Health industry experts to provide guidance as the company continues to grow rapidly and broaden adoption of telehealth
SAN FRANCISCO, December 6, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–brightside health, a telehealth platform that delivers life-changing mental health care to individuals with mild to severe clinical depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, today announced the appointment of health industry experts Jeff Margolis as an independent board member and the Honorable David Shulkin, MD, as a consultant, effective January October 1, 2022. Margolis and Secretary Shulkin will guide the organization as it expands and continues to provide life-changing mental health care to all who need it, including those at increased suicide risk.
“We are pleased to welcome Jeff Margolis to our Board of Directors and Secretary David Shulkin as an advisor to Brightside Health at a time when there is a great need for telehealth solutions to treat people with more serious mental illnesses,” said Brad Kittredge. , co-founder and CEO, Brightside Health. “As Brightside Health continues to execute on its next phase of growth, we are confident that Jeff and David will help us partner with healthcare stakeholders to reach those most in need of timely, high-quality care.”
Margolis is the former CEO and Chairman of Welltok, the leading healthcare consumer activation company, and was previously the Founder, Chairman and CEO of TriZetto, the industry’s first vertical SaaS business solution supporting more than 130 million insured lives . Margolis currently serves on the board of directors of NextGen Healthcare (NASDAQ:NXGN), Alignment Healthcare (NASDAQ:ALHC), TriNetX, Hydrogen Health, DNAnexus and Grin. He also serves on several boards of nonprofit organizations, including Hoag Clinic (Chairman) and the Center for Digital Transformation (Chairman) at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a senior adviser to Blackstone. Margolis is an alumnus of the University of Illinois, holds a CPA certificate (inactive) and an AICPA Chartered Global Management Accountant designation, and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
“Behavioral health is central as one of the growth segments in healthcare, and Brightside Health is best positioned in the vital area of expensive, highly complex mental health,” said Margolis. “I am excited to join the Board of Directors of Brightside Health as the company focuses on converging and scaling digital technology and high-performance services to deliver outstanding customer experiences that help people improve their mental health, create convenience for provider referrals and reduce costs for consumers, employers and health plans.”
Secretary Shulkin was the ninth secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the Trump administration and the VA assistant secretary of health in the Obama administration. Shulkin is a widely respected healthcare executive and has served as the CEO of leading hospitals and health systems, including Beth Israel in New York City and Morristown Medical Center in Northern New Jersey. He was founder, chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, one of the first consumer-facing information sources for quality and safety in healthcare. Secretary Shulkin has served on the boards of managed healthcare companies, technology companies and healthcare organizations and now works with healthcare organizations leading the transformation of medicine around the world. Throughout his career, Secretary Shulkin has been named “One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare and continues to advocate for the nation’s veterans by serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations that serve veterans.
“The ability to deliver high-quality, accessible behavioral health care is essential to improving health care for our communities,” said Secretary Shulkin. “Brightside Health is doing just this and this work is both important and exciting to be a part of.”
The appointment of Margolis and Secretary Shulkin strengthens Brightside Health’s position as a leading virtual mental health provider. Their guidance will support Brightside Health in their next phase of growth, assist with strategic decisions and market execution that best serve the company’s members and enhance the value proposition.
For more information about Brightside Health, visit www.brightside.com.
About Brightside Health
Brightside Health delivers life-changing mental health care to people with mild to severe clinical depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, including those at increased risk of suicide. Powered by proprietary AI, purpose-built technology and a world-class clinician network, Brightside combines precision psychiatry and advanced therapeutic techniques to improve patient outcomes across the clinical spectrum, affordably and at scale. Brightside Health can be paid for with insurance in all 50 states and DC, with appointments available in 48 hours or less. More information on www.brightside.com.
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