KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (October 19, 2020) — Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS), is pleased to announce that Mark Friedlander, MD, MBA, has joined the organization as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Behavioral Health Division. A board-certified and practicing psychiatrist, Friedlander will contribute an integral perspective in setting the medical strategy of UHS’ behavioral health facilities including thought leadership, oversight of medical staff across the network and utilization management.
“Mark is an astute, well-respected thought leader known for his results-oriented focus and patient-centered approach in the behavioral health sector,” said Matt Peterson, Executive Vice President, UHS, and President, Behavioral Health Division. “Mark’s clinical experience and drive for innovation will provide new valuable perspective to our growing behavioral health business.”
Prior to joining UHS, Friedlander served as Chief Medical Officer for Aetna’s Behavioral Health unit from 2010 to 2019. In this role, he was responsible for utilization management, quality, accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), clinical compliance, and overseeing physicians, clinical and non-clinical staff providing 24/7/365 services to several lines of business.
Prior to his time at Aetna, Friedlander served as Corporate Medical Director for Penn-Friends Behavioral Health Systems in Plymouth Meeting, PA, responsible for the formulation and development of enterprise behavioral health strategies; and the design and implementation of emergency assessment capability to triage and manage high-risk patients. Before that, Friedlander served as Director, Outpatient Clinic and Adolescent Inpatient Care at Friends Hospital, a Behavioral Health Facility owned and operated by UHS, located in Philadelphia, PA. Earlier in his career, Friedlander was the Psychiatrist and Acting Medical Director at Child Guidance Resource Centers headquartered in Havertown, PA.
Friedlander earned his Medical Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. He completed postdoctoral residencies in General Psychiatry and in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He is currently actively involved in the American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Delaware County Medical Society.
About Universal Health Services, Inc.
One of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc. has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Growing steadily since our inception into an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, annual revenues were $11.4 billion for 2019. In 2020, UHS was again recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #281 on the Fortune 500; and listed #330 in Forbes ranking of U.S.’ Largest Public Companies.
Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago, enabling us to provide high-quality care to our patients and their loved ones. Our strategy includes building or acquiring hospitals in rapidly growing markets, investing in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and becoming the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.
Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has 90,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates 26 acute care hospitals, 328 behavioral health facilities, 42 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network and various related services located in 37 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. It acts as the advisor to Universal Health Realty Income Trust, a real estate investment trust (NYSE:UHT).