PeaceHealth, Kaiser Permanente Northwest go live with health care collaboration in Lane County

July 9, 2018

As part of an ongoing collaboration on healthcare delivery and coverage in Lane County, PeaceHealth began seeing Kaiser Permanente-insured patients on July 1, 2018. Kaiser Permanente is now expanding health plan enrollment with large group employers and will be offering plans to individuals and small employer groups this fall with enrollment effective in January.

In addition to the collaboration with PeaceHealth, Kaiser Permanente’s full network in Lane County includes Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, and Pacific Women’s Center.

“Our commitment is to work collaboratively with local providers and community non-profits to improve community health and access to quality healthcare,” said Dr. Tom Harburg, Kaiser Permanente physician in charge for the Downtown Eugene Medical Office. “It’s good news that many in Lane County will have access to more healthcare services and choices.”

“We believe that by working together to better understand and appreciate the patient populations we jointly serve, there are opportunities to better meet health needs of more community members. This includes keeping care local whenever possible,” said Dr. David Duffey, vice president and medical director, PeaceHealth Medical Group in Oregon.

This is part of a bigger collaborative effort between PeaceHealth and Kaiser Permanente Northwest. Together, they are working to address community health needs in Lane County, as well as increase access to care in the area.

“PeaceHealth and Kaiser Permanente share a deeply held commitment practicing preventive health – moving upstream to address the unique and specific social determinants of health that are barriers to wellness,” said Dr. Duffey.

“We know it takes more than great medical care to create healthy communities,” said Shannon Surber, senior administrator for Kaiser Permanente’s Mid Valley Service Area. “To bring about visible improvements, we must work collaboratively within Lane County to address the social determinants that are barriers to improving the health and wellbeing of the entire community.”

In 2017, Kaiser Permanente and PeaceHealth announced a joint contribution of more than $590,000 to ShelterCare for the creation of a transitional housing program that will provide emergency, short-term housing and support services to Lane County residents who are homeless and battling severe mental illness or medical conditions.

Kaiser Permanente opened its Eugene Downtown Medical Office, 100 W. 13th St., and the Valley River Dental Office, 1011 Valley River Way, in January 2016. Kaiser Permanente currently serves about 8,000 patients in Lane County, including out-of-state
members and Medicaid patients.

PeaceHealth offers a number of medical services in Oregon, including four medical centers located in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove and Florence. In addition, 20 PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics provide primary care and specialty services
throughout Lane County with specialty outreach to adjacent counties.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality,
affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their
total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10
medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its
Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

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