Universal Health Services
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Headquarters||King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Alan B. Miller (Chairman, CEO and Founder)|
Number of employees
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, our annual revenues were $10.77 billion during 2018. In 2019, UHS was again recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #293 on the Fortune 500; and in 2017, listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.
Alan B. Miller, who currently serves as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, founded Universal Health Services, Inc. in 1979 after he engineered a financial turnaround of American Medicorp, only to lose the control of the company in a hostile takeover by Humana. The next day, Miller founded UHS with $3.2 million from venture capitalists and $750,000 put up by himself and several former American Medicorp employees who decided to follow Miller into his new venture. Within 18 months of its founding, UHS would own four hospitals and have management contracts with two additional hospitals.
- 1979: UHS entered Las Vegas with the purchase of Valley Hospital, which has been part of UHS longer than any other hospital in the system. The acquisition gave UHS its entry into the growing southeast Nevada marketplace.
- 1979: The company’s annual gross revenue was $30.9 million.
- 1980: The company chose its first Board of Directors. Members included Alan B. Miller, Sidney Miller, George H. Strong, Edwin C. Cohen, Leonard Shaykin and Thomas L. Kempner.
- 1981: UHS held its Initial Public Offering. Analysts offered positive recommendations for the IPO because of significant and successful experience that company managers had with UHS and with American Medicorp. Annual gross revenue at the time was $119.4 million.
- 1982: UHS purchased five hospitals from the Stewards Foundation, marking the first time a for-profit corporation purchased hospitals from a nonprofit religious organization.
- 1983-07: UHS stock split for the first time.
- 1983: UHS purchased Qualicare, Inc. for more than $116 million. The purchase included 11 acute care hospitals and four behavioral health hospitals, giving the company its entry into the psychiatric healthcare market.
- 1983: Universal Health Services, Inc. was ranked first for growth in the healthcare industry over five years by Financial World magazine.
- 1984: Company revenues continued to increase as Medicare introduced fixed payments for diagnostic related groups (DRGs), a move experts said would benefit well-managed companies such as UHS.
- 1985: Annual gross revenue exceeded $500 million for the first time.
- 1986: Wellington Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Florida begins its operation.
- 1986: UHS created Universal Health Realty Income Trust, the first REIT in the healthcare industry.
- 1991: UHS stock trading moved from NASDAQ to NYSE. Annual gross revenues exceeded $1 billion.
- 1994: Inland Valley Medical Center was chosen as one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine.
- 1996-05: UHS stock split, two for one. Outstanding shares increased from 14.4 million to 28.8 million. Annual gross revenue: $2.3 billion.
- 1997: UHS acquires an 80% stake in George Washington University Hospital. The company introduced its Service Excellence program to focus on making patients the first priority.
- 1998: UHS was named to the Wall Street Journal’s “Shareholder Honor Roll.”
- 1999: Debra K. Osteen appointed vice president of UHS and president of the Behavioral Health Division.
- 2001-06: UHS stock split, two for one. The Wall Street Journal named UHS as the best performing healthcare stock over 10 years.
- 2002: UHS was listed among America’s Best Big Companies in the Forbes Platinum 400.
- 2002: The replacement building for the George Washington University Hospital opened.
- 2003: Steve Filton was named Chief Operating Officer.
- 2003: The Wall Street Journal’s Shareholder Scorecard listed UHS as the best performing stock among healthcare providers from 1992 to 2002. Charles Boyle named Controller, Cheryl Ramagano appointed Treasurer and J.P. Christen promoted to Assistant Vice President of Hospital Finance.
- 2003: UHS makes the Fortune 500 for the first time, with a rank of 468.
- 2004: UHS was number 10 among the “Top 100 Places to Work in IT” by Computerworld magazine.
- 2007: UHS formed UHS Development Company, Inc. to build better quality hospitals at lower costs for the industry. Richard C. Wright was named President of the new venture.
- 2008: Annual revenue reached $5 billion.
- 2009-12: UHS stock split, two for one.
- 2010-11-16: UHS reached an agreement in May to acquire Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., one of the nation’s largest behavioral health operators with 94 locations, over 11,000 beds and a 19 percent market share, for $3,1 billion. As a result of the acquisition, completed in November, UHS more than doubled its beds count in the behavioral health segment and became the country's top inpatient psychiatric services provider.
- 2012-06-04: UHS announced its plans to acquire Ascend Health Corporation for $517 million, adding 9 freestanding inpatient psychiatric facilities with 867 licensed beds in Texas, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and Washington State to its portfolio.
- 2013-10-14: The 140-bed, five-story Temecula Valley Hospital in Temecula, California begins its operation, offering a comprehensive range of services similar to hospitals in large metropolitan areas with 300 affiliated physicians, over 600 employees, and 170 volunteers.
- 2013-10-30: A total of 48 facilities owned and operated by subsidiaries of UHS are recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2012. There are 43 behavioral health and five acute care hospitals listed, including 16 facilities honored for the second consecutive year.
- 2014: UHS listed among Fortune 500 (with a rank of 324) and "World's Most Admired Companies"
- 2014: A total of 46 facilities owned and operated by subsidiaries of Universal Health Services, Inc. are recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013.
- 2014-02-28: UHS buys Palo Verde Mental Health with 48 beds for an undisclosed amount, renaming the facility to Palo Verde Behavioral Health.
- 2014-04-24: UHS announced the acquisition of the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, a 124-bed behavioral health care facility and outpatient treatment center located in the District of Columbia. As part of this transaction, the company also acquired the Arbor Group, L.L.C. which operates three management contracts covering 66 beds in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland market.
- 2014-09-26: UHS acquires Cygnet Health Care Limited for approximately $335 million, adding 17 facilities throughout the United Kingdom including 15 inpatient behavioral health hospitals and 2 nursing homes with a total of 743 beds, just a few days after the company's stock joined the S&P500 index.
- 2015: UHS listed among Fortune 500 "World's Most Admired Companies" and "America's Largest Corporations," "30 Most Meaningful Companies to Work For in America" by Business Insider and a Recipient of "Leadership 500 Excellence Awards 2015".
- 2015-01-14 UHS Recognized by Institutional Investor As One of America’s Most Honored Companies/CFO Receives Highest Rating 
- 2015-08-20: UHS expands its presence in the U.K with the acquisition of Alpha Hospitals Holdings Limited, a provider of low and medium secure mental health care facilities and services, for $148 million from private equity group C&C Alpha Group, adding four hospitals and 350 beds to its portfolio.
- 2015-09-18: UHS announces the acquisition of Foundations Recovery Network based in Brentwood, Tennessee for $350 million, adding 322 residential beds in four inpatient facilities and eight outpatient centers to its substance use disorder service line.
- 2015-09-30: Alan B. Miller Recognized Among CR Magazine’s 2015 Responsible CEOs of the Year
- 2015-11-17: A total of 46 facilities owned and operated by subsidiaries of UHS are recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2014.
- 2016-02-19: UHS recognized among Fortune’s Most Admired Companies
- 2016-05-02: Universal Health Services, Inc. Announces Purchase Of Third-Party Minority Ownership Interests In Six Acute Care Hospitals In Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2016-06-06: UHS Ranks 276 in the 2016 Fortune 500 List
- 2016-08-17: UHS buys Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, Nevada with 25 beds for an undisclosed amount.
- 2016-08-22: Alan B. Miller recognized as #40 in Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
- 2016-10-31 Henderson Hospital opens in Henderson, Nevada
- 2016-12-05: UHS Announces the Acquisition of Cambian Group PLC's Adult Services Division
- 2016-12-28: UHS Completes the Acquisition of Cambian Group PLC's Adult Services Division
- In 2017, under Miller’s leadership Forbes recognized UHS as one of America’s Top 500 Public Companies, ranking 275 and UHS was named among Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies.
- On June 7, 2017, UHS, under the leadership of Miller, ranked 276 on the Fortune 500.
- Alan B. Miller named among 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare for the 15th consecutive year.
- 2017: Alan B. Miller and Marc D. Miller were featured as the cover story for BOSS Magazine, "Good for your Health." The cover feature credits UHS with transforming healthcare for more than 2.6 million patients a year.
- 2018: July 31 - UHS announced its acquisition of the Danshell Group, adding 25 facilities in the UK for Learning Disability and Autism Services 
- 2018: Alan B. Miller was named to the Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential List at #63.
- 2019: Alan B. Miller received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge 
- 2019: UHS named to Fortune 500 Annual Ranking, appearing at #293.
- 2019: Alan B. Miller featured in Modern Healthcare 'Bold Moves' "Venturing into unknown territory." 
- 2019: Alan B. Miller Featured in Q&A with The Wall Street Transcript 
- 2019: Alan B. Miller named to the Forbes "America's Most Innovative Leaders" ranking (#95)
- 2019: Alan B. Miller was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal 2019 Most Admired CEOs list. 
- 2019: Alan B. Miller was named to the Fox Business list of 10 military veterans who became Fortune 500 CEOs.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) threatened the Rancho Springs Medical Center (Murrieta) and Inland Valley Regional Medical Center (Wildomar) in California with decertification in June 2010 while the State of California warned of a possible hospital license revocation. Universal Health Services implemented a program to address all concerns and in November 2011, the two hospitals passed a CMS Certification Survey. As a result, CMS rescinded its termination notice and the California Department of Public Health withdrew its license revocation notice.
Allegations of noncompliance with same-sex visitation law
According to a petition started on change.org by Terri-Ann Simonelli of Henderson, Nevada, Spring Valley Hospital (owned and operated by UHS) claimed that their policy required power of attorney for a same-sex partner to make medical decisions on behalf of their partner. If true, this would seemingly violate new Department of Health and Human Services rules enabling same-sex partners to make said decisions, with or without power of attorney.
Fraudulent Medicaid claims
In September 2012, UHS and its subsidiaries, Keystone Education and Youth Services LLC and Keystone Marion LLC d/b/a Keystone Marion Youth Center agreed to pay over $6.9 million to resolve allegations that they submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicaid. Between October 2004 and March 2010, the entities allegedly provided substandard psychiatric counseling and treatment to adolescents in violation of the Medicaid requirements. The United States alleged that UHS falsely represented Keystone Marion Youth Center as a residential treatment facility providing inpatient psychiatric services to Medicaid enrolled children, when in fact it was a juvenile detention facility. The United States further alleged that neither a medical director nor licensed psychiatrist provided the required direction for psychiatric services or for the development of initial or continuing treatment plans. The settlement further resolved allegations that the entities filed false records or statements to Medicaid when they filed treatment plans that falsely represented the level of services that would be provided to the patients.
On December 7, 2016, Buzzfeed published a report detailing questionable practices within UHS psychiatric facilities. The report includes allegations of holding nonthreatening patients against their will, manipulative misinterpretation of patient testimonies to fit guidelines to involuntary confinement, aggressive staff layoffs and understaffing in hospitals, needless patient deaths due to understaffing and misprescription of medication, "violating a patient’s right to be discharged or holding a patient without the proper documentation", and unnecessary extension of stay times to the maximum Medicare payout. UHS denied the conclusions of the report; its stock fell approximately 12% after publication.
A UK subsidiary, Cygnet Health Care, was the subject of a BBC investigation that found that staff had been taunting, provoking and scaring vulnerable people. It runs 140 mental health services across the UK. 85% of its services are “rated good or outstanding by our regulators”.  New admissions were banned at Cygnet Acer clinic after the Care Quality Commission found it unsafe to use. A patient hanged herself, others self harmed, ligature points were found where patients could hang themselves and too many of the staff were untrained to deal with the highly vulnerable patients at the clinic.
The company bought four inpatient units which were previously operated by the Danshell Group in 2018. All four were condemned by the Care Quality Commission which raised concerns about patients’ “unexplained injuries” and high levels of restraint in 2019.
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