Monday, October 26, 2015

Contact: Brian S. Terrett at 503.415.5775 or 541.513.0822

PacificSource Health Plans and Legacy Health Pursue Partnership

Two healthcare organizations with long histories of serving their communities are partnering with plans to grow and serve the region for generations to come.

Springfield-based PacificSource Health Plans and Portland-based Legacy Health have signed a Letter of Intent to form a new organization that would bring their complementary capabilities together.  The goal of this relationship is to improve health care quality, value and access to the communities served by these organizations. 

“We're excited about the strength of this partnership as we jointly work to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve,” said Ken Provencher, President and CEO of PacificSource Health Plans. “This will further enhance our long standing history of collaboration and coordination with all our provider partners as we work to improve the care, quality and affordability of the health care continuum with our health plan offerings.”

“For the past several years we have fully embraced healthcare transformation and this partnership will go a long way to carry us further on our journey,” said Legacy Health’s President and CEO George Brown, MD, FACP. “This is an incredible opportunity to join together with a company that shares our mission of service that I believe will truly result in healthier patients and communities.”

Under this new partnership, PacificSource and Legacy will have an integrated approach that improves the quality of care to members and patients, as well as improving population health, access to care and making care more affordable. It will also create a strong, community-based, not-for-profit, regional health plan that will result in new products and options for healthcare consumers.

As a part of the agreement, PacificSource will create a new non-profit organization that will have a 50 percent member interest in the current health insurance company. Legacy Health will purchase the remaining 50 percent member interest. The organization will have a Board of Directors made up of an equal combination PacificSource and Legacy board members, as well as three independent members from the community.

Appointees from PacificSource for the new board will include at least two actively licensed physicians and at least three community members. Legacy’s board appointees will include at least two actively licensed physicians and no more than two Legacy employees. One of the independent board members will be an actively licensed physician and two will be community members.

The partnership will not have any impact on the current relationships the two organizations already have with other providers and insurance companies. Legacy is committed to working with its current payers and PacificSource is committed to working with its current providers.

Legacy Health will make an initial investment in the partnership, with additional investments over the next five years. The two organizations will continue working on the details of their partnership and expect to have their agreement finalized sometime next year.

The partnership will give PacificSource a provider partner to support health plan growth and access, while providing Legacy with a health plan partner to facilitate health care transformation throughout the region. The complementary strengths of both organizations will come together to create a new company that will be better able to meet the needs of patients and members now and into the future.

Media Availability

George Brown, MD and Ken Provencher will be available for a joint interview on Monday, October 26, 2015, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Contact Brian S. Terrett to make arrangements for a specific time

About Legacy Health

Legacy Health is Oregon’s only locally-owned nonprofit healthcare organization with over 10,000 employees. Legacy includes Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Legacy Laboratory Services, and Legacy Research Institute. Legacy also includes over 100 Legacy Medical Group primary care and specialty care clinics.

About PacificSource Health Plans

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Eugene with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 700 people, serves more than 280,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. PacificSource Community Health Plans is a subsidiary of PacificSource Health Plans and markets Medicare Advantage products under the name PacificSource Medicare. PacificSource Community Solutions is a subsidiary of PacificSource Health Plans and provides Medicaid coverage in Oregon through the Oregon Health Plan. For more information visit

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Last updated 10/26/2015