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Mid-Columbia Medical Group Welcomes New Executive Director

Published on 4/20/2007
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     Mid-Columbia Medical Center has announced the hiring of a new executive to manage and lead the continued development of its affiliated primary care physicians and allied healthcare providers.
     Sam C. Derrick, Jr., MHA, CMPE has joined MCMC as the new executive director of Mid-Columbia Medical Group (MCMG), which is composed of 24 healthcare providers in practice at Columbia Hills Family Medicine and seven internal medicine and family practice clinics in The Dalles.
     Derrick brings a wealth of experience to his new position, and it will come in handy.  With the recent hiring of several new primary care providers to replace others who left the community last year, MCMG is building momentum and beginning to close the gap. These new providers will help to better meet the healthcare needs of patients in this community. All the activity has meant Derrick had to hit the ground running. There wasn't much time to get acclimated to his new hometown, which happens to be almost a continent away from Baton Rouge, La., his old hometown.
     "Because of the warm embrace from this community," Derrick states. "I have felt welcomed and right at home from the moment I arrived."
     Derrick was born in the small town of Mansfield, La.  He left his hometown to attend Kent State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree.  He then moved on to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he would earn a master's in health administration (MHA).  After his formal education, Derrick completed an administrative fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic; also serving for a time as the administrator of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center there. Most recently he was the medical practice executive for a 15-site primary care network affiliated with a large medical center in Baton Rouge.
     As an amateur photographer, Derrick says he has long held a fascination for the Pacific Northwest, and when he toured Olympic National Park in 2003 the hook was set.  "I saw the pristine mountains across the Puget Sound, experienced the crisp, clear northwest air, and ultimately became addicted to Starbucks," he says.  "I knew I needed to begin looking for a way to come back."
     "Making this change came down to two things -- lifestyle, which here is unparalleled in my opinion, and the opportunity to work along side of a seasoned executive mentor whose style matches well with my own," says Derrick, referring to his new boss, MCMC CEO Duane Francis.
     In his new position Derrick will direct Mid-Columbia Medical Group's efforts to ensure residents of the region continue to have access to timely, professional and patient-centered primary care.  The recent arrival of several new providers has helped solve the access problem that many patients were experiencing last year, and Derrick says recruiting additional doctors and providers remains a top priority. He is also working internally to ensure that patients of MCMG are receiving exemplary service and personalized attention.
     "High quality care and warm and attentive customer service are vital for a successful medical group," Derrick says. "People expect that and we are charged with the responsibility to provide it.  When our patients and guests walk into any of the Mid-Columbia Medical Group clinics, they are placing their trust in us and our goal is to exceed their expectations."
     Derrick is focusing on developing a group culture in which physicians, providers and staff are all working as partners to ensure patients and families experience superior patient care and personalized customer service.
     "We have a great team of professionals in place now," he says.  "I'm hopeful that, as we continue to grow, we add to our family the same caliber of dedicated medical partners currently serving the primary care needs of families in our community."
     Derrick and his wife Andrea have two children, Sam, 7, and Jenna, 3.

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