PMG leadership transitions; new medical directors named


Oregon Chief Executive Dave Underriner has restructured Providence Medical Group leadership, naming Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive and Ben LeBlanc, M.D., chief medical officer.

“To position us for the future and to effectively manage and continue to transition from fee-for-service to population health and new models of care, it is vital that Providence Medical Group and the services across our continuum of care are integrated and designed for success,” Underriner wrote in a letter to medical staff on June 5.

Dr. Koekkoek, who currently serves as chief executive of Clinical Services and regional chief medical officer, will continue to oversee quality management, community health, pharmacy, nursing and home and long-term care services.

Underriner praised transitioning leaders Joe Siemienczuk, M.D., PMG chief executive, and Jim Carlisle, M.D., chief medical officer, for their contributions in helping to build the medical group and its ambitious move to a medical home care model.


In other programs, Paul S. Sehdev, M.D., was been named regional medical director for the Oregon Region’s medicine program. The regional medicine program provides leadership for the medical subspecialties of pulmonology/critical care, gastroenterology, infectious disease, rheumatology, nephrology, endocrinology and dermatology. It is also responsible for managing relationships with a large base of private-practice primary care provider groups.


Maureen Nash, M.D., is the new medical director for Providence ElderPlace Oregon. Dr. Nash is board certified in psychiatry and internal medicine. Most recently, she served as medical director of the Tuality Center for Geriatric Psychiatry, a dedicated acute inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit in Forest Grove, Oregon. She is chair of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Clinical Practice Committee and serves on the association’s board of directors.


Scott Foster, M.D., MPH, surgery program executive, has accepted a position as medical director for specialists at PeaceHealth Medical Group. In his nine years at Providence, Dr. Foster helped establish a regional leadership team, oversaw a reporting initiative for surgical-site infections and helped establish standards for introducing new technologies into our operating rooms.