BOX ELDER — Two years after it leased office space at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Box Elder, Advance Health employs about 75 workers and now plans to expand the staff to 200 by 2018.
The Virginia-based company leases the first floor of the Air Force Financial Services Center, where it operates a Medicare Call Center. Advance Health serves clients in 48 states.
It was the first partnership between Ellsworth Air Force Base and a private company, part of the Air Force’s Enhanced Use Lease Program, which allows military bases to rent underused or vacant space.
Advance Health Chief Operating Officer David Pierre said the company plans to employ 100 people by the end of this year — then double the number in 2018, according to a recent story in the Rapid City Journal.
“We’ve been so pleased with the town and the Rapid City workforce,” he said.
Advance Heath was founded in 2010. Many of their call-center employees are nurse practitioners helping Medicare patients manage their care.
Pierre said the company looks for employees who are knowledgeable about health care and energetic about helping people keep their medical care costs contained.