Amir Dan Rubin, the CEO and president of Stanford Health Care since 2011, will leave to join insurance giant UnitedHealth Group at the end of this year, Stanford officials announced Thursday morning.
Rubin will become executive vice president at UnitedHealth Group and its Optum organization.
His departure comes before Stanford Health Care's $2 billion construction of the new Stanford Hospital, which is expected to be completed in early 2018.
During his tenure, Stanford expanded its network of outpatient clinics and doctors' groups to make it a regional player in health care. The medical organization opened the Stanford Cancer Center South Bay in San Jose, and affiliations with ValleyCare hospitals in the East Bay. Stanford has also expanded into virtual care through online programs.
Rubin said in a statement that he has been honored to serve Stanford Health Care.
"It has been the privilege of a lifetime to work with such spectacular people dedicated to healing humanity, through science and compassion, one patient at a time," he said. "Words cannot express how incredible it has been to engage with colleagues and supporters who these past years have received Nobel prizes, achieved nursing Magnet status, and won numerous accolades."
At Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group and its Optum subsidiary, Rubin will be joining one of the nation's largest insurance organizations. In 2014, the company managed $165 billion in health-care spending of its customers, and it provides insurance services to 29 million people in the United States, according to its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The organization's plans cover services through 850,000 physicians and 6,100 hospitals nationwide.
"In my new role, I look forward to helping improve health and make the broader health care system work better for everyone in this nation and around the world," Rubin said.
Stanford Health Care Board of Directors has appointed a transition committee to start the search for a new leader and to work with the existing management team at Stanford Health Care toward a transition, the organization announced.