Providence earns national recognition for health care integration

A national health care research firm confirms it: Providence is one of the best of the best.

SDI, a national health care research firm, has announced that Providence Health & Services - Oregon Region has attained a "top five" ranking on its list of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks. SDI compiles the "Top 100" list from a survey of 576 health networks across the nation.

Providence has been recognized as one of the national leaders in health care system integration for the past 11 years. This designation means that services to our patients and health plan members are more connected and coordinated, which leads to better health care outcomes.

"This is a tremendous honor for Providence," said Greg Van Pelt, executive vice president and chief executive for Providence Health & Services - Oregon. "It recognizes our commitment to working better together. It also shows the great discipline of our teams as we work to provide a connected experience of care built on a foundation of clinical excellence."

SDI rankings are based on a health care system's ability to operate as a unified organization in eight categories:

  • Integration
  • Integrated technology
  • Contractual capabilities
  • Outpatient utilization
  • Financial stability
  • Services and access
  • Hospital utilization
  • Physicians

High scores in these areas can be indicators of increased patient satisfaction and a more streamlined care experience.

The survey - formerly known as the Verispan IHN 100 - compares 576 systems nationwide. Complete results are published in the Jan. 24 edition of Modern Healthcare and available online at