After winning his own battle with cancer as a teenager, making high-quality healthcare accessible to Canadians is something Calgarian Vince Danielsen, Wello CEO and President, is passionate about. That’s why he made a pledge to bring virtual healthcare to more companies and their employees across the country.
“The exceptional care I received when I had cancer inspired me to become a healthcare entrepreneur and to bring new innovations to support the healthcare in Canada,” Vince said.
He was inspired to make his commitment this May when he was at the ONWARD Summit: a Calgary Chamber of Commerce event that focused on the intersection of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
“This pledge reinforces my commitment to giving Canadians here in Alberta and across the country easier, convenient access to healthcare, and, as a result they will live healthier, happier, lives,” Vince said.
After a successful, two-time Grey Cup winning, eight-year career with the Canadian Football League, as a receiver for the Calgary Stampeders, the Calgarian became a healthcare entrepreneur, combined the values of team he learned through sports with his passion for care. The end goal? To ensure Wello was designed to work collaboratively within the health care system, with a seamless and positive client experience.
Vince’s initial pledge was to expand Wello from its headquarters in Calgary across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan by the end of the year. However, with the help of the dedicated Wello team, Danielsen not only met this challenge, he surpassed it in just two short months and also added Manitoba to the provinces Wello serves.
In addition to being available in five provinces, Wello’s nurse practitioners now support the healthcare needs of employees and their families anywhere from Bragg Creek, Alberta to Oakville, Ontario. More and more businesses are seeing the benefits of Wello for their employees, especially those with staff working in rural or remote areas where quick access to high-quality healthcare does not come as easily as in cities.
At home in Calgary, Alberta businesses and their employees are paying attention. More than 50 per cent want virtual healthcare included as part of their employee benefits plan (Hill+Knowlton Strategies Research Group, 2018).
Today, Danielsen’s proud to expand on Wello’s success, bringing Wello’s “care, anywhere” model to more companies across Canada. Companies know that healthy employees do amazing things, and Wello virtual healthcare is a proven way to help employees get well when they’re sick and keep well over the long term.
Vince is confident that Wello will follow in the success of its parent company, INLIV, which has been providing premium corporate healthcare to employees for more than 40 years.
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