Bethesda, Md., Oct. 9, 2014 – GetWellNetwork®, Inc., the leader in Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) solutions, today announced that former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Anthony J. Principi has joined the GetWellNetwork Board of Directors. As secretary of the VA under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, Principi directed the federal government’s second largest department and was responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs and national cemeteries for America’s 25 million living veterans and dependents.
“I’m honored to serve on the board of directors at GetWellNetwork, a company whose innovative technology educates and empowers patients from the bedside to the clinic to the home,” said Principi. “I’m particularly proud that GetWellNetwork is supporting tens of thousands of VA patients, who have served and sacrificed for our country, to take a more active role in their recovery and the ongoing management of their health.”
As secretary, Principi led 230,000 VA employees in hundreds of medical centers, clinics, benefits offices and national cemeteries, and managed a budget in excess of $71 billion. After leaving the VA, President George W. Bush appointed him to chair the 2005 military Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).
“We are fortunate to have Secretary Principi join our board of directors,” said Michael O’Neil, founder and chief executive officer of GetWellNetwork. “His leadership and commitment to veterans’ health will guide and advance our work with our VA partners to help ensure the delivery of the best possible care for our veterans and their families. His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to develop and deliver innovative solutions to activate patients and improve outcomes across the care continuum.”
Principi is president and CEO of The Principi Group, LLC. He also serves on the boards of directors of Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Engility, Inc. and Cleveland BioLabs, Inc.