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FriendHealth began as a reaction to the status quo...

20 years after valve replacement surgery, my father became an ER super-utilizer. An unwelcome distinction. There were some months when he was admitted to the hospital 2-3 times. Upon discharge, the care he received at home was siloed, infrequent, and episodic. Like millions of Americans, my father was left alone to deal with his chronic condition when the episode of care was finished. At FriendHealth, we fundamentally believe that chronic conditions should be managed longitudinally and holistically, and if we can do that, we can change the lives of many families like mine.

Coley Parry - Founder / CEO

Learn more about our story here.

 

 

Mission

We bring patient-centered care to the home using multi-disciplinary teams that are connected through innovative technology.

 

Vision

We aspire to deliver high-quality care that is accessible and affordable for everyone.

 

Values

 

Integrity. We are honest, transparent and trustworthy in all of our relationships.

Community. We respect and engage with the populations that we serve.

Accountability. We are resourceful and always find a way to get the job done. 

Team. We provide a forum where everyone has the opportunity to participate in making collaborative decisions.

Empathy. We care deeply for our patients, community and each other.

Passion. We are united by the common vision of fixing our broken healthcare system.

Innovation. We relentlessly explore ways to improve healthcare delivery and efficiency.

Humility. We listen actively and welcome feedback from everyone.

Outcomes-based. We strive to be a leader in delivering evidence-based clinical outcomes.

 
 

The Team

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Coley Parry, Founder / CEO

Personal experience with a chronically ill parent provided the motivation to develop FriendHealth’s platform and business model to bring efficient care into the home. Prior to founding FriendHealth, Coley was a tech and consumer Analyst with Centerline Investment Partners in New York City, where his focus was on SaaS and other capital-light business models. Centerline was acquired by Kingdon Capital Management in late 2014, which provided the opportunity to start FriendHealth. Coley received a BA in Economics from Trinity College and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. When not at work, you can find Coley outside somewhere.

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Luke Schmidt, VP Operations

Prior to joining FriendHealth, Luke acted as Operations Manager of Parsley Health, a venture-backed integrative medicine primary care practice. At Parsley Health, he worked to grow their patient base by 6X and expanded operations from NYC to LA and SF in 2016/17. Prior to this, Luke completed a post-baccalaureate program at Columbia University, where he studied the hard sciences while gaining vast exposure to the inner workings of hospital systems. Luke has further startup experience with Riverview Gardens, where he wrote and implemented a business plan that transformed a bankrupt country club into a self-sustaining venture aimed at fighting poverty and homelessness in his hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin. Luke completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, where he received degrees in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Luke's favorite activities include freshwater fishing, snowboarding, scuba diving and playing poker.

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Emily Rindler, VP Clinical Operations

Emily brings over a decade of direct patient care experience to FriendHealth, most recently as an adult primary care provider at Iora Health and Union Health Center in New York.  Her clinical practice has taught her the power of patient-centered, team approached value-based care. These clinics provided collaborative working environments where she utilized evidence-based guidelines to provide preventive medicine and care for patients with multiple complex chronic diseases. Emily is grateful to have found a calling early in her career by earning a Pre-med and Spanish BA from Tufts University followed by a BS/MS/MPH at Columbia University.  FriendHealth enables Emily to extend beyond the exam room and directly improve health outcomes of larger populations. She currently lives with her husband Max and son Sy in Westchester, New York and can often be found running outside and teaching/practicing yoga.

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Jeff Loftsgaarden, VP Business Development

Jeff joins FriendHealth after nearly 3 years at Privia Health, where he was the director of new product development responsible for building new capabilities to drive top-line revenue and grow the national provider network and ACO.  Prior to Privia, Jeff spent 7 years at DaVita as a strategist leading physician growth and development and as an operator within Paladina Health, a direct primary care venture built from scratch within the company. Jeff also served as a strategy consultant at The Camden Group, a leading healthcare consultancy. An Iowa native, Jeff graduated with a BA in politics and international studies from Loras College. In his spare time, you’ll likely find Jeff traveling, skiing, golfing, or trying new restaurants in Washington, DC with his wife Christine.