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Eric Lefkofsky’s Tempus Processes Breast Cancer Data for the Chicago Medical School

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Many of us contribute to organizations dedicated to cancer research in hopes that our money will help find a cure and this is a good idea.However, something we don’t often realize is that the data gathered by all this cancer research to which we contribute is not lodged in some central location, available to all medical personnel for analysis and research. The organizations that conduct research own the information and though they certainly use it to the best of their abilities, it is of limited usefulness because of the curtailed number of people who can access the data.

Enter Eric Lefkofsky. Lefkofshy realized that there was a great amount of cancer data floating around hospitals and medical centers that was not being exploited by a wide audience. He founded a company, Tempus, to take all the little bits of data floating around in an environment and organize it into information.Currently, Lefkofsky is on a project for the University of Chicago School of Medicine to take the data of over 1000 breast cancer patients, organize it into a useful format, and make it available to all personnel authorized by the university. This is a large step forward for breast cancer practitioners.

As a rule, physicians have only the information of their own patients and that of published studies on which to base their treatment. This limited experience and exposure equally limits the information a particular doctor can bring into treatment decisions. With this large sampling, researchers and physicians at the University of Chicago will have a very large, well-organized body of information available. They can use this as a basis for future research, for treatment options and for creating a foundation for future analysis.Eric Lefofsky is a bit of an anomaly in the medical world. He has a degree in law from the prestigious University of Michigan and is the founder of Groupon, a universe of discount coupons to everything from blue jeans to ocean voyages. Lefofsky has served as a trustee of the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, the Chicago Art Institute and the Steppenwold Theater among many other charitable and professional involvements.


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Northstar Health Care Center Becomes Nobilis Health Corporation and Soars to the Top

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On December 5, 2014, Northstar Healthcare Inc became Nobilis Health Corporation. According to their president, Harry Fleming, the name change was necessary for the successful entry into major U.S. capital markets. Northstar began in 2007,in Houston, Texas. Northstar Healthcare only managed 7 centers in Arizona and Texas. In total, within Dallas, Texas and Scottsdale, Arizona, the two cities had two ambulatory surgical centers apiece. Northstar only had one urgent care and two MRI centers. Since December 2014, as Noblis, this health care agency has started serving six more facilities in Arizona and spread out into such states as Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee and New Jersey. Fleming hopes that Noblis acquires many more states. There are several other Northstar Health Care centers in the United States. Harry Fleming and his board members decided to avoid the confusion. In its first year as Nobilis Health Corporation,it purchased Victory Medical Center from a company that recently filed for bankruptcy after opening the center in 2011. The goal for Nobilis is to have low cost, minimally invasive surgery . Harry Flemming quickly entered Nobilis in the New York Stock Exchange. Nobilis closed at $12.1 million, making between $33 million to $35 million according to Google Finance by the close of the first quarter of 2015. Nobilis continued to have good fortune in the year 2015. By the end of the first quarter, Nobilis had closed GE Capital’s $25 million debt. Towards the end of the second quarter, Nobilis was pleased to announce it had reached $48.9 million according to Yahoo Finance. Nobilis used the capital to help finance their investments for the year. In October, Russell Stanley who works as a market analyst for Mackie Research Capital, noticed this past year was not a good year for worldwide markets. He believed that Nobilis could be an exception. Stanley said that Nobilis Health Corp. (NHC-TSX) was his top pick for the 4th quarter period ending on December 31, 2015. By the end of the fiscal year, Nobilis’ stocks have outdone S&P 500 by over 10 percent. In the recent year, Nobilis owns over 100 surgical centers in Dallas and Houston, Texas. They currently own 9 hospitals. In July, Nobilis had a ribbon cutting ceremony for Plano Hospital. In 2013, when it was still North Star, Nobilis began to fund Pinky Swear, a non profit organization for children with cancer. The first year, Nobilis was involved with the organization, they raised $7 million.