American Specialty Health coming to Carmel


By Karen Kennedy

A lease has been signed and renovations have begun at 12800 Hamilton Crossing Blvd. as San Diego-based American Specialty Health makes its plans to open offices that will ultimately house a minimum of 500 employees.

What is ASH?

ASH provides innovative insurance coverage and wellness programs that focus on healthy living and prevention. CEO George DeVries, a graduate of Culver Military Academy, founded the company in 1987 as a chiropractic network and management company in southern California. It was the first client health plan to offer a supplemental chiropractic benefit. Within one year, it had more than 14,000 insured members. It began to include acupuncture in its coverage in 1997, massage therapy in 1998, and naturopaths in 2000, by which time it had provider networks established in all 5- states.

ASH has received numerous recognitions and awards, including:

  • One of the country’s Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles by the National Business Group on Health
  • Inc.’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies
  • One of San Diego’s Best Places to Work by San Diego Magazine
  • One of the country’s 15 Fittest Companies by Men’s Health Magazine

It covers nearly 26 million members.

ASH has a small satellite office on 96th Street which houses nine employees. Those employees will be incorporated into the new office as it is completed. It is expected that several hundred California-based ASH workers will be relocated to the Carmel area.

ASH is privately held and reported revenues of $221 million last year. It also has offices in Dallas, Texas and Columbia, S.C.

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