Dallas-based health-tech startup, Mend, today announced that it is now an official affiliate of Children’s Health System of Texas (Children’s Health). The deal is the first of its kind in the country, where a legacy academic health system has strategically partnered with an early stage health-tech startup less than one year old.
“Mend is incredibly honored to partner with Children’s Health. Together, we’re building a future of convenient and affordable care for patients throughout Texas and beyond,” said Mend Founder and CEO, Dr. Jonathan Clarke. “Healthcare is in the midst of immense disruption unlike anything we’ve ever seen and technological innovation and consumer focus are at the heart of this transformation. Mend is among a growing number of healthcare startups that are empowering consumers to take control of their health, while reducing the costs of healthcare.”
The deal with Children’s Health will allow Mend to expand its scope of services and geographic reach throughout the state of Texas, as well as to other markets. In addition to its current Dallas base, Mend will open Frisco and McKinney bases in December followed by Southlake and Flower Mound bases in January. Other cities around Texas are planned for 2016.
Mend was launched in March 2015 by Dallas resident and board certified emergency physician, Jonathan Clarke, M.D. Dr. Clarke is a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Reserve, and has served wartime tours of duty as a flight surgeon and emergency physician in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the Deputy Chief of Flight Medicine for the 301st Fighter Wing, in Fort Worth.