Providence nationally recognized as one of the "best of the best" for health care integration

Oregon is home to one of the best of the best in the nation when it comes to health care integration: Providence Health & Services.

IMS Health has announced that Providence in Oregon has attained a "top 10" ranking on its 2012 list of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks. Providence has been one of the national leaders for the past 12 years. For 2012, Providence ranks seventh on the "Top 100" list, which is compiled from a survey of hundreds of health networks across the nation.

The rankings are based on a 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, and physicians. High scores in these areas can be indicators of increased patient satisfaction and a more streamlined care experience.

"This honor reflects our commitment to our vision at Providence," said Greg Van Pelt, senior vice president and chief executive for Providence in Oregon. "Our outstanding level of integration helps us know, care for and ease the way of our patients and health plan members as we seek to provide care that is connected and coordinated."

The rankings for the survey - formerly known as the SDI IHN 100 - are available at