Medford Medical Clinic in southern Oregon aligns with Providence

March 08, 2016

Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive of clinical services and Providence Medical Group

On February 29 the Medford Medical Clinic formally joins the Providence Medical Group clinics in what is a major shift in the existing primary care work force within southern Oregon.

MMC has been a well-regarded, strong, and independent member of the southern Oregon medical community for nearly three decades. But after recognizing that a strategic alliance could provide major improvements in patient care coordination, program development, and access to resources, MMC leadership decided to seek a more permanent delivery system partner.

The cultural connection with Providence around achieving the Triple Aim of improving the patient experience, clinical outcomes, and affordability was immediately obvious to MMC. The vision to move care to a preventive, and whenever possible, ambulatory setting was a shared goal between the two organizations. So what began as a “how can we work better together” conversation ended up as a “merger” conversation.

The two groups have a shared desire to offer greater value to the communities we serve by managing a population using predictive analytic tools, disease management programs and team- based care. Our teams – which include case managers, clinical pharmacists and behavioral health experts – represent the future of primary care. The end result is a healthier population and fewer complications resulting from chronic disease. The ultimate goal is to prevent expensive, unnecessary hospital care.

This focus on wellness is forward thinking and also differentiates Providence from other hospital systems that use primary care to direct patients into tertiary hospital care. Together, PMG and MMC will represent nearly one-third of the primary care work force in the Medford area. The immediate plans for MMC providers involve a transition to Epic and a move to a new location off Ellendale Drive at the southern end of Medford. Please join us in welcoming MMC into the Providence family as an important new strategic partner.