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This Kohler director has a new side job in health care

Rachel Kohler has spent most of her career running parts of the family business, the high-end plumbing products company based in the Wisconsin town that also shares her name. Past a certain point in life, though, she wanted to do something besides sell luxury fixtures to wealthy people.

A few years ago, through her board-level connections​ at the University of Chicago—she earned her MBA there in 1989—she met Dr. Stacy Lindau, and a new avenue opened up. Lindau, a gynecologist and professor at University of Chicago Medicine, is the founder and chief innovation officer at NowPow, a health care startup in Hyde Park that links patients with complex medical problems to social services agencies and support organizations that can help them regain their health and stay out of the hospital. Kohler is co-owner and CEO.

The firm hires from the South and Southwest sides, says Lindau, 49. Indeed, the office staff is a youthful array of black, Hispanic and Asian faces. "We generate a tax base for this community," she says. "We have a chance of paying back our original investment." That investment was a grant of $5.9 million in 2012 from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Center, a creation of the Affordable Care Act intended to jump-start fresh approaches to solving health care bottlenecks.

NowPow had 35 employees in June. By mid-July it had grown to 53.

Article: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...hronically-ill
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