A Minnesota company will buy Logistics Health Inc., one of the fastest-growing businesses in the La Crosse area, under a deal confirmed Friday by officials at the companies.
The sale to OptumHealth of Golden Valley, Minn., won’t result in any job losses at LHI and will help the La Crosse company continue to add employees in the area, LHI CEO Don Weber said. Weber will continue to head LHI, which will keep its name and La Crosse headquarters.
“There will be no change here in leadership or management,” Weber said. The deal “brings us resources that we need to really grow this business.”
The sale is expected to be completed during the second quarter, probably in May, but is subject to an anti-trust review by the federal government.
LHI has about 900 employees in the La Crosse area. OptumHealth, part of health care giant UnitedHealth Group of Minnetonka, Minn., has about 11,000 employees nationwide.
Weber said Friday he thinks LHI can provide about 3,000 new jobs in the area within five years, echoing a goal he made March 10 when he announced LHI had been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract with the U.S. Veterans Administration.
The VA contract probably will account for about half of the 350 to 400 jobs LHI expects to add at its La Crosse headquarters over the next 12 months, Weber said last month. Under the contract, LHI providers will perform
clinical disability exams to military veterans in 31 states, augmenting the services the VA provides, so that veterans may receive their benefits faster.
About 90 percent of the La Crosse company’s business is with the federal government, Weber estimated.
Among other things, it works with the Department of Defense to provide medical services for the U.S. military throughout the course of a service member’s career, including pre-enlistment physicals for military applicants.
LHI also provides a variety of other health services to to private employers and other government agencies.
The company was founded in 1987 and has been expanding its La Crosse workforce since 2001, when it signed a federal contract to track and coordinate the physical fitness and dental screenings and inoculations for all Army National Guard members and Army Reservists.
UnitedHealth Group already has a major presence in the area, Weber noted. Its UnitedHealthcare unit acquired Midwest Security Insurance Cos. in Onalaska in 2002. The Onalaska operation continues to provide managed care benefit plans to small- and mid-sized businesses.
Being part of OptumHealth “will bring us opportunities to bring more business here,” and the cultures of the two companies are very similar, Weber said.
“OptumHealth and Logistics Health share a common focus on providing innovative health services that support the needs of individuals and organizations,” said Brian Kane, OptumHealth vice president of communications. He said LHI has a “tremendous reputation” for meeting the unique needs of members of the U.S. armed forces and that OptumHealth would be honored to help LHI grow that work.
OptumHealth generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue, according to a fact sheet Kane provided. It also says OptumHealth helps 60 million Americans each year to manage and finance their health care. The company provides services to employers, insurance companies, health care providers and public-sector organizations such as county and state governments.
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