Houston, TX, August 5, 2020 — As an innovative leader in digestive health, Vivante Health is excited to announce Bucknell University has signed on to provide digestive disease health support to its employees and their families. The university rolled out GIThrive, our all-in-one digital platform for gut health, in June 2020.
A private liberal arts college located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bucknell serves about 3,600 undergraduate and 150 graduate students each year. With 2,500 employees and dependents, the university was interested in providing additional wellness benefits to its employees and their families across the digestive health spectrum. They were also surprised to learn how much of their healthcare claims costs were actually attributable to diseases across the digestive health spectrum.
“When we first talked with NFP about Bucknell University, they let us know that digestive health conditions were extremely prevalent and costly for the University,” says Paul Elsass, Senior VP of Commerce for Vivante Health. “Digestive diseases include dozens of conditions, from GERD to hemorrhoids, so there are a number of insurance codes to consider. We helped them get their arms around their total digestive health spend and offered solutions to help reduce that spend.”
With GIThrive, Bucknell employees and their families have access to an interactive app designed to help members self-manage their digestive conditions. With features like educational articles, food diaries and access to live support from a team of registered dietitians and health coaches, GIThrive members benefit from personalized, confidential care.
To get started, employees and their eligible dependents at companies who have signed with Vivante simply sign in to the app and complete a profile. The program is easy to use and backed with outcomes-based clinical recommendations and support.
Personalized Help to Manage Gut Disease
“Digestive disease can be an intensely personal struggle. People with gut conditions are more likely to feel under the weather at work, which can cut into overall well-being and productivity, so our care support focuses on the individual,” explains Nichol Oliverio, Vivante Health’s VP of Client Success. “We work closely with our client employers to encourage their employees to regularly use GIThrive and take advantage of what we can do at Vivante Health to help people feel better. Bucknell’s benefit managers have been doing a great job supporting staff engagement with GIThrive.”
“We’re excited to assist so many people in the Bucknell family on their journey to feeling better from the inside out,” says Elsass. “We look forward to working closely with the human resources team to continue reducing the burden of digestive health within their employee community.”
About Vivante Health
Vivante Health is an innovative digital healthcare company reinventing the way chronic conditions are managed, gut first. Our all-in-one digital gut health program, GIThrive, empowers people to improve digestive health, while lowering their cost of care. Learn more at vivantehealth.com.
About Bucknell University
Bucknell is a national university where liberal arts and professional programs complement each other through the intersection of three nationally recognized colleges: Arts & Sciences, Engineering and the Freeman College of Management. Founded in 1846 in Lewisburg, PA, Bucknell offers more than 60 majors and 70 minors in a residential, co-curricular environment. Its more than 3,600 undergraduate students work closely with a world-class faculty in small classes, transformative undergraduate research projects and experiences that take learning beyond the classroom, preparing them for a lifetime of critical thinking characterized by continued intellectual exploration, creativity and imagination. For more information, visit https://www.bucknell.edu/.