Health Check to expand to Mississippi

Health Check
Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM.

Health Check, one of the county’s largest private employers, announced last week that it will be doubling its size with an expansion that will take it to Mississippi.

President and CEO Carole Kelly said the company would maintain its location in Overstreet, where the company employs 50 full-time workers.

That location in time, Kelly said, will cease to be company headquarters and become a satellite location for the company, which performs audits for hospitals to ensure they are receiving proper reimbursement from insurance companies.

But after months of considering expanding the company’s operations locally, Kelly said she made a business decision to expand to Oxford, MS, where she said the talent pool was more robust and the reception for the company’s arrival more embracing than what it has been her experience in Gulf County.

“You’ve heard of the Forgotten Coast, well we are the forgotten company,” Kelly said to a group that included county, Port St. Joe, Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Alliance officials. “We are the highest technology company you can get. We are sitting in your backyard.”

However, she said the company feels almost an afterthought to local elected officials.

Further she said infrastructure problems and workforce issues forced the company to look elsewhere.

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