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HealthFitness Makes Acquisition after Recent Management Changes

HealthFitness Makes Acquisition after Recent Management Changes

In the past three months, HealthFitness has changed its senior leadership team and made an acquisition that expands the services that it can offer to its corporate clients.

HealthFitness, Minneapolis, was previously known as Health Fitness Corp. The company was purchased by Trustmark Companies, Chicago, in February 2010.

In early December 2010, Trustmark named Paul Lotharius as president and CEO of HealthFitness. Lotharius had joined HealthFitness earlier in 2010 as president and COO. He replaced CEO Gregg Lehman, who left the company at the end of December to launch a new company focused on acquiring health care IT and hospital service delivery companies.

Later in December, Brian Gagne replaced Lotharius as COO, and Sean Katz joined the company as chief information officer. Gagne had been with HealthFitness for seven years, most recently as executive vice president. Katz joined the company from Heath Care Services Corp., where he served as enterprise technology strategist.

Greg Siedschlag also was promoted from controller to vice president of finance.

As 2010 ended, HealthFitness formed a dedicated product management team to oversee the life cycle of the company’s programs and services. The team’s purpose is to assess integrated employee health and productivity management solutions, evaluate industry trends and seek out new capabilities and innovative methods of addressing client needs.

One of the first moves made by the new management team and Trustmark was the purchase, for an undisclosed amount, of the assets of Focused Health Solutions, a national provider of population health management services. The company announced that purchase Monday.

Focused Health Solutions has a proprietary technology platform and condition management programs. These programs help people manage a broad range of chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease and asthma.

With this purchase, HealthFitness can now offer its clients expanded services that increase overall employee well-being, improve the health of people with chronic conditions and control costs, according to the company.

“Focused Health Solutions’ proven expertise in condition management allows us to offer clients of both organizations a comprehensive health management solution immediately,” Lotharius said in a release. “Perhaps more importantly, the people, capabilities and technology HealthFitness is acquiring are important building blocks as we create the next generation of innovative population health management programs.”

In addition to onsite fitness center and health management services, HealthFitness also offers wellness programs, biometric screening, health coaching, health advocacy, nurse line and program enrollment.

“Integrating condition management into our product offering allows us to give those with chronic conditions the benefit of our lifestyle management programs while also better managing their diseases,” said Dennis Richling, who was named chief medical and wellness officer at HealthFitness in early January. “We now have the pieces in place to make condition management even more effective by engaging more people with the right intervention and self-help tools at the right time.”

HealthFitness ranked No. 16 on Club Industry's Top 100 Clubs list last year with $79.5 million in 2009 revenue.

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