A message from the LifeHealth founders, Margot Langstaff and Elisa Hamill
Margot and Lisa - Us
We both started out as clinical nurses, but offers too good to pass up tracked us to the business side of health care.
One thing we both learned during all those years in business was that the preventive side of health care was either undervalued or missing entirely.
Our paths crossed when we both served on the Steering Committee of the University of Colorado’s Women’s Health Center. Prevention was part of the Center’s mission, and naturally like-minded, we decided that there had to be a better business solution to preventive care. We also decided that the solution needed more than early warning. It also needed to be accessible and include patient education.
So in 2004 we founded LifeHealth. The company was self-funded, and had a staff of two – us.
LifeHealth in the Beginning
LifeHealth was the very definition of “entrepreneurial”. We started with bone density screenings, added finger-stick blood work, then flu shots – and kept growing from there. Our business customers were excited and wanted more, so as time went on we added more clinical preventive services.
All of these services were provided, soup to nuts, by the two of us. We booked and ran the events and did all the health education. During that time we packed a lot of boxes, hauled tons of supplies in our personal cars, and set-up each and every clinic. Despite the work involved we had to respond to every growth opportunity. And self-financed, we had to personally take the financial risk of making mistakes. Hours were long, and either fabulous success or dismal failure seemed always to be just around the corner.
Since then LifeHealth has come a long way. Fulfilling our dream of accessible, preventive health care we now have over 100 clinicians throughout the US providing a broad spectrum of exams, tests, and information.
Among our customers are insurance carriers, commercial employers of all sizes, and the Department of Defense and state National Guards. As a veteran-owned business we have a unique opportunity to deliver highly-specialized clinical solutions to all branches of our military. We have clinicians in military bases all over the country, providing high level, complex medical exams for reservists in the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corp. We’re proud to serve our veterans.
Despite growth, our corporate culture remains entrepreneurial and collaborative, both internally and externally. We treat customers as partners in finding the right solutions for their circumstances and we’re always willing to take risks on new services and delivery strategies. We’ve developed and maintained state of the art IT processes supporting collaborative workflow, and responsive, real-time communication. Our core staff is cross-trained, motivated, and shares our spirit of innovation and finding opportunities.
In the past 15 years, like all small businesses, LifeHealth has weathered the ups and downs of the business cycle. But our dream of a consumer friendly, preventive health business has been realized far beyond our original expectations.
LifeHealth will continue to grow, to uncover new opportunities, and to expand its services. But on a more personal note, we know that LifeHealth has contributed to the reality of preventive health care for many more Americans. And we take considerable pride in that.