Kaiser opening new IT campus in Greenwood Village, hiring 500
Kaiser Permanente on Thursday said it will open an information technology campus in Greenwood Village that will employ about 500 people by 2015.
The center is to open in January, and some hiring has already started.
The health care giant said its decision to locate the facility in Colorado followed a national search and was prompted by a number of factors, including the state's workforce and quality of life.
"Quite frankly, these jobs — this activity — in Colorado is intended to be a launch pad for our next wave of innovation," said Kaiser executive vice president Phil Fasano, who has headed Kaiser Permanente's IT efforts in recent years.
Kaiser spokeswoman Amy Whited said the jobs announcement is part of the company's long-term, strategic IT plan and does not represent an effort to beef up the company in anticipation of changes from health-care reform.
The 500 new staff members will bring Kaiser' total IT presence in Colorado to about 700. The company employs approximately 6,000 IT professionals nationwide.
"Adding 500 jobs here says a lot about Colorado but also about Kaiser," said Gov. John Hickenlooper said at a news conference. "We already have about 175,500 IT workers in Colorado."
The new IT office will be in a 120,000-square-foot, five-story building at 6560 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Donna Lynne, president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, said the company received no financial incentives to locate the IT center in Colorado.
"We are really excited about marrying together the advances in technology that we have in the organization with the basic delivery of health care because we think that is very much the wave of the future," Lynne said.
Kaiser said it might be adding hundreds of additional jobs in Colorado in the next three to five years as it continues to add new membership in Colorado.
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