Coventry Health Care Inc. has hired Victor Turvey to be president of its St. Louis-based Group Plan Inc. unit.[@@]

Turvey previously was a regional president at UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., according to Coventry, Bethesda, Md. Turvey was responsible for the UnitedHealthcare managed care region that includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Group Health Plan provides or administers health coverage for 309,000 residents of Missouri and Illinois.