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what is Agate Point?

Agate Point is the northern tip of Bainbridge Island, Washington. The passage was named for Alfred Thomas Agate in 1841. He was the designated portrait and botanical artist on the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1843. His detailed illustrations of the  native peoples still provide insights into the cultures of pacific islanders and native peoples of the US pacific coast in the mid 19th century.  The area around Agate Passage has been inhabited for over 10,000 years and was the home of Chief Seattle.  

Agate Point Consulting LLC was formed in 2011 when Ed Butler relaunched his consulting practice after retiring early from GE Healthcare.  The name of the company was adopted from its initial street address. The name signified recognition of a new starting point. Since its founding, the company has been a reliable partner to many of Seattle’s  health innovators, with global impact. 




Ed Butler, Founder and Managing Director


Ed Butler has held leadership roles in the healthcare industry for 25 years, including payers, large healthcare delivery systems, physician practices, and government health programs.  Ed has been a hands-on producer his entire career, and is comfortable in  individual contributor roles and in formal management roles.

Over the years, Ed has developed relationships with a network of independent consultants and with companies he has worked with and with whom he has built trust. Collaboratively with client organizations, we can mobilize the necessary resources for most projects.

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Why Agate Point

Pragmatic Methods

We bring unique insights and a methods toolbox for abstracting situations for strategic insight.


Our prize-winning integration skills combine multiple perspectives and complement clients’ capabiliites,

Cross-Industry understanding

Our experience working with hospitals, physician groups, insurance companies, government agencies, life science researches, and suppliers provides empathy.