Here's why Patients are Flocking to Medical Homes

June 18, 2013

The Oregon Health Authority recently added four Adventist Health Medical Group clinics to their list of Tier-3 Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes. Not to be confused with skilled nursing homes, a Medical Home gives patients needing primary care greater access to their doctor’s office through convenient office visits, follow up email and home monitoring systems, access to a broader team of professionals to help them live well and the opportunity to reduce future healthcare costs.

As healthcare costs are continuing to increase, the Medical Home model offers a method of transforming the health care delivery system by improving quality and efficiency for each patient. “The Medical Home is not a place, but a philosophy of health that encourages physicians and care providers to be proactive in addressing the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of patients by helping them reduce stress, embrace prevention of disease and manage chronic illness,” states Dr. Leonard Bertheau, DO, the Family Practice physician spearheading this initiative for Adventist Health. “It is a model of care that feels like a healthy home because it fosters continued communication, respect, dignity, and compassion.”

The following Adventist Health Medical Group clinics are being recognized among the highest quality coordinated primary care clinics in Oregon: Eastside Internal Medicine,Ventura Park,Hazelwood and Internal Medicine Associates join Cherry Park Family Practice. Tier-3 Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes is the highest level of recognition for patient-centered primary care homes in the nation.

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC) and Adventist Health Medical Group

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located 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 home to Adventist Health Medical Group, which includes more than 36 primary care and specialty clinics in the metro area.

Adventist Health-Portland 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. We invite you to visit our website at for more information.


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