HealthFitness Acquires Assets of Focused Health Solutions


MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 28, 2011 – HealthFitness, an award-winning provider of employee health and fitness solutions, has acquired the assets of Focused Health Solutions, a national provider of population health management services. The purchase of Focused Health Solutions, with its proprietary technology platform and condition management programs, enables HealthFitness to offer employers, health plans, Taft-Hartley groups and other clients expanded services that increase overall employee well-being, improve the health of people with chronic conditions, and control costs.

Focused Health Solutions’ National Committee for Quality Assurance-accredited, personalized programs help people manage a broad range of chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease and asthma. The model integrates sophisticated systems and experienced personnel to improve disease treatment compliance and control medical costs.

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

HealthFitness services include award-winning, NCQA-accredited wellness programs, biometric screening, health coaching, health advocacy, nurse line, program enrollment, and onsite fitness center and health management services.

“We are pleased to be joining HealthFitness,” said Phil Christianson, CEO of Focused Health Solutions. “Both organizations match technology with a personalized approach and share a mission to improve health and quality of life.”

Michael Taylor, Focused Health Solutions executive vice president added, “HealthFitness’ best-in-class wellness and onsite programming, combined with our technology platform and specialization in condition management, will produce even greater quantifiable clinical and financial benefits for both program participants and clients.”

This investment from Trustmark, which acquired HealthFitness in early 2010, demonstrates the company’s commitment to making HealthFitness the nation’s leading provider of population health management solutions for employers, health insurance plans and benefits administrators.

“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, M.D., chief medical and wellness officer at HealthFitness. “We now have the pieces in place to make condition management even more effective by engaging more people with the
right interventions and self-help tools at the right time.”

About HealthFitness
HealthFitness, a subsidiary of The Trustmark Companies, is an award-winning provider of integrated health promotion and fitness management solutions to Fortune 500 companies, the healthcare industry and individual consumers. With 27-plus years of experience, HealthFitness partners with employers to effectively manage health care and productivity costs by improving individual health and well-being. HealthFitness provides a portfolio of solutions, including best-in-class integration, INSIGHT® Health Risk Assessments, screenings, EMPOWERED® Health Coaching, nurse line, health advocacy and program enrollment and fitness facility design and management. For more information on HealthFitness, visit

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