Strategic Partnerships Lead
Johnny de Gruiter serves as Strategic Partnerships Lead at CareQuest Innovation Partners. In his role, Johnny is coalescing a network of change agents in oral health. He brings together entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, care providers, payers, and community partners through their mutual commitment to making oral health more accessible, equitable, and integrated for everyone.
Over the last 10 years, Johnny has led M&A, business development, and strategic initiatives in corporate, consulting, and startup sector roles. He is passionate about leveraging the intersection of healthcare and technology to improve health equity and advocates for innovation to be applied with a DEI lens. At Equal Health, he built direct primary care physician networks and business partnerships that reduced costs and improved access to high-quality care. With Dignity Health Global Education (DHGE), he partnered with health systems to improve patient outcomes through SDOH (social determinants of health)-aligned learning and development programs. His time at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and USAP focused on expanding patient access to specialists through joint ventures and acquisitions.
Johnny is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and holds an MBA with a concentration in finance and certificates in health care analytics and innovation. He has academic journal publications in Appetite and Brain Research focusing on olfactory bulbectomy impact on feeding response to 2-deoxy-D-glucose. He is a member of the South Florida Black Professionals Network and South Florida Tech Hub.
Johnny really likes spreadsheets, motorcycles, and beach time with his dog.