Bringing Excellence to You

April 01, 2012

Providence Medical Institute Offers Care in Your Community

You know the Providence medical centers in the Valley area and South Bay are always there when you need them. But did you realize there’s a network of 34 convenient medical clinic and urgent care locations across the region that are ready to help, too?

This network is Providence Medical Institute (PMI), a group of clinics and urgent care centers staffed by experienced doctors and care providers who are affiliated with the entire Providence family.

“Most of the care people need can be provided in a doctor’s office,” says David Asplund, PMI’s director of business development and physician relations. “But PMI gives people the option of saying ‘I want a doctor who, if necessary, can care for me at a Providence hospital’—while still getting most of their care close to home.”

These aren’t just any doctors, either. Many of them are leaders in their areas of expertise. For example, some of the top physicians at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center and the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center are PMI physicians.

Convenient, Quality Care

Located throughout the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Conejo valleys, the South Bay and Harbor Cities, PMI clinics provide primary and urgent care, with many locations open evenings and weekends. Plus, same-day appointments are usually available, and many locations offer onsite lab and X-ray services.

“We try to make the maze of health care as easy to navigate as possible with our multiple locations and easy access to ancillary services,” says Barbara Yosses, CEO of PMI.

In addition to primary care, some clinics provide subspecialty services including dermatology, Ob-Gyn, cancer care, internal medicine, endocrinology and physical therapy. “If someone does need a referral to a specialist, we’ll make those arrangements,” says David Zembik, chief operating officer of PMI.

Indeed, being part of Providence, an integrated health system, has distinct benefits, including the electronic health record system called EPIC, which will be implemented across Providence over the next year or two. That means every detail of a patient’s care— such as test results and charts from office visits—will be stored electronically for instant access at any Providence location.

“We’re not just five hospitals in Southern California,” Asplund says. “We’re doctor’s offices and urgent care centers, we’re specialty care, we’re imaging centers and laboratory services. Our vision is to continue developing our network of care centers so people can receive the excellent care Providence is known for, whether at one of our hospitals or in a community-friendly location.”