May 3rd, 2016

SISC and Grand Rounds Partner to Bring High-Quality Health Care to 120,000 Educational Professionals Across California

— Partnership to provide enhanced care outcomes and experience to over 265,000 educators and dependents through the SISC school district pool —

SAN FRANCISCO – (May 3, 2016) – Grand Rounds, the leader in identifying high-quality health care providers and connecting patients with these physicians, today – on National Teacher Appreciation Day – announced its partnership with Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC) to enhance the quality of care received by its members.

Through its Grand Rounds relationship, SISC provides their members with access to the most qualified local physicians for in-person office visits and to national physician experts for remote opinions. The SISC program officially launched April 1, 2016, following a series of educational workshops with SISC leadership.

“Our membership spans over 400 school districts throughout the state of California. This means our members are experiencing varying levels of health care provider availability,” said Nick G. Kouklis, Chief Executive Officer of SISC. “Education professionals face tight schedules and budgets. Our members don’t necessarily have the time or data required to identify suitable physicians. If we can give every member equal access to premier health care, we are supporting member health which can also help the mission of each member district.”

“Grand Rounds helps SISC members see high-quality local physicians and provides virtual access to top experts nationwide. We are thrilled to partner with Grand Rounds in making top-notch care available to all of our members, regardless of where they live,” Kouklis added.

“From our founding until today, we’ve significantly invested in our data-driven approach to identifying high-quality physicians. We are honored to be in a position to help SISC and its members get to great health and health care,” said Owen Tripp, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Rounds. “Exceptional care and cost containment are not at odds. With the right program, it’s just the opposite. Avoiding health care waste puts educators and dollars back in the classroom, improving the lives of this generation and the next.”

Grand Rounds is proud to serve SISC and other progressive school consortia including 40,000-member Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium and Racine Unified School District.

The Grand Rounds solution offers immediate savings, and a unique opportunity to manage health care spend in a way that enhances the member’s care outcomes and experience.

About SISC

SISC was established in 1979. We operate as a public school Joint Powers Authority (JPA) administered by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office. We are the largest public school pool in the United States with over 300,000 members. Our size allows us to obtain the best benefits at the lowest cost for our members.

Pooling resources provides schools with a more stable long term insurance solution than purchasing from commercial carriers that may be competitive today and out of reach tomorrow. SISC provides a very cost effective rate environment that is reflected in our commitment to preventing losses and controlling expenditures. This keeps millions of dollars in the classroom that would have otherwise been paid out in premiums.

Our Goal is to provide the best coverage and service to our members while keeping costs affordable and stable. SISC is run in the best interest of our membership. Our focus is on the value we provide to our members—not politics or a profit margin.

About Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds’ vision is to create a path to great health and health care, for everyone, everywhere. Founded in 2011, the company provides an employer-based platform that delivers improved outcomes for patients and their families. It does this through an end-to-end solution that connects patients with care informed by the latest and best practices—preventing and correcting misdiagnoses and unnecessary or failed treatments. Recently named second among Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work, Grand Rounds helps restore individual health and quality of life, and offers employers lower health care spend and higher employee productivity. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @GrandRoundsInc.