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Ballad partnership promises 500 new jobs; transfers 1100 current positions to Ensemble

Johnson City Press • May 7, 2020 at 12:59 PM

Ballad Health on Thursday announced a partnership with Ensemble Health, “a leading innovator in revenue cycle management,” that could bring up to 500 new jobs to the region. In addition, about 1,100 Ballad Health employees will transition to Ensemble Health.

Employees that perform Ballad Health’s revenue cycle functions (billing, insurance, scheduling, etc.) were notified of the upcoming change yesterday, and the transition was expected to take place immediately, a statement from Ballad said. The partnership will result in the placement of a new Ensemble regional operations service center in the Appalachian Highlands region, eventually employ up to 500 more people here.

“This is a time of hope and opportunity for our region,” Ballad Health chairman and chief executive officer Alan Levine said in a statement. “We are certainly faced with unprecedented challenges, but at the same time, we believe now, more than ever, it is time to look to our region as a good place to invest, a safe place for families, and a place where business can be successful.

“This partnership resulted from innovation and showing the best of what our region has to offer,” Levine said. “Once Ensemble saw it for themselves, they were excited about growing here.”

Ballad Health has utilized various services from Ensemble since 2015, and Ensemble Health Partners currently employs over 5,000 associates, providing services in 36 states and internationally.

“We provide services to health systems all over the United States, and even in Europe,” Judson Ivy, Ensemble founder and chief executive officer, said in a news release. “We could place our newest regional operations service center anywhere, but we chose the Appalachian Highlands as a place we want to invest, grow and become part of the fabric of the community. We could not have done this without the innovative leadership of Ballad Health. They sold us on the region – from the culture and work ethic of the people here in Appalachia to the incredible access to quality education, low cost of living, and the infrastructure, we believe this is an incredible opportunity to become part of the growth story of this region.”

This is a developing story. It will be updated on johnsoncitypress.com. 

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