WATERTOWN, Mass., June 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of network-enabled services for hospital and ambulatory customers nationwide, today announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a process to explore strategic alternatives. As part of this process, the Board will consider a sale, merger or other transaction involving the Company as well as continuing as an independent company. In addition, the Company announced that Jonathan Bush has stepped down as President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the athenahealth Board, effective immediately. Accordingly, in parallel to having discussions with third parties regarding a potential business combination, the athenahealth Board has initiated a search process to identify qualified CEO candidates. The Board’s strategic exploration process is designed to maximize shareholder value and better position athenahealth to capitalize on its premier healthcare technology platform.
To support the Company’s operations and ensure a smooth transition as the Board conducts its strategic review, Jeff Immelt, Chairman of athenahealth, has been appointed Executive Chairman, Marc Levine, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer, will assume greater day-to-day operational responsibilities and oversight, and current Board member Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., will be advising the Executive Leadership Team on data strategy within her role as a director.
Mr. Immelt said, “athenahealth is the most universally connected healthcare network in the country, and we believe there remains significant, unrealized value in the Company. To ensure athenahealth maximizes shareholder value and is best positioned to realize the full potential of its premier healthcare technology platform, the Board has authorized a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives, including a potential sale or merger or continuing as an independent company under new leadership. We approach this process with an open mind and a commitment to continuing to strengthen the company – including its rich data asset, platform strategy, and culture of innovation. We are fully focused on serving the best interests of our shareholders, employees and clients.”