History of Healthnetwork Foundation
As a successful entrepreneur and a member of the Cleveland chapter of Young President’s Organization (YPO), Bill Rowley recognized an opportunity to leverage his peers’ business connections for the greater good of the entire group. Conceptualized long before widespread use of the Internet and platforms such as LinkedIn or Facebook, Rowley’s forward-thinking led to the creation of the Inventory of Skills (IOS) in 1991.
Inventory of Skills began as a networking service among CEOs and business presidents, helping each other to share experiences, grow their businesses and improve their lives. One aspect of IOS grew demonstrably – networking for hospital services.
No longer focusing on the other networking needs of business leaders, IOS began to focus exclusively on networking business leaders into the top ranked hospitals in the United States. In 1992, Rowley and the Cleveland chapter of YPO were honored with YPO's Most Innovative Event in a Chapter Education Program for the creation of the IOS. Rowley was again honored in 1993 with awards for Most Innovative Program and First Place-North America and the North America Region-Best Chapter Education Program. Realizing his new concept's amazing potential, Rowley began offering IOS to other YPO chapters. Soon IOS was serving all YPO members and extending its reach to the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), Chief Executives Organization (CEO) and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).
In 1997, IOS became the Inventory of Skills Foundation and was granted 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization. Medical connections were the forte of IOS Foundation and soon became the focus of operations for the small non-profit that was making an incredible impact around the world.
In 2002 Rowley created HealthNet to expand IOS Foundation's services to other business networking organizations who were not a part of the original “O” communities. The leaders of Legatus and the Founders Society of Ocean Reef Medical Center partnered with HealthNet to provide HealthNet's services as a benefit to their members. The Founders Society of Baptist Health South Florida quickly followed.
In 2004, IOS Foundation and HealthNet were consolidated under the name of Healthnetwork Foundation. This foundation continues today as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing timely, exclusive access to medical information, wellness programs, mental health resources and top hospitals across the United States. In 2007, a new business networking group, Vistage International, partnered with Healthnetwork Foundation in order to provide their unique services as a benefit to its members. Soon, a new community in Florida, the Boca Grande Health Clinic, partnered with Healthnetwork Foundation and offered its services to their donors. Partnership with Vistage Florida and Vistage Michigan soon followed.
In 2009, a group of Cincinnati based Healthnetwork Foundation donors approached Bill Rowley with the request to open a satellite office in Cincinnati, Ohio. These supporters wanted to bring the concierge model of care to the hospitals within the Cincinnati area. With donations and collaboration between the Healthnetwork Foundation donors, six of the local healthcare systems and matching funds from Healthnetwork Foundation, the Healthnetwork Foundation - Cincinnati office was opened.
Today, Healthnetwork Foundation continues to collaborate with leadership at 50+ of the nation's most-respected hospitals, building philanthropic relationships between these hospitals and CEOs and business leaders, and advancing medical research to improve outcomes for all patients. Through these initiatives, Bill Rowley's original vision of "paying it forward" and goal of providing excellent medical access is a reality.
Healthnetwork Foundation is headquartered in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, and has a satellite office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Photo Credit: Healthnetwork Foundation Founder & Chairman William Rowley