Stanford Hospital & Clinics has acquired CareCounsel (www.carecounsel.com), a leading provider of
employer-sponsored health advocacy and health care assistance
services. The Bay Area company was founded in 1996 with a mission to
help employees, retirees and their families navigate the complex
health care environment through an employer-sponsored benefit that
provides consumer education, advocacy and access to expert health care
resources and information.
CareCounsel will continue to function independently and to provide
services for employers, health insurance brokers and other clients,
while drawing upon the medical expertise and extensive resources of
Stanford Hospital & Clinics to expand and enhance its offerings.
CareCounsel's founder, Lawrence Gelb, DMH, will remain in his
current role as the company's president and CEO. Before founding
CareCounsel, Gelb held senior positions at Foundation Health
Corporation, Occupational Health Services, Preferred Health Care and
Kaiser Permanente's Total Health Care Program. He has served on the
clinical faculty of the University of California-San Francisco
Department of Psychiatry.
"We are delighted to be collaborating with CareCounsel, which
has a solid track record of health care advocacy for consumers and has
earned the confidence of major employers in the Bay Area and
beyond," said Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford
Hospital & Clinics.
CareCounsel currently serves approximately 150,000 employees,
retirees and family members across the country. With services ranging
from assistance with open enrollment, to help with navigating the
complex health care system, resolving insurance claims issues,
Medicare questions and coordination of care, CareCounsel offers
personalized support for everyday issues as well as urgent needs.
"As we embark on this exciting period in our history, we
couldn't have asked for a better partner," Gelb said.
"Stanford exemplifies CareCounsel's longstanding service
commitment to caring and educating individuals through compassion,
respect, integrity and teamwork. This is a match made in heaven."