The Boss: He’s no Spine Surgeon, but Travis Messina was Always Destined for Health Care
Nashville Business Journal, January 8, 2021
Eight years ago, Travis Messina left the world of investment banking for Vanguard Health Systems, under the leadership of Nashville health care veterans such as Charlie Martin and Phil Roe. When Vanguard sold for $4.3 billion in 2013, Messina joined Martin’s private equity firm, before branching out on his own two years later to found Contessa Health, a home health startup backed by Martin Ventures. Contessa saw steady growth until the Covid-19 pandemic caused demand to skyrocket as hospitals scrambled to free up beds. Now, Messina says every health system is evaluating its home health strategy, while government officials look to make the service more accessible. Nashville Business Journal sat down with Messina to find out what 2020 was like at Contessa, what he’s looking forward to doing once the pandemic is over and which movie genre category he would dominate in Jeopardy.
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