It’s hard for me to believe that we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the formation of agilon health. It’s an important milestone, and the perfect time to take a minute and think about what you’ve accomplished and where we’re going.
As you all know, over the course of the last twelve months, our colleagues from PPMC and MDX all joined together to become agilon health. Then we grew beyond that with new teams based in Long Beach and Columbus, Ohio and now we’re adding even more strength through the opening of our newest office in Anaheim, California. Together, at nearly 500 colleagues, we are well positioned to support our growth in both existing markets as well as expand into new markets.
And that size and strength is dedicated to a high purpose. Here at agilon health we have the privilege to be part of a vibrant and growing organization that is changing healthcare. We’re creating jobs, helping doctors rediscover satisfaction in the practice of medicine, and most importantly helping to make healthcare accessible and affordable for those who need it most. In short, we’re bringing comfort and support to people who need help navigating the healthcare system, in many cases when they are facing new and challenging moments in their lives. While those sound like simple goals, they have eluded the best and brightest minds for decades. Some of the most prominent people in the country have tried and failed to solve the problems of our current healthcare system and reach those goals – from Presidents and leaders in Congress to policy experts and technology visionaries. Personally, I think we have the solution. There is no magic; we’re bringing a level of focus on fundamental processes, a level of experience and judgment, a level of creativity in solving problems, a level of technology sophistication, and most importantly, a level of enthusiasm and dedication that I haven’t seen anywhere in twenty-five years in healthcare. We’re already using those skills – we’ll be serving more than 1,700 physicians and more than 500,000 patients in three states by January 2018 – and we have thousands of more physicians all across the country asking for our help.
So, to the team at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice who had a vision, to all of you at PPMC, MDX and MDX Hawai’i and in Long Beach who took a chance to join together and form this new enterprise, to the pioneers in Fresno and at Central Ohio Primary Care who saw the vision and decided to lend their strength to the effort, to our newest partners who are in various stages of joining the company, I say it’s time to stop for a moment and marvel at what you’ve had the courage and determination to produce.
I invite you to pause to appreciate what we’ve already accomplished. But as our Chairman, Ron Williams, reminded me last week, we’re in a marathon, not a sprint. And the first anniversary of our founding is a great reminder that we’ve already taken our first steps. We’re coming into the second mile. Enjoy the run.