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Adventist Health Medical Group Announces New Chief Medical Officer


Adventist Health Medical Group is pleased to announce Ralph Prows, MD, as chief medical officer effective January 18, 2016. Prows will provide vision, direction and education to the 133 providers who deliver exceptional care to patients served by Adventist Health’s 34 clinics in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

Dr. Prows has more than 25 years of medical experience, serving as a board certified internal medicine physician and as an experienced leader and administrator for both clinic systems and health plans. He earned a medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine from Oschner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.

Dr. Prows is very familiar with the Portland market, having served as the president and chief executive officer for Oregon’s Health CO-OP. He has also worked as the chief medical officer for The Regence Group where he was responsible for the strategy and execution of medical quality and clinical care. He was the first full-time medical director for The Corvallis Clinic where he later served as chief executive officer. Prows comes most recently from New Orleans where he was president and CEO of the Ochsner Health Network, a clinically integrated network of hospitals and health systems in the Gulf South.

“As our medical group continues to expand into new communities and to include additional specialties, we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Prows to the team,” says Dorane Brower, vice president for integrated physician and health plan services for Adventist Health. “He has the right mix of clinical and health plan experience to ensure continued quality and value to our patients.”

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Adventist Health Medical Group represents more than 130 primary care and specialty physicians who treat and admit their patients to Adventist Medical Center. Adventist Medical Center in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for patient safety.

Adventist Medical Center 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 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees, 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information