When a worker on a remote island in the South Pacific had a heart attack, a physician and a nurse were there from Remote Medical International to treat his symptoms. Within hours, Remote Medical operations specialists back at the company’s Seattle headquarters secured a plane and a crew to fly the man 2,400 miles to a Honolulu hospital for treatment, where he survived.
A U.S. medical station in Antarctica wanted to consolidate from multiple subcontractors into a seamless, integrated operation. Remote Medical set up 24-hour telemedicine consultants for physicians on the ground and built two ambulances custom-designed for the arctic conditions.
Remote Medical International offers comprehensive medical services tailored to its clients’ needs and has served companies and individuals in remote locations on every continent. Now, with $8 million from a Seattle investment firm, Remote Medical will broaden its global reach, enter new markets and secure a unique advantage in the competitive field of remote medical services.
The new capital is coming from Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Management, which already owns 23 hospitals in India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia through a related company, Columbia Asia. In an innovative partnership, Remote Medical will use Columbia Asia hospitals as its base of operations in Asia.
“Together, Columbia Pacific and Remote Medical will utilize a chain of strategically located hospitals and a sophisticated team of health experts to deliver quality care, advanced medical training, pharmaceuticals, telemedicine and medical equipment virtually anywhere there is a need,” said Brian Vincent, CEO of Remote Medical International. “This results in a continuity of care for our clients from remote areas to local communities.”
“We invested in Remote Medical because we saw an opportunity to combine the strengths of both companies,” said Brandon Baty, who oversees Columbia Pacific’s Asia investments. “Remote Medical is a company that fills an important need across the globe, and our investment will help the company expand and meet its full potential.”
Founded in 2003, Remote Medical International has approximately 100 employees and is based in Seattle. Customers are primarily involved in industrial, offshore, and international industries and include energy companies, global logistics providers, research teams, military and law enforcement groups, governments, maritime companies, philanthropic foundations and executive services for high-net-worth individuals.
Brian Vincent said that Remote Medical International expects to grow more than 60 percent this year, and to meet that goal, the company will need to expand its workforce. “We are looking for medical professionals, particularly EMTs and paramedics, who have practical experience working in remote locations,” he said. “We are also looking for employees in operations, sales and customer support. Our company culture is grounded in a personal passion for outdoor adventure, and we intend to keep it that way.”
The capital investment will allow Remote Medical to be more efficient in providing a wide variety of services.
“We deliver integrated medical services to assist our clients in maintaining a healthy and safe working environment,” Vincent said. “The affiliation with Columbia Pacific strengthens our ability to provide a total solution to clients around the world.”