AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is UnitedHealthcare of Arizona.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.


Most Admired Company: 2010-2021

Top Arizona executive: Heather Kane, CEO UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

What it does: Healthcare insurance provider for individuals, families and employers.

Company profile:At UnitedHealthcare, we serve people from their earliest years through their working lives and into retirement. What unites us is our mission to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone. We see the many steps in each patient’s journey in a way no other organization can, from the clinic to the pharmacy, for a hospital appointment or a home visit, for emergency surgery or a regular check-up. We can bring together the pieces of the healthcare puzzle for people to make the system work better for them. The reality is that the healthcare system as we know it today is unsustainable. It is essential to make quality care more affordable for everyone involved, building a more connected and aligned system. At UnitedHealthcare, we believe we have a distinctive role to play in the transformation that is underway to shape a more sustainable health system for the future.”

Admirable trait: One of the most innovative policy changes taking hold currently at UnitedHealth Group is its “Workplace of the Future” policy, which will literally alter the way and place employees work going forward in the post-pandemic world. Specific details will vary but UnitedHealthcare believes this initial plan will provide the flexibility people seek, while also allowing the company to do its best work for the customers, patients, and members the company is privileged to serve.