Hugh Lytle

Founder & CEO


Hugh Lytle is a serial entrepreneur and self-described healthcare rebel. The common thread throughout his 25 years of healthcare leadership is a focus on health service innovations with a strong social mission and a desire to bring systemic change to the U.S. health care system.

As founder, chairman and CEO of Equality Health, Hugh works with managed care plans and health systems to deliver a new model of care to ethnic and underserved communities. With focus on culturally-competent provider networks, social and behavioral innovations, and mobile patient platforms, Equality brings a higher level of healthcare access and quality for populations that have had a hard time integrating into the one-size-fits-all U.S. healthcare system.

Prior to founding Equality Health, Hugh co-founded Univita Health, a complex care management business that improves the coordination and effectiveness of post-acute care delivery. As president and CEO, he helped build Univita into a national platform, serving over six million commercially-insured, working-age Medicare and Medicaid patients.

He also co-founded Axia Health Management, the nation’s leading population health management company, and the first single source provider of preventive health and wellness benefits for employers and health plans. Their Silver Sneakers program is the country’s leading fitness program for seniors, serving over two million participants.

In addition to creating three successful health management companies, Hugh’s experience includes executive positions at CVS Health and Xerox. He holds an MBA from Butler University (1995) and a BA in economics from the University of Indianapolis (1989). Hugh is a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona Eller School of Management; a principal with StarWest Ventures, a strategic healthcare advisory firm; and a former independent board director for Great Call, Inc. He also serves on several healthcare advisory boards.