Changemakers: Joel Theisen, Founder and CEO, Lifesprk

Minnesota-based whole person senior services provider Lifesprk is working to change the experiences people have as they age. Led by founder and CEO Joel Theisen, Lifesprk is doing so by leveraging people, processes and technology. The company’s overall goal: to create a meaningful experience that allows older adults to maintain their passions and social well-being […]

Lifesprk, North Memorial Health Partner on Hospital-at-Home Model to Decompress COVID-19 Surges

Lifesprk, a home-based care provider, has teamed up with North Memorial Health Hospital to create a hospital-at-home model for Minnesotans during the COVID-19 crisis. The goal of the hospital-at-home model is to make North Memorial COVID-19-surge averse while helping it get lower-acuity patients out of the hospital sooner. Lifesprk is a holistic home care provider […]

Senior Care Innovator Bill Thomas: COVID-19 Rewriting Health Care Rules, Pushing Home Care into the Spotlight

If the COVID-19 emergency has made anything clearer, it’s the need for investment in care that takes place in home- and community-based settings. While it took a global emergency to open people’s eyes to that reality, Dr. Bill Thomas has been preaching its importance for decades. Thomas is a thought leader in elder care who […]

‘Go Big or Go Home’: Lifesprk Scores $16M to Grow Company, Launch Electronic Life Record

Lifesprk — a home-based care company known for its innovative whole-person focus — has scored a new $16.1 million investment, the first the company has accepted since its 2004 founding.  The investment — which was led by Burlingame, California-based private equity firm Virgo Investment Group — came in the form of Series A preferred stock. […]

Lifesprk CMO Sets Sights on Coronavirus, Building a ‘Wide and Deep’ Home Health Company

Lifesprk — the Minnesota-based health care provider with a suite of home-focused services — has hired Dr. Nick Schneeman as its chief medical officer. Schneeman is the former CEO of Genevive, the largest geriatric practice in Minnesota. Overall, the new CMO of Lifesprk has over 30 years of experience in geratric care-related fields. He joins […]

Lifesprk Partnership Helps North Memorial Lower Its Re-Hospitalization Rate by 47%

Minneapolis-based North Memorial Health has partnered with Lifesprk, a holistic home care provider also based in Minneapolis, to help serve the health system’s rapidly aging patient population. And the partnership is already seeing some impressive results in terms of lowering re-hospitalization rates and ER utilization The goal of the partnership — announced in December — […]

‘Sick-Care Silos,’ Medicare Advantage and Market Exits: Home Care CEOs Look Ahead to 2020

Once considered an afterthought, non-medical, in-home care took on newfound importance in 2019. Many home care CEOs predict that momentum will continue in 2020, especially as risk-based arrangements among providers become more common. Medicare Advantage and outcomes-related health data are also positioned to play leading roles in home care next year, industry leaders believe. The […]

Lifesprk Partners with North Memorial; LHC Group Expands LifePoint Joint Venture

Lifesprk, North Memorial Health unveil LEADS Lifesprk and North Memorial Health have partnered to make an alternative delivery system for whole person senior services. The idea behind the new system is to take into account a senior’s entire health care journey in order to more adequately serve his or her needs. The two Minneapolis-based organizations […]

Disrupt Podcast #20: Joel Theisen,CEO of Lifesprk

The 20th episode of our podcast, Disrupt, is now available! If you haven’t yet heard of Minnesota-based Lifesprk, you likely will very soon. Led by CEO Joel Theisen, Lifesprk provides a range of services in the home — including home-based primary care — to help seniors achieve their health and wellness goals. The model has […]