Colibri Group (“Colibri”), an education company with leading brands that provide online learning solutions to licensed professionals, is pleased to announce it has closed on an investment in Fitzgerald Health Education Associates (FHEA), an international provider of nurse practitioner (NP) certification preparation and continuing education for healthcare providers. Fitzgerald Health Co-founder and President Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald will continue to lead the business and will join Colibri Group’s leadership team. The rest of the Fitzgerald Health management team will also remain in place.
“We are excited to join Colibri Group and to leverage its strong technology platform and online education capabilities,” said Dr. Fitzgerald, who is also the principal lecturer with Fitzgerald Health Education Associates. “This aligns perfectly with our goal of continuing to expand our highly regarded online learning for nurse practitioners across the country and internationally.”
Headquartered in North Andover, Massachusetts, Fitzgerald Health has grown to become a high quality source of nurse practitioner education over the last thirty years, focusing on knowledge and skills-building. The nursing profession, and in particular, the nurse practitioner sector, is one of the fastest growing careers with many opportunities for specialized learning and career paths.
“We are thrilled that Fitzgerald Health, with its long-standing track record of providing high quality education to the nursing and NP industry, will be joining our group of companies,” said Mike Duran, CEO of Colibri Group. “We have been looking for a compelling opportunity to expand more deeply in nurse practitioner education and are pleased to have Fitzgerald Health join our current healthcare brands to help manage and advance the careers of working professionals. Dr. Fitzgerald and her team have done a remarkable job building out deep expertise in certification and continuing education for nurse practitioners, and we’re are excited to be working with them to support their growth strategies going forward.”
Fitzgerald Health is the latest investment Colibri Group has made to expand the universe of licensed professionals it serves. Colibri Group is backed by Gridiron Capital, LLC (“Gridiron Capital”), a leading investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams.
ABOUT COLIBRI GROUP
Colibri Group helps millions of licensed professionals manage and advance their careers through online learning solutions for licensing, continuing education and professional development, all powered by our proprietary ColibriConnect technology platform. ColibriConnect, a cloud-based platform, connects professionals with real-time information that is easily accessed from a user-friendly dashboard. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Colibri Group offers a seamless experience to help licensed professionals progress throughout their careers, focused on licensing, continuing education, industry news, and job opportunities for healthcare, real estate, and financial services, among other professions.
Our leading brands include Securities Training Corporation, XCEL Solutions, Elite Learning, Western Schools, Advance Healthcare Network, Real Estate Express, Allied Schools, McKissock Learning, The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, and Superior School of Real Estate. Visit colibrigroup.com for more information.
ABOUT FITZGERALD HEALTH EDUCATION ASSOCIATES
Founded in 1988, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates (FHEA) helps nurse practitioners (NPs/APRNs) and RNs prepare for the licensing and certification exams required for practice through in-depth review courses, testing, and additional exam preparation materials. In fact, the Fitzgerald review has helped more than 120,000 NPs achieve certification. Fitzgerald provides pharmacology and clinical continuing education (CE) to sharpen prescribing and clinical skills and maintain certification to over 15,000 NPs per year. Comprehensive, current, and convenient Fitzgerald courses are available in live, online or recorded formats. Proven Fitzgerald courses, such as Pathophysiology, Clinical Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment, are used to complement university NP curriculums efficiently and effectively. Fitzgerald testing packages help track student progress and identify areas where further education is needed.
ABOUT GRIDIRON CAPITAL
Gridiron Capital is an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, and creating value by building middle-market companies into industry-leaders in branded consumer, B2B and B2C services, and niche industrial segments in the United States and Canada. We help transform growing companies by winning together through hard work, partnerships grounded in shared values and a unique culture that comes from hands-on experience building and running businesses. As a team led by former operators and entrepreneurs, we know what it takes to run successful businesses on a day-to-day basis. Additional information is available on the firm’s website: www.gridironcapital.com