Marathon Health, which provides direct primary care for employers, has purchased Cerner Workforce Health Solutions (WHS), a group of dedicated onsite and near-site health clinics.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will add approximately 300 “ambassadors,” 21 clients, 35 health centers and 300,000 members to the Marathon Health organization. It will expand Marathon’s footprint in 15 states, including a significant expansion in Chicago; Kansas City, Kan.; and St. Louis, Mo.
Founded in 2005, Marathon has more than 280 health centers in 43 states, 1.2 million members, and over 900 providers and clinicians.
Indianapolis-based Marathon said that Cerner WHS has developed capabilities in areas such as Occupational Health and Onsite Pharmacy, which Marathon will seek to build upon as it continues to broaden its service offering.
“We saw in Marathon a like-minded organization that is passionate about its clients and members,” said Stacie Clum, general manager and senior director of Cerner WHS, in a statement. “I don’t think the fit could be stronger — we have complementary cultures, strategies and capabilities — and I am deeply excited for this next chapter.”
Marathon stressed that Cerner WHS clients will not experience any disruption to their service. All care teams have been retained, and no changes to teams or service are expected for Marathon Health clients, ambassadors or members, as a result of the acquisition.
“Marathon Health’s goal is to become the leader in value-based healthcare in the commercial sector, by helping employers of all sizes achieve an advanced, population-health-driven model of primary care,” said Ben Evans, executive chairman and co-founder of Marathon Health, in a statement. “Acquisitions such as this are an important part of achieving that goal. We are thrilled to welcome Cerner WHS clients, members, care teams and associates to the team.”