Nov. 2, 2012 OHA Director's messages on the web
To: All OHA employees
From: Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Director

Another step toward the future

"Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved."
~Colin Powell

Yesterday, on November 1, the final wave of coordinated care organizations began operations. Today we have 15 CCOs in operation serving about 90 percent of Oregon Health Plan members.

It is an extraordinary accomplishment for local health care innovators and the team at OHA. We should all take a moment to be proud of what we have done.

This milestone means that we are all pointing in the same direction — toward a future in which better health, better care and lower costs are an attainable goal.

In Cornelius, for example, the new Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center clinic is using a coordinated model of care that puts patients first.

Virginia Garcia has long been a leader among community health clinics and was an early adopter of the primary care home model. The new center offers vision, dental, mental health and addictions care, and outreach services under one roof in an integrated primary care setting. The clinic will serve 11,000 Oregonians — nearly double the number of patients it served before. And the facility allows them to expand their preventive services to include a wonderful array of wellness programs for the community.

This center is another example of local leaders creating a model for the future.

Thank you for the efforts you make, every day, to bring that future within reach for all Oregonians.

OHA on the web