DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BridgeHealth International, Inc., a premier health care service provider with a focus on serving businesses for the delivery of international medical care, today announced it had purchased the assets of Medical Tours International (MTI), the nation’s leading professional organization serving North Americans, Canadians and residents of other nations seeking medical care in foreign countries. MTI president and CEO Stephanie Sulger, RN, MS, CIPC, a pioneer and recognized thought-leader in medical tourism, will become vice president of BHI’s Consumer Division. Visit www.medicaltoursinternational.com or www.bridgehealthintl.com.
“MTI’s sophisticated processes and reputation for excellent coordination of medical travel will enhance BridgeHealth’s commitment to serving customers seeking medical treatment abroad,” says Victor Lazzaro, Jr., CEO of BHI which primarily serves health plans, insurance carriers, employers, third party administrators, and individuals accessing benefits via voluntary benefits plans, health card programs or Consumer Directed HealthCare Plans (CDHP). “Stephanie is a recognized spokesperson in the medical tourism marketplace and adds significant industry and clinical expertise to our management team.”
Sulger is a U.S. Registered Nurse who specialized in operating room nursing and staff management until 2002 when she founded MTI. To date, MTI has assisted in the procedure arrangements and travel for several thousand patients seeking dental and surgical procedures in specialties such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, general surgery, cosmetic surgery, GYN, urology, cardiac and vascular surgery and stem cell transplants.
MTI nurse coordinators and health care professionals have arranged medical procedures at health care facilities throughout Costa Rica, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, and India. Hallmarks of their service portfolio are a commitment to patient safety and dedication to offering patients affordable and timely options for accessing medical care outside the United States.
Sulger designed the MTI Traveling Patient Information Packet which provides patients with information and education about their individual procedure prior to leaving the United States, as well as detailed documents regarding travel arrangements. Additionally, she helped develop the International Patient Identifier (IPED) device used to house patient information and reduce the risk of medical errors resulting from lost records or communication errors such as transcription and translation mistakes.
Sulger serves on the Board of Advisors of Consumer Health World and consults with major U.S. health insurance organizations, hospitals, individual practices and hotels on revenue-generating, value-based products for the medical tourism industry. As the hands-on owner of the earliest medical travel company in the U.S., she brings significant industry knowledge to BHI and is quoted widely in high profile U.S. media. A graduate of the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, Troy, NY, Sulger holds a B.S. from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, and an M.S. from Long Island University at West Point, New York.
Expressing confidence in BHI’s business-to-business platform, Sulger says, “BHI’s senior management team represents decades of business experience coupled with extensive understanding of health care operations -- the ideal combination of talent and expertise required for success in the growing global medical tourism industry. As individuals, they care about patients, and as a focused business unit, they recognize the valuable role of nurses in delivering quality patient care.”
BHI arranges cost effective care, easy access, and travel to key destinations where the physicians and medical facilities are of the highest caliber and have Joint Commission International (JCI) – or equivalent – accreditation. BHI’s all-inclusive, transparent pricing plan spans surgery/procedure costs, airfare, lodging, transfers and a full concierge service, and their programs integrate seamlessly with conventional health benefits plans to simplify the medical travel process for patients, employers, and payers alike.
About BridgeHealth International, Inc.
Founded in 2007 and positioned as a leader in the medical tourism industry, BridgeHealth International, Inc. (BHI) maintains a worldwide network of physicians and accredited hospitals, offering priority customer service, significant savings on high value medical procedures, and outcome-based measurement systems. BHI primarily serves health plans, insurance carriers, employers, third party administrators, and individuals accessing benefits via voluntary benefits plans, health card programs or Consumer Directed HealthCare Plans (CDHP), as well as consumers seeking medical travel options. Visit www.bridgehealthintl.com or www.medicaltoursinternational.com.