Gary and Mary West are entrepreneurs and philanthropists with a commitment to creating an entirely new ecosystem to lower health care costs through technology and innovation. The couple’s passion is rooted in their experience building a world-class company with more than 35,000 employees, which made them acutely aware of the pressing need to do something about the rising and unsustainable cost of health care in the United States.
The Wests have founded numerous companies over the last four decades, including West Corporation, which became one of the largest customer relationship management providers in the world with more $3.5 billion in annual sales and was taken private in 2006. Since then, the couple established the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2006 and the West Wireless Health Institute, a non-profit medical research organization, in 2009.
In 2011, Gary and Mary launched the West Health Investment Fund, LLC, whose mission is to lower health care costs. The Fund provides risk capital for companies with cutting-edge health care technologies and services that offer the potential to substantially lower the cost of health care.In 2012, the Wests extended the reach of West Health to Washington D.C. with the launch of the West Health Policy Center, with a multi-million dollar, multi-year commitment with the goal of saving more than $100 billion in cumulative health care costs within 10 years by identifying common sense changes in reimbursement and regulation.
West Health was introduced in 2012, as an independent, one-of-a-kind initiative whose mission is to lower health care costs by creating innovative, patient-centered solutions that deliver the right care at the right place at the right time. Solely funded by pioneering philanthropists Gary and Mary West, it consists of four entities: the West Health Institute, West Health Policy Center, West Health Investment Fund and West Health Incubator.