American Health History
American Health Holding, Inc. (American Health) was founded in 1993 as a privately held company by Ivan Gilbert, M.D., and Michael Reidelbach in Worthington, Ohio. At a time when health costs were on the rise, many employer-sponsored health plans were looking for alternative solutions to provide members with coverage at affordable prices. As a result, there was an increased need for cost containment practices and improved managed care integration throughout the health care industry.
Dr. Gilbert, a licensed physician, and Michael Reidelbach, an entrepreneur with diverse industry experience, shared one common vision: To provide saving opportunities while managing appropriate care. With a small team of Utilization Management Nurses and Case Managers, American Health built the foundation of its core competences. The mission remains the same as it was in 1993 – to deliver flexible medical management services that support cost-effective, quality care planning for members.
Today, American Health is a single-source provider of comprehensive, integrated health management solutions that support millions of members across the health care continuum. Its flexible solutions, highly qualified physicians, registered nurses and social workers have helped clients maximize cost savings while ensuring the quality and appropriateness of care.
American Health was acquired in April 2006 by Prodigy Health Group, whose operating companies provide benefits management, total health management, provider network services and insurance services to self-funded employers, managed care companies and insurers across all industry sectors.
In June of 2011, Prodigy Health Group was acquired by Aetna, Inc. American Health operates as an independent subsidiary of Aetna (NYSE:AET).
American Health Founders
Ivan Gilbert, M.D. • Chairman Emeritus
Dr. Gilbert's professional experiences reflect his entrepreneurial spirit and strong medical background. As a licensed physician with expertise in Hospice and Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Gilbert developed a keen sense for successful business endeavors, which resulted in successfully taking four companies public. Dr. Gilbert is a founding member of the Columbus Chapter of Hospice, the Columbus Chapters of Young Presidents' and World Presidents' Organizations (YPO/WPO), Columbus Historical Society, and the Columbus Torah Academy. He also has been involved in business associations and organizations such as the Aldus Society, Ohio Retail Merchants, Ohio Student Loan Organization, and American Federation for Aging Research. Dr. Gilbert is in The Ohio State University Men's Athletics Hall of Fame.
Michael Reidelbach • Chairman
Michael’s diverse business, marketing and engineering experiences have been crucial to American Health's success. As President of American Health from 1993 through 2009, he was the driving force behind positioning the company as a leader in the medical management industry. Michael launched his career in 1969 at Corning Glass Works, where he worked his way through the ranks to become Director of New Product Development. In this capacity, he formed a foundation for market research and product development that resulted in successful product launches in the consumer marketplace. Michael's additional experience prior to founding American Health includes: President of MJR Enterprises Inc., a business consulting firm; President of Progressive Health Management, a medical cost management company; and President of Retail Planning Associates, an international retail design and consulting firm.