Entrepreneurship in Healthcare: Why Cheryl Kerr founded MedEx

We spoke with the MedEx team to learn a little more about all they're up to. Read to learn more about the work of one of our members.

Cheryl Kerr is the founder and managing director of MedEx Health Services, a multidisciplinary healthcare company that provides rehabilitation and home healthcare services with expansion on the horizon. 

Kerr came to Canada from Jamaica in 1984.  She settled in Montreal where she did her nurse training. After completing her training, she moved to Ontario, but was unable to practice nursing due to local laws preventing nurses from practicing without re-certification if they came from another province. This led her into the paramedical industry, where she worked with several of the large corporations within the healthcare space. 

After garnering many years of experience, she decided to venture out on her own and founded MedEx Health Services in 2008 with operations both in Canada and the U.S. 

MedEx  provides an array of services to employers, government agencies, hospitals, schools,  residential care facilities, homebound individuals, the insurance industry, the legal community, along with private clients. They are also accredited with Accreditation Canada and governed by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA).

They take an integrated approach to well-being, offering care across wide ranging patient experiences respectively under their disability management and home healthcare arms. Their Home Healthcare division offers medication reconciliation, nursing, PSW and home services. The bespoke clinical practice offers chiropractic care, physiotherapy, massage therapy, occupational therapy, naturopathic care, along with in-house psychotherapy and psychology services. 

“The only thing we don’t offer is surgery,” Kerr jokes. 

“We want to make sure we’re able to help patients get back to their highest level of activity of daily living–physically, mentally and emotionally.” 

This goal grounds the quality of client centric care they provide, bringing together a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, all dedicated to getting people back to their best–whether in the clinic, the workplace, in the comfort of their clients’ homes, or virtually. 

Being a black owned company and a diversity employer, MedEx seeks to collaborate with family physicians and specialists within the BPAO to enhance the delivery of culturally adaptive care to enable better outcomes and health equity for our community. As a Harry Jerome Entrepreneur award winner and 100 ABC Women recipient, the advancement of our community is core to Kerr’s philosophy.

With potential acquisitions in the pipeline, MedEx’s team of 80 continues to grow organically to meet the complex needs of their clients and the healthcare sector at large. 

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