An entrepreneurial approach to one of healthcare's toughest challenges...
Dr. Ellen Stang founded ProgenyHealth in 2003 to address the need for improved care management and health outcomes for premature and medically complex newborns. Through her leadership and inspiration, the company has grown steadily into an industry leader in NICU case management with over 200 mission-driven employees.
To-date, ProgenyHealth has managed over 70,000 NICU cases and is a leader in deploying comprehensive, evidence-based neonatal care management services. We partner with the country’s most prestigious health plans to serve their NICU populations, collaborating with more than 1,400 facilities and 6,000 physicians nationwide to optimize care and costs.
The origin of ProgenyHealth
After founding a pediatric practice in Bucks County, PA, where she practiced for almost a decade, Dr. Stang left private practice to devote her efforts to helping low income families through population health initiatives, working as a pediatric medical director in a Medicaid managed care plan in Philadelphia. While there, she was responsible for overseeing the pediatric membership, which included the high-risk neonatal population. In this role, she saw first-hand the fragmented system of support that existed at the time for these infants and their families. Comprehensive case management programs were not the norm and social determinants of health were not being addressed or solved as part of a member’s individualized care plan. Healthcare costs continued to rise and, after an infant was discharged from the NICU, there were no comprehensive programs of support in place, resulting in high readmission rates. She believed there was a better way, and set forth to build a company that would address and solve this problem.
Taking an entrepreneurial approach in an industry that is historically innovation-averse, she built a new business literally from the ground up – starting the company in her basement. From day one, Dr. Stang knew that addressing the many complex variables inherent to NICU cases was critical to the overall success of patients. That’s why ProgenyHealth focuses on helping moms and families secure the broader range of basic resources that are crucial for these babies to achieve true health.
ProgenyHealth’s data-driven business model enables our team to work collaboratively with providers to help ensure at-risk infants receive the highest standard of care in the NICU, come home healthy, and stay that way. The journey continues……. and there is still so much to be done.
Progeny has been an outstanding partner. Their clinical expertise in the NICU arena has helped us to manage the care of these infants effectively, and they are completely committed to identifying and addressing the social determinants of health often found in this fragile population.
ProgenyHealth has helped to reduce our ALOS, reduce outlier days, and keep our readmission rates low. Testimonials from our members are full of praise.
We’re very pleased with the outcomes of this initiative and the role it plays in our ongoing efforts to help members most at risk of developing serious chronic conditions.