February 2, 2017

On Resilience: How Jessica Harthcock Turned A Tragic Sports Accident Into A Healthcare Revolution

Jessica Harthcock, MEd’14, was 17 years old when she suffered a devastating sports-related injury, which ultimately paralyzed her from the chest down.  She soon became very aware of the gaps in care quality care for patients with neurological conditions. To address those issues, she started Utilize Health, a specialty care coordination solution that guides patients through the healthcare system, ensuring they reach maximal outcomes and health plans see a cost savings in their care.  Today, she’s the CEO of a two million dollar company that she built from the ground up. In the interview, she describes her journey as a patient, CEO and advocate.

This question and answer piece from Forbes focuses on Utilize Health and Jessica’s experience leading the company. Jessica is also a mentor at The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s new epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship.