Thompson joins TA-backed medical platform

Former Wisconsin governor and Bush administration cabinet member Tommy Thompson has joined a medical services provider backed by Boston's TA Associates.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary and Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson will lead a medical information and disaster preparedness company, which is backed by Boston-based private equity firm TA Associates.

The company, Logistics Health, announced Wednesday that Thompson joined the company as president on February 23. 

Logistics Health provides health information, medical services and disaster training to individuals and the military. Founded in 1987 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the company also has offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta.

TA Associates invested $72.5 million (€54.2 million) in the company in December 2003. They have invested in other companies in the healthcare sector, including CompBenefits, Gulf South Medical Supply, Invitrogen, MQ Associates, One Call Medical and Preferred Payment Systems.

Thompson was governor of Wisconsin for 14 years, before joining President George W. Bush’s cabinet in 2001. He left the Department of Health and Human Services in January.  

Jonathan Goldstein, managing director at TA, is on the board of directors at Logistic Health.

“The renewed focus by federal and state governments on emergency preparedness and disease control and management, provides many opportunities for LHI,” he said in a statement.

Thompson was Health and Human Services secretary during the anthrax scare of late 2001.