Rhonda M. Medows, MD has been appointed the executive vice president in charge of population health for Providence Health & Services, Oregon Region. Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare system that spans five states and is comprised of 34 hospitals, 475 physician clinics, 22 long-term care facilities, 19 hospice and home health programs, and 693 supportive housing units.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Medows was the executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based United Health Group, one of the largest health insurance and population health management organizations in the country. Dr. Medows also has an extensive background in government-supported health programs, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. Her previous experience includes serving under former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as the secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). She also served as the chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Southeast Region, as well as the commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health, in which capacity she oversaw Georgia's Medicaid and SCHIP programs and ran the state employee benefit plan, public health emergency preparedness, and rural health information technology.
Dr. Medows is originally from New York City. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and business management at Cornell University, and her medical degree at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also served on the board of trustees. Dr. Medows is board-certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Medows and her husband are the parents of two small children.