Enhanced Physician Leadership Model Announced

Providence Names James McKay, M.D., as Chief Physician Executive – Acute Care

James McKay, MD, has accepted the position of Chief Physician Executive - Acute Care for Providence Health & Services, Western Montana.

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Missoula, MT—Providence Health & Services, the region’s leading health care provider, is pleased to announce that James McKay, M.D., has accepted the position of Chief Physician Executive - Acute Care for Western Montana. Dr. McKay, who has been practicing in Missoula since 1999 and currently serves as president of the medical staff at Providence St. Patrick Hospital, will assume the new role on Dec. 27, 2015.

The Chief Physician Executive – Acute Care role was created in partnership with a physician-led advisory panel of more than ten regional medical staff leaders. Dr. McKay will have oversight of clinical programs across the acute (hospital) settings. As an integral member of the Western Montana Executive Team, he will further integrate the administrative and medical staff teams, as well as partner with St. Pat’s chief operating/nursing officer, Joyce Dombrouski, on the clinical and operational oversight of St. Patrick Hospital. This role will also be integral in working with the Providence Medical Group and independent physicians on improving coordination of care across the continuum and the geographies we serve.

“Jim is extremely well-regarded within our physician community, and his past leadership roles made him a natural fit for this position,” said Bill Bekemeyer, M.D., a member of the physician panel.

“This enhanced physician leadership model will help deliver on our vision of establishing comprehensive care coordination throughout the patient journey, as well as improving clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction,” said Jeff Fee, chief executive of Providence Western Montana. “Since coming to Missoula 16 years ago, Dr. McKay has emerged as an extremely capable, articulate and thoughtful leader. He is the perfect person to build on the positive and mutually supportive relationship between the administration and medical staff throughout our region.”

Dombrouski added, “Dr. McKay is a highly skilled physician with a reputation for excellence. We are thrilled to welcome him to the executive team, where his clinical experience and longstanding relationships with our medical staff will be a source of strength as we work to improve the quality and value proposition of the health care delivery system throughout Western Montana.”

“On a very personal level, I have witnessed firsthand the quality and care that Providence St. Patrick Hospital provides,” said Dr. McKay. “I decided to pursue medicine as a career because I wanted to make a difference and spend my life doing something meaningful – and at its core, the work has always been about the patients we are privileged to serve. As I explored the idea of this new leadership position, I recognized it as a unique opportunity to continue this work on a greater scale. As we strive to enhance our clinical programs, we’ll be doing so with the best interests of our patients at heart. They will be at the center of all of our efforts and decisions.”

Dr. McKay is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and the University of California – Davis Medical Center, where he served as chief resident from 1998-1999. Before becoming a physician, McKay was a smokejumper with the United States Forest Service in Missoula during the mid-1980s. He returned to Missoula in 1999 to take a position at Missoula Radiology, P.C., and went on to assume multiple physician leadership roles in Missoula, including medical director of the Broadway Imaging Center at St. Patrick Hospital, and chair of the Department of Radiology at St. Patrick Hospital. He lives in Missoula with his wife and three children.