Gulf Power joins with local entrepreneurial and economic development efforts to foster technology company’s growth.
PANAMA CITY, Florida – What started out as a very small start-up with big ideas is now an expanding healthcare technology company growing by 100 jobs.
Jellyfish Health LLC, a health care technology company that makes health care more convenient for patients, staff and physicians, announced on Aug. 24 that it is expanding its operations in Panama City, Fla. Jellyfish Health is creating 100 new jobs at an average annual wage of $70,000 with the majority of new jobs focused on software development. The new jobs will have an average wage that is more than 200 percent of the current average in Bay County, Florida.
Jellyfish provides innovative technology that reduces wait times for patients, automates workflow for staff and boosts loyalty to healthcare facilities by creating a better patient experience. This innovative solution works by providing transparency about wait times to the patient through their mobile device.
“Let’s face it, waiting sucks – and what’s worse is it’s totally avoidable,” said Dave Dyell, president and CEO of Jellyfish Health.
“Jellyfish Health is all about helping make life easier for patients and the caregivers that take care of them. We bring that same philosophy to the workplace by giving employees an opportunity to explore their passion along with competitive pay and a flexible work schedule.”
During Jellyfish’s first years of conception and operation, the company utilized the Business Innovation Center, a Panama City-based organization that provides a supportive environment to emerging innovation-based enterprises through a structured program model increasing the probability of success. In September 2014, Jellyfish began working with the BIC using its business incubation program.
“Entrepreneurs need to focus on developing their product and growing their business, not the administrative details,” said Jennifer Conoley, Gulf Power’s Economic Development representative in Panama City and chairperson of the BIC. “By utilizing our business incubation program, the company is offered lower cost operating space with access to support services, workshops and mentors, creating an environment for the business to launch and thrive.”
When Jellyfish graduated from the BIC’s incubation program this year, they had 16 employees and began operating in 1,800 square feet of space in downtown Panama City. Because of the continued success of their product, the company needed more intellectual and physical capacity, allowing the Bay Economic Development Alliance to begin working with Jellyfish.
To protect the company’s confidentiality, the expansion project also went by the name, Project Snapper. The expansion effort was coordinated by the Bay EDA in partnership with Enterprise Florida, the University of West Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bay County Board of County Commissioners, City of Panama City, CareerSource Florida, CareerSource Gulf Coast and Gulf Coast State College.
“We are extremely happy that Jellyfish Health has chosen to stay in downtown Panama City and expand its operations here,” said Clint Mizell, chairman of the Bay EDA. “This is a company that could have expanded anywhere. The fact that they are creating a significant number of high wage technology jobs in Bay County is a great win for our local economy.”