Healthgrades Operating Company Inc., known as Healthgrades, is a US company that provides information about physicians, hospitals and health care providers. Healthgrades has amassed information on over 3 million U.S. health care providers. The company was founded by Kerry Hicks and is based in Denver, Colorado. Scott Booker serves as the companys CEO. According to USA Today, Healthgrades is the first comprehensive physician rating and comparison database. Kerry Hicks founded Healthgrades in 1998. Prior to founding Healthgrades, Hicks served as CEO of its predecessor company, Specialty Care Network. In 2008, Healthgrades acquired Ailjor, an online healthcare directory. Healthcare providers had the ability to display their business information on the website for the community to view. In 2009, Healthgrades worked with over 400 hospitals in the United States. An affiliate of Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm, acquired Healthgrades in 2010. Healthgrades merged with CPM Marketing Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based company that provides customer relationship management solutions to hospitals. CPM Marketing became CPM Healthgrades, a division of Healthgrades and now operates as Healthgrades Hospital Solutions group. The merger created a single online company with more than 200 million visitors annually.