Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) has tapped an Aetna alum to be the new chief medical officer for its behavioral health division. UHS announced Monday that Mark Friedlander, a psychiatrist and MBA, would fill the role.
Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, UHS has 328 behavioral health facilities spread across the US, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. It also has 26 acute care hospitals, 42 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network and other related service offerings.
Friedlander brings more than 27 years of experience to the position. Most recently, he served as CMO for Aetna’s behavioral health unit, a role he held from 2010 to 2019.
In the new position, Friedlander will play an important part in developing the medical strategy for UHS’s behavioral health facilities. That includes everything from thought leadership to oversight of medical staff and utilization management, according to a press release announcing the news.
“[Friedlander] is an astute, well-respected thought leader known for his results-oriented focus and patient-centered approach in the behavioral health sector,” Matt Peterson — executive vice president at UHS and president of the behavioral health division — said in the press release. “[Friedlander]’s clinical experience and drive for innovation will provide new valuable perspective to our growing behavioral health business.”