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Improving Coordination of Services for Residents of Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties

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With the hiring of David R. Olson, Northern California Network of Adventist Health has taken another significant step in improving health care in Northern California. In his new roles as the network’s Vice President of Physician Services and CEO of the California Medical Group (CMG), Olson will be a key part of integrating services throughout the Network.

Last year, the St. Helena Region Hospitals –Napa Valley, Clear Lake and Center for Behavioral Health – joined with Ukiah Valley Medical Center and Howard Memorial Hospital to form the Northern California Network of Adventist Health. This was the first step in establishing a coordinated health care network for residents of Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties by forming a strong operational relationship between the hospitals and clinically integrating practices to ensure the best quality and patient experience.

“One of our critical goals is to continue to attract top-quality physicians across the spectrum of medical specialties,” says Terry Newmyer, President and CEO of Northern California Network of Adventist Health and St. Helena Region Hospitals. “This is especially important for our smaller communities and rural health network. David Olson brings extensive experience as a successful health care administrator in an area with similar challenges of geography and population density, including recruiting top-quality doctors from major metropolitan centers.”

Olson’s responsibilities include the long-term strategic direction and management of CMG. The 60-member physician group representing multiple specialties is affiliated with the Northern California Network and Adventist Health Physicians Network. He will provide oversight of the opening and management of clinics, contracting with physicians and hospitals, and development and implementation of physician alignment strategies throughout the Northern California Network.

One of Olson’s important responsibilities will be operation of the rural health clinic system, which provides primary and specialty health care services to communities including Clearlake, Middletown, Kelseyville, Ukiah and Willits. His focus in this capacity will be on improving access and ensuring that services continue to meet the evolving needs of these communities.

“David brings the breadth and depth of professional experience we need to attract the most talented physicians, to manage physician practices, and ensure patients have access to the best quality medical care,” said Newmyer. “He is also well qualified to administer the rural health clinic system. We are very fortunate to have him on our executive team.”

Olson is a former Associate Administrator of Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, a physician owned multispecialty group with approximately 250 physicians/midlevel providers operating out of ten locations with a service area of over 10,000 square miles in Central Washington State.

Northern California Network: is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers.