Humana, one of Tampa Bay's most prolific job generators throughout the recession, is at it again.
The health insurer is hiring another 177 employees between now and July at Humana Cares, its St. Petersburg-based division that provides outreach help over the phone and in person to chronically ill members.
About 130 of the new positions will be based at the division's national care center in the Carillon Business Park. At 40,000 square feet, the center is quickly running out of room. Humana Cares is looking by this summer to add a second location in the bay area with more than 20,000 square feet of additional office space, spokesman Mitch Lubitz said.
Since opening its doors with 200 employees in February 2009, Humana Cares has had several hiring sprees, providing repeated doses of relief to a region suffering double-digit unemployment. The latest expansion will bring the unit to nearly 1,000 associates by this summer. Add in Humana's other operations and its total work force in the bay area will rise to about 2,200.
Humana Cares was the outgrowth of a plan to improve access to Humana members across the country who are suffering from chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease.
The initiative is also a way to save money. The more Humana focuses on preventative in-home care that keeps members from making unnecessary trips to a clinic or hospital, the more it can keep health care costs down. So far, the company reports, hospital admissions by Humana Cares' members have dropped 36 percent and emergency room visits are down 22 percent.
Currently, Humana Cares covers about 123,000 chronically ill members.
New job postings are for registered nurses, social workers, community health educators, administrative support and a registered dietician. Humana did not disclose a pay range for the jobs, but said compensation and benefits will be competitive and depend on experience, among other factors.
The company is hosting on-site jobs fairs at its national care center at 800 Carillon Parkway, Suite 240, in St. Petersburg twice this week: from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information about available jobs or to apply online, go to humana.com/resources/about/careers.