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Changing the World and Giving Back

Joel Barthelemy is Dedicated to a Life of Service

Joel Barthelemy, founder and CEO of GlobalMed, has changed the face of healthcare with quality and timely care for thousands of people around the globe.

“I saw what was going on with healthcare—people unable to access what they needed—and I knew I didn't want to be an elderly patient in that system,” he says. “I wanted to take what I knew in the field of technology and apply it to healthcare.”

So, in 2002, he founded GlobalMed.

GlobalMed offers virtual healthcare solutions and enables clinicians with the most advanced health platform to provide care to patients no matter the place or time. Under Barthelemy’s leadership, GlobalMed has improved the delivery of healthcare in over 100 countries. The technology is used by the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as by the past three administrations for the president of the United States. 

Barthelemy, who originally hails from Minnesota, moved to Arizona in 1993 and fell in love with the weather and the friendly business climate.

“It took me 19 years before I actually realized I wasn't on vacation,” he says. “Waking up to blue skies and sunshine every day.”

He also met his wife, Shannon, in Arizona. They have been married for over 23 years and have three sons: Jorryn, 22; Drew, 19; and Grayson, 17. 

Barthelemy’s commitment to service and giving back began at a young age. At 21, he joined the Marine Corps. His father was in the army, but Barthelemy says it was two other men who influenced his decision to join the Marines.

“My uncle and my best friend's dad were Marines and they always stood out to me as exceptional men.”

Today, he continues that mission of giving back. GlobalMed supports organizations such as Toys for Tots, Blanket the City, Wounded Warrior Project, the Diaper Bank of Central Arizona, and Phoenix Theatre—to name just a small few. He also sits on the board of Sun Health Services, the Arizona Bioindustry Association, and the Health Futures Council at ASU.

Barthelemy is also an ambassador to the Veterans’ Medical Leadership Council (VMLC), an organization that is particularly near and dear to his heart. Every year, the VMLC hosts the Heroes Patriotic Luncheon, and GlobalMed has served as its presenting sponsor for several years. This year’s luncheon will be held on Nov. 10 at the Arizona Biltmore.

VMLC’s mission is to ensure quality medical and mental healthcare for veterans in the Maricopa County area. The organization encourages initiatives that honor the contributions made to the city, state, and nation by veterans and the men and women serving in the U.S. military forces. They are committed to providing much-needed financial support to veterans in need. 

“I am so moved by this organization. What they do leaves me speechless,” Barthelemy says. “It's truly an honor to be a part of this luncheon.”