Qliance Medical Management Inc. — a Seattle-based primary care provider originally backed by the likes of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — is shutting down, according to sources cited by The Puget Sound Business Journal.
The last day of operation for the company’s primary care clinics will be Friday, June 1, according to an employee who spoke to the newspaper anonymously. Qliance CEO Erika Bliss told the PSBJ the company will officially close its doors June 15, two weeks after the clinics shut down.
Qliance has not responded to GeekWire’s requests for comment.
Qliance was originally a well-funded startup, with a total of $33 million raised in 2013. The company’s backers included Bezos, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, Zillow Chairman Rich Barton, comedian and Seattle Sounders owner Drew Carey, Dell founder Michael Dell and others.
Last March, the company was bought out by Bliss and president Cheryl Kilodavis.
Bliss told GeekWire in an interview three weeks ago that she and Kilodavis wanted to keep the company under their own control, and said they were looking for alternative funding sources to investments. She said they had difficulty finding sources of funding outside the traditional venture capital world.
In an internal memo from Bliss obtained by the PSBJ, she said the company was unable to find the funding to last them until they were able to find new contracts.
A small team from Qliance will help transition patient needs to other providers over the next month, the memo said. It also said the company will be helping patients with essential services including urgent care and prescription needs.