Illinicare Health to add 350 jobs in Carbondale

CARBONDALE, IL — Centene Corporation and its subsidiary, Illinicare Health, celebrated the opening of their new location in Carbondale on Wednesday, which promises to add 350 jobs to southern Illinois.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry said Illinicare is bringing new opportunities to the community. “They train the employees themselves, so we can have people who don’t have a lot of skill level come in and actually get a job that they can feed their families on and thrive on. It means a great deal to us,” said Henry.

What kind of jobs will they offer? “There’s a call center. There’ll be claims processing. There’ll be member services, provider relations. We tend to raise the economic value of the area through the benefits and salaries,” said Centene chairman and CEO Michael F. Neidorff.

Currently, 50 people are working at Illinicare. The company has plans to hire 20 intern and to hire 200 more people by the end of the year.

“They’ll be dining in our restaurants and shopping in our stores,” Henry said of those employees. “All of that has an impact. Every dollar spent rolls over seven times in the community.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who was present for Wednesday’s announcement, said it’s about more than jobs. It’s also about the services the company will provide.

“The need, as we all know, for mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment has expanded. I’m very focused on making sure we are meeting those needs, and Centene is focused on the same thing,” said Pritzker.