A former surgeon general for the state of Arkansas has joined Dallas-based well-being company Kindly Human as a strategic adviser.
Dr. Greg Bledsoe served as the state’s surgeon general from 2015-2023. His past roles have included positions at Arkansas Heart Hospital, Align MD, and serving on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.
“Dr. Bledsoe will be an incredible champion for Kindly Human,” co-founder and CEO Cole Egger said in a statement. “His unique background will be key in helping guide our team on strategic and clinical insights around preventative mental health, including the role of government in supporting the mental well-being of workplaces and communities.”
The Kindly Human mental well-being technology platform provides 24/7 preclinical peer support that helps employees navigate the life stressors that many people experience, such as financial, relationship, work, and health concerns, the company said.
A fourth-generation Arkansan, Bledsoe has combined his entrepreneurial business interests (including founding the expedition and wilderness medical education company ExpedMed) with a passion for healthcare.
As a physician and business adviser, he seeks to connect patients with the health resources they need, rather than the most expensive option.
“I’m excited to work with Kindly Human,” Bledsoe said in a statement. “Often in my work as an emergency medicine physician, I’ve thought that my patients needed a kind ear to listen – not a doctor – to help them sort through everyday stressful issues. Kindly Human offers that preclinical, empathetic peer support and can help users manage mental health concerns before they become critical and much more costly healthcare expenses.”
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