Grand Rounds, a San Francisco-based health-care technology company that matches patients with high-quality health-care providers, has opened its first East Coast operations within Lewiston's historic Bates Mill Complex.
In a news release, Grand Rounds said it chose an East Coast location to align with both its past and future growth — noting that a majority of Grand Rounds' patients and expert physicians are located in the Central or Eastern time zones. Founded in 2011, the company said Lewiston was chosen "through a competitive process, for its proven record of supporting new businesses and the overall community."
It expects to create more than 150 jobs within five years, according to the release, primarily within the company's patient care team, which consists of clinicians, care coordinators and records specialists who provide comprehensive support to patients.
"Grand Rounds reshapes health-care delivery by matching patients with high-quality physicians from the beginning," Owen Tripp, co-founder and CEO of Grand Rounds, said in the release. "We're excited about our ongoing expansion in employer customers, in patients served and in our geographic footprint with the opening of our first East Coast office. We've been thrilled with the warm reception from the local community and the newest members to join our team in Maine."
The company's office at the Bates Mill Complex is over 22,000 square feet and has additional room for expansion.
The company also announced in its news release that it has launched a partnership with its first Maine-based employer, Dead River Co., the largest heating services provider in northern New England.
Through the partnership, Grand Rounds' proprietary algorithm-based technology will connect Dead River's 1,110 employees and covered dependents with the most qualified local physicians for in-person office visits, as well as access to virtual consultations with leading physician experts across the nation.
"As an employer, we want to provide benefits that will advance the health and well being of our employees," Guy Langevin, Dead River's vice president of human resources and organizational development at Dead River, said in the release. "As a human resources professional, I'm convinced that Grand Rounds is a game-changer. Their advocacy on behalf of patients can lead to higher quality care and better outcomes for patients. That also leads to cost reductions, which is good for the entire health-care system."