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United HealthCare's Knowledge and Information Segment Names Executive Management Team.

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- United HealthCare Corporation (NYSE: UNH) said today that Kevin Roche' has been appointed chief executive officer of Knowledge and Information, a business segment that provides health care knowledge and information services to providers, drug and device manufacturers, the government, payers, employers and other interested organizations. This business segment includes Applied HealthCare Informatics, United HealthCare Global Consulting, and The Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation.

"Over the past year, our Knowledge and Information segment has made tremendous progress in expanding its product line and capabilities and establishing its reputation as a leader in the health care information market. Our new executive management team possesses all of the skills needed to continue this momentum," said Stephen J. Hemsley, United HealthCare senior executive vice president and a member of the Office of the Chairman.

"Kevin Roche' has served as chief executive officer of Applied HealthCare Informatics since its formation two years ago. He has led the company through tremendous growth and expansion and has helped transform United HealthCare's various knowledge and information capabilities into a value-building organization that will produce projected annual revenues of $200 million in 1998," said Hemsley. "His proven leadership and success in this arena make Kevin the ideal choice for leading the broader Knowledge and Information business segment into the future."

Before assuming leadership of Applied HealthCare Informatics, Roche' held a variety of legal positions in the areas of corporate and health law, including seven years as general counsel of United HealthCare. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Pace University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Kevin Pearson will serve as chief operating officer of the Knowledge and Information business segment. Pearson joined Applied HealthCare Informatics with the acquisition of Medicode, Inc., where he served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. In that role, he was responsible for Medicode's publications division, purchaser services division, and its clinical research and information systems departments. Prior to that, Pearson served as president of Med-Index, a division of Medicode, and held various consulting positions in the health care field. Pearson has an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

United HealthCare Global Consulting

Sid Stolz serves as president of United HealthCare Global Consulting, which is extending the company's knowledge and information products and consulting services worldwide. Stolz joined United HealthCare in 1995 as senior vice president for Delivery System Management and Product Development.

Prior to joining the company, Stolz was a principal in the Washington office of Towers Perrin, where he led the Health and Welfare line of business in Latin America, specializing in health care benefits, with a focus on managed care. In addition, he worked for Maxicare Health Plans as national director of development, The Samuell Clinic as administrator and Arthur Andersen as a consultant. Stolz has an M.B.A., with a concentration in international finance, from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a B.S. in economics from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan.

Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation

The Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, a research institute commissioned by United HealthCare, will continue under the leadership of Sheila Leatherman, executive vice president.

"The Center was created over a decade ago to generate timely, useable and objective research to help improve the health system and to advance the health of the public," said Hemsley. "The Center continues to build on its already strong reputation for high quality, independent research and analysis regarding critical public health issues."

Leatherman founded the Center when she came to United HealthCare in 1989. Prior to joining the company, she held various positions in health care services management, including serving as chief executive officer of MedCenters Health Care, Inc. in Minneapolis. In addition to her position with the Center, Leatherman holds appointments as Senior Fellow, Institute of Health Services Research, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, and Senior Associate, University of Cambridge, Judge School of Management Studies, Cambridge, England.

United HealthCare Corporation ( http://www.unitedhealthcare.com ) provides a broad spectrum of resources and services to help people achieve improved health and well-being through all stages of life. United HealthCare is organized into six business segments: Health Care Services, Retiree and Senior Services, Strategic Business Services, Insurance Services, Specialized Care Services, and Knowledge and Information Services.
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