Calgary Herald: “Former Stampeder Danielsen Going National with Wello as Company Opens Toronto Office” (October 30, 2018) – David Parker
Vince Danielsen, president and CEO of Wello — the Calgary-based health-care service that aims to help people get well when they’re sick and stay well over the long term — has reached a significant milestone. He’s making Wello available to Canadians nationally, with the opening of a Toronto office.
The company was launched as this city’s first in-home and video medical delivery service, reminiscent of days gone by when family doctors made house calls. It’s offering consultations by licensed nurse practitioners over the phone, by secure video link or by webchat.
Danielsen believes 70 to 80 percent of doctor visits could be handled by video, helping to solve the problem caused by people having to take sick days that are a constant drain on employers.
The City of Calgary reports lost time caused by workplace injuries and sick days amounted to an average of 10 days last year. And some people just don’t feel they have the time — or perhaps patience — to pay a visit to a doctor, particularly those living a distance from a family physician or medical clinic.
Employers purchase access to Wello as a support system for their workers, helping alleviate an average of two to six days’ loss of productivity every time they visit a doctor’s office; higher if they have a family.
Using Wello means that for the majority, health problems can be solved without having to leave the workplace.
It has proved a huge benefit for those working in remote places or for those traveling in their work such as those employed in the trucking industry.
Danielsen, a two-time Grey Cup winner and Most Valuable Canadian Player of 1998 as a Calgary Stampeder, launched his Wello division last year and already has operations serving people throughout B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Plans are for Wello to be introduced to Quebec in the coming months; a push also is being made to extend the service to the Maritimes by the fourth quarter of 2019.
Wello’s national offices are in the Arriva Tower in Victoria Park, which is also home to Danielsen’s INLIV which was formed in a merger with his Innovative Health Group and Foothills Health Consulting.
INLIV is a sister company that provides a wide range of health services including comprehensive medical assessment, fitness programs staffed with experienced personal trainers, nutritionists, physiotherapists and physicians to help achieve best results.
The 80 staff in Calgary also offer physical rehabilitation, medical aesthetics and corporate health programs investing in employees physical and emotional health to boost their impact in the workplace.
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