticut School of Law in 1985. He and his family reside in Minnesota.
About United Allergy Services
United Allergy Services ™ (UAS) brings effective and convenient allergy testing and immunotherapy to primary care physicians; pulmonologists; ENT physicians; pediatricians; internal medicine physicians; and healthcare systems that treat the vast majority of patients with seasonal and perennial allergies. UAS' complete service line features in-office UAS Certified Clinical Allergy Specialist staffing and training; quality assurance and regulatory compliance; and supply and inventory management. By empowering physicians to safely administer allergy testing and immunotherapy treatment, UAS has effectively expanded access to immunotherapy to more than 60 million U.S. residents currently suffering from seasonal and perennial allergies.
SOURCE United Allergy Services