Nationally Recognized Leader on Health Policy Issues Brings Wealth of Experience and Knowledge to Health Care Transparency Discussion
San Francisco, CA, July 6, 2011—Castlight Health, the premier company enabling consumers, employers and health plans to take control of health care costs through easy-to-use shopping tools with unbiased pricing, quality and patient experience information, has announced that Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, has joined its advisory board.
“Helen is well-known and respected for her devotion to providing practical solutions to the most important health care problems,” said Giovanni Colella, M.D., Castlight Health co-founder and CEO. “We are fortunate to have Helen on the advisory board, and we are looking forward to partnering with her to make health care transparency a reality.”
Darling has an unmatched reputation and long history of promoting better and more affordable health care for Americans and their employers. In 2009 she was the recipient of WorldatWork’s Keystone Award, its highest honor in recognition of sustained contributions to the field of human resources and benefits. A year later she received the President’s Award by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In addition to these two prominent awards, she was given a lifetime appointment in 2003 as a national associate of the National Academy of Sciences for her work for the Institute of Medicine. These accolades not only highlight her commitment but showcase her sense of urgency surrounding the future of health care.
“Introducing cost and quality transparency to health care is vital to the country’s future. Employers and other health plan sponsors must work with providers to enable consumers to make meaningful health care decisions on the basis of cost and quality,” said Darling. “Castlight Health has taken a leadership position towards improving the health care system, and I am delighted to advise Castlight in its work.”
Darling joins a distinguished group of formal advisors to Castlight Health, including Troyen Brennen, M.D., M.P.H., EVP and chief medical officer of CVS Caremark; Alan M. Garber, M.D., Ph.D., Henry J. Kaiser Jr. professor, professor of medicine, director, Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, director, Center for Health Policy, Stanford University, and Provost of Harvard University, effective September 1, 2011; Peter Hayes, principal of Healthcare Solutions; David G. Knott, director at McKinsey & Company; David Joyner, SVP at Blue Shield of California; Arnold Milstein, M.D., professor of medicine at Stanford University; and Kenneth L. Sperling, global health & benefits practice leader at Aon Hewitt. As do all Castlight Advisory Board members, Darling represents herself and not her employer. Darling will take no personal compensation for her work as an advisor to Castlight.
About Castlight Health
Castlight Health enables employers, their employees, and health plans to take control of health care costs and improve care. Named #1 on The Wall Street Journal’s list of “The Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies” for 2011, Castlight Health helps the country’s self-insured employers and health plans empower consumers to shop for health care. Castlight Health is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by prominent investors including Venrock, Oak Investment Partners, Maverick Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellcome Trust, Cleveland Clinic, and U.S. Venture Partners. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.castlighthealth.com or call (888) 227-8544.