Pioneering Fund’s Inaugural Investment in Optimum Healthcare IT Aims to Boost Access to Learn-as-You-Earn Initiative; Prepare Workers for in-Demand Healthcare Tech Jobs
Optimum Healthcare IT, which provides Best in KLAS healthcare IT staffing and consulting services to more than 150 of the nation’s largest hospitals, announced it has been acquired by Achieve Partners. The sale represents the first investment of Achieve’s Putting America Back to Work Fund, which leverages apprenticeships to create faster pathways to good jobs.
“Economic mobility and public health outcomes are two sides of the same coin,” said Optimum Chief Executive Officer Jason Jarrett. “By expanding access to one of the country’s fastest-growing industries, we’re both improving patient care and creating new pathways to opportunity as the economy begins to recover.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for healthcare IT roles is expected to grow quickly over the next decade as the population ages and hospitals continue to shift to digital record-keeping systems. As a result of Achieve’s acquisition, Optimum – a leading healthcare IT services firm focused on electronic health records implementation and integration – is addressing this challenge through Optimum CareerPathTM, a paid apprenticeship program focused on developing the healthcare IT workers of tomorrow.
Based in Jacksonville Beach, FL, Optimum has supported over 150 of the nation’s largest hospitals and health systems, and is forming university partnerships across the United States to enable college students to access career pathways in the healthcare industry, including its first partnership with University of North Florida, as well as partnerships with University of Colorado Denver, University of Rhode Island, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Robert Morris University.
“This is about tapping the vast potential of workers to fill in-demand, resilient roles within the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy,” said University of North Florida President David Szymanski. “Optimum CareerPath can help streamline the job search process and provide UNF graduates with a faster and more direct pathway to good jobs at hospitals and healthcare systems.”
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Founded by pioneering investors Ryan Craig and Daniel Pianko, Achieve Partners invests in businesses that are positioned to boost economic mobility via next-gen apprenticeship programs in the technology and healthcare sectors.
“Building a more equitable, resilient economy depends on recognizing that education is a means and not an end. It’s about not just learning, but the translation of learning experiences into economic outcomes,” said Achieve Partners Managing Director Aanand Radia. “This investment reflects our thesis that solving for the intersection of work and learning is a massive challenge that will fuel the growth of big, mission-driven businesses.”
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