Weber Shandwick Acquires ReviveHealth; Unites Global Pharma Communications Expertise with Deep Health Services & Health Technology Capabilities

Thursday 07 January, 2016

NEW YORK – Weber Shandwick, a wholly owned unit of Interpublic (NYSE: IPG) and one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms, has acquired ReviveHealth, one of the industry’s premier integrated marketing communications firms for health systems, health services and health technology in the United States. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Weber Shandwick is a global industry leader in healthcare communications with deep specialisation in patient-centric strategies around complex health and treatment issues. The acquisition combines Weber Shandwick’s global expertise in pharma, provider communications, scientific communications, and health public affairs with ReviveHealth’s unrivaled specialisation and focus on the business of healthcare, including health systems, health services, health technology, device and diagnostic companies, physician groups, and wellness and population health companies.

“We’re extremely pleased to add another best-in-class firm that complements Weber Shandwick’s integrated service offerings and that adds specialised expertise our clients are seeking,” said Andy Polansky, CEO of Weber Shandwick.

Healthcare has been among Weber Shandwick’s fastest growing practice areas.

“Combining Weber Shandwick’s global expertise in pharma communications with ReviveHealth’s expertise in navigating extremely complex B2B issues across all sectors in the healthcare delivery system creates a powerful consumer-and-business-facing healthcare offering for our clients,” said Laura Schoen, president, Global Healthcare Practice and chair, Latin America, Weber Shandwick. “We saw a unique opportunity with ReviveHealth to combine capabilities and provide strategic, integrated communications that influence stakeholders at every point of the healthcare ecosystem.”

ReviveHealth is headquartered in Nashville, the leading health services market in the U.S., and also has offices in Minneapolis and Santa Barbara. Roger Fischer of RF Consulting, LLC served as transaction advisor to ReviveHealth.

“The healthcare industry has been changing so fast in recent years, and our clients’ needs continue to change, too,” said Brandon Edwards, CEO of ReviveHealth. “Consolidations in the hospital health plan and pharmaceutical sectors are driving massive change in the industry, and the convergence of healthcare financing and healthcare delivery has accelerated since the Affordable Care Act became law. Bigger and more sophisticated healthcare companies require more sophisticated marketing communication strategies, combined with the expertise to navigate the intersection of regulation, business, mission and social change. Joining the Weber Shandwick family accelerates our agency transformation and brings capabilities into the mix that increase our value to our clients. Branding, digital strategy, content marketing, public affairs and other deep capabilities that Weber Shandwick has invested in will be hugely important to our current and future clients.”