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Does one size fit all? We don't think so.

April 2013

Lewis Low, M.D.


Does it seem like every other day Legacy announces a new type of partnership or collaboration?

With a multispecialty practice — The Oregon Clinic to form the Portland Parkinson’s Program

With a research university — OHSU to combine outpatient cancer clinics

With private practice physician groups — The cardiovascular co-management agreement for cardiovascular leadership and clinical program development

With a health maintenance organization — Kaiser Permanente Northwest for inpatient care in southwest Washington

And these complement several new and existing innovative arrangements with individual physicians and physician groups.

Not by chance

It is not by chance that Legacy is actively employing a range of models and structures for partnering with physicians. Our strategic areas of focus point us in that direction: expand our presence; enhance patient experience; create innovative, accessible, high-value delivery models; and build and maintain clinically exceptional programs and services.

We’ve chosen to operate within a pluralistic framework, pursuing creative arrangements that help us meet our goals while offering options to physicians and physician groups.

Alternative to "one-size-fits-all"

Our tactics offer an alternative to "one-size-fits-all" approaches and may fly in the face of national trends toward hospital-owned practices. But we truly believe that Legacy and our patients benefit from the breadth of expertise and experience that comes from our approach.

We also believe that by directly linking diverse practices and organizations into a care continuum, we are helping transform how health care is delivered.

Various specialties and services may require different collaboration and partnership models in order to capitalize on the "best and the brightest" in our region. We want your ideas. Let me know. 


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