Feb. 22, 2018 – Denver, Colo. – In service to its primary goal to make Colorado the healthiest state and the leading health innovation center in the U.S., Prime Health will build on the strong momentum related to its core programming including the annual Prime Health Innovation Summit, Prime Health Challenge, and other activities to support its growing ecosystem of health tech collaborators. Further, Prime Health has halted activities related to the build-out of the Prime Health Collaborate technology platform and an affiliated for-profit entity. Instead, while refocusing on core programming, the organization will enhance its already strong emphasis on integrating digital health technologies into the state’s safety net institutions and the underserved communities they support.
As part of this transition, Steve Adams will be stepping down as CEO effective immediately and will continue as a member of the Prime Health Board of Directors in support of the organization in that capacity.
“Anyone who knows me understands that I am, at heart, a technology startup guy with a deep passion for both healthcare innovation and for the entrepreneurial community that drives it,” said Adams. “While the Collaborate platform and a for-profit iteration of Prime Health may no longer be in the organization’s future, I’m as dedicated as ever to enhancing a non-profit Prime Health deliver on its core values to the community across Colorado.”
Day-to-day management of Prime Health operations will continue under the leadership of existing Executive Director, Nicole McNew, and Alison Gellman, who has been promoted to Managing Director, Special Projects. Simultaneously, founding Board Chairman Mike Fitzgerald will step down from his role and will remain on the organization’s Board of Directors.
“It has been an honor to serve Prime Health for many years now,” said Fitzgerald. “Over that time the organization has gone through numerous evolutions and each has led to exciting new opportunities, both for the organization itself and the community it serves. Today’s changes are part of the continuous commitment to achieving the Triple Aim - improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing health care cost. I look forward to continuing on as a board member in support of these exciting endeavors.”
Effective immediately, Brent Bowman, Vice President, Strategy and Patient Experience for Kaiser Permanente Colorado will become Prime Health’s new Board Chairman.
“It is with great excitement that I assume this new position and I thank both Steve and Mike for their leadership in their respective capacities,” said Bowman. “We are thrilled to have both continuing on as members of the Board. I look forward to leading the board as it takes a more active role in leading the organization through this transition, through our Prime Health Innovation Summit on May 10th and into an exciting and sustainable future.”
In coming months, Prime Health will announce more new board members to better represent the changing face of the digital health innovation ecosystem in Colorado.
About Prime Health
Founded in 2012 by Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Innovation Pavilion and the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, Prime Health is a business ecosystem of healthcare administrators, providers, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs, and investors dedicated to improving healthcare delivery through digital health innovations. Prime accelerates the adoption and implementation of digital health technologies that enhance access to care, improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs.
The organization operates an annual Innovation Summit—this year held on May 10th at Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, near downtown Denver—bringing together hundreds of thought leaders from across the U.S. to explore the latest in digital health innovations. Additionally, Prime Health runs a three-month Digital Health Challenge program each summer for companies seeking to pilot new health technologies. The Challenge has linked 46 companies to investors and over 20 leading healthcare organizations since its inception in 2014. Participating companies have gone on to raise more than $50MM in private venture capital and have created countless jobs for Coloradans.
A stand-alone non-profit organization since 2015, Prime Health is now supported by the founding organizations as well as the Colorado Health Foundation, Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, PeakMed, ViaWest, Catalyst HTI, Innosphere, Colorado Technology Association, Colorado BioScience Association and many other community partners.
About Brent Bowman, Board Chairman
Brent Bowman is Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Vice President of Strategy and Patient Experience. He has been a member of the Prime Health board for the past year. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2004, Brent was a Managing Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting Services in the Global Customer Relationship Management practice.