Providence streamlines organization within clinical care and population health

RENTON, Wash., Jan. 27, 2021Providence, one of the largest health systems in the country, today announced a streamlined approach to clinical care and population health. Providence’s ambulatory care network and physician enterprise groups will be integrated with other clinical functions, reporting to Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., who will take on the new role of president, clinical care. Providence’s Home and Community Care division will be integrated with population health, led by Rhonda Medows, M.D., president, population health and chief executive, Ayin Health Solutions. Drs. Compton-Phillips and Medows will continue to report to Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence.

“By operating as a fully integrated family of organizations, we can better serve our communities,” said Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence. “We continue to invest in innovative ways to deliver care, and we are blessed to have the visionary senior leaders in place who can make high-quality care available and affordable to everyone.”

Clinical Care

To continue aligning care across acute, ambulatory and clinic settings, the Ambulatory Care Network and Physician Enterprise will be integrated with other clinical functions, reporting to Dr. Compton-Phillips, president, clinical care, who most recently served as Providence’s executive vice president and chief clinical officer. She is a visionary leader who uses technology and data to improve outcomes, enhance patient experience, lower costs and save lives. Dr. Compton-Phillips shepherded the Providence response to the COVID-19 pandemic, helping Providence make national headlines for cutting edge, compassionate care delivery from America’s first confirmed COVID-19 patient through the vaccine rollout.

David Kim, M.D., chief executive, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, Southern California, will serve as chief executive of physician enterprise and will report to Dr. Compton-Phillips, aligning the medical groups with the clinical care team. Mike Waters, chief executive, ambulatory care network, will also report to Dr. Compton-Phillips.

Population Health

To best serve specific patient populations, Providence’s Home and Community Care division will be integrated with population health, led by Dr. Medows. As one of America’s foremost experts in population health management, Dr. Medows implemented evidence-based initiatives that address some of the most complex issues in American health care: homelessness, mental health resources, and inadequate access to care. She has shown how the Medicaid program – now covering one-fifth of the American population – can be effectively managed, achieving better outcomes for both patients and providers.

Dr. Medows is a fervent champion of health equity and protecting those who are most vulnerable. When COVID-19 amplified disparities in community health resources, she rallied health care organizations to respond, addressing inequities in disease protection, health care access, and occupational risks. The impact of her work inspired Providence to invest an initial $50 million over the next five years to help resolve disparities and achieve health equity.

Robert Hellrigel, chief executive, Home and Community Care (HCC), will report to Dr. Medows. Providence’s HCC division is the largest non-profit organization in this space in the U.S. Today more than 8,300 HCC caregivers provide expert restorative, long-term and end-of-life care to more than 192,000 people annually, in their homes, in clinics and in a variety of congregate living ministries. HCC continues to grow to meet the increased demand for services in every community Providence serves.

Operations

Joel Gilbertson, who currently serves as our executive vice president of community partnerships, will take on a new role as chief executive of the Washington and Montana region as Elaine Couture prepares to retire. Joel will report to Lisa Vance, president of operations and strategy for our northern regions.

About Providence  
Providence is a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system comprising a diverse family of organizations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 51 hospitals, 1,085 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 120,000 caregivers serving communities across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, with system offices in Renton, Wash., and Irvine, Calif. Learn about our vision of health for a better world at Providence.org.

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