American Family Care Founder Invests in Chronic Care Start-Up
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- American Family Care announced today that its Founder and Chairman, D. Bruce Irwin, M.D., has made a significant investment in Pack Health, a chronic disease management company that provides patients with personalized support. The investment will accelerate the further development of Pack Health's health management platform, paving the way for its aggressive growth plans. Irwin will also join the company's board of directors. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
Pack Health's multi-channel engagement programs are designed for patients with chronic ailments such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, COPD and other health-related issues, and address core behaviors that positively or negatively impact their health conditions. At the core of Pack Health's programs are specially trained Health Advisors, who provide customized support that enable individuals to take control of specific conditions, navigate the healthcare system and live healthier lives.
"Pack Health's patient-centered mission, focus on outcomes and empathetic culture is completely aligned with my own philosophy," said Irwin. "What's more, its innovative approach to patient engagement represents an evolution of chronic care that is unmatched anywhere in the world. I am proud to be involved with the next generation of health care entrepreneurs and hope to provide the type of insight and support that enables the Pack Health team to achieve its vision," Irwin said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of U.S. adults face at least one chronic illness and one in four Americans have multiple chronic conditions that last a year or more and require ongoing medical attention. Furthermore, approximately 71 percent of total health care spending in the U.S. is associated with care for Americans with more than one chronic condition. People with multiple chronic conditions also face substantial out-of-pocket expenses for their care, including higher costs for prescription drugs.
"This is a significant development in the evolution of Pack Health," said Mazi Rasulnia, Ph.D., president of Pack Health. "Even more than his financial investment in our company, we know that Dr. Irwin's ongoing investment of time and expertise will help us to accelerate the attainment of key milestones, as we work with health systems, employers and insurers to reduce the cost of health care – and help patients live healthier, happier lives," said Rasulnia.
About American Family Care:Starting with a single location in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of non-emergency room urgent care. With its 2013 acquisition of the Doctors Express franchise, AFC has become the nation's leading provider of urgent care, accessible primary care, and occupational medicine, with more than 160 clinics and 500 in-network physicians caring for 2 million patients a year. Ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., AFC's stated mission is to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient. For more information, visit www.americanfamilycare.com.
About Pack Health, LLC.Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Pack Health provides real help for those living with an overwhelming diagnosis or chronic condition. Members of Pack Health engage one-on-one with personal Health Advisors, who provide the structured support members need to take control of their specific conditions, navigate the healthcare system and live healthier lives. For more information, visit www.PackHealth.com.
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