Oak Street Health Fuels National Expansion, Enters Tennessee and Texas in 2020

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Leading value-based primary care provider to bring personalized care to Medicare recipients in Memphis and Dallas, in addition to growth in existing markets

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Oak Street Health, a network of primary care centers that delivers value-based care to adults on Medicare, today announced plans for significant nationwide expansion in 2020, continuing its impressive growth trajectory to date. The company will mark its entry into Tennessee and Texas with centers in Memphis and Dallas-Fort Worth. Oak Street Health will also increase its presence in existing markets, with additional centers opening in Detroit, Cleveland, and the Greensboro-High Point metro area in North Carolina. This growth will significantly increase access to Oak Street Health’s innovative approach to primary care for older adults across the country.

“We are deeply committed to providing integrated, preventive care that helps seniors live their best lives, and our planned growth for early 2020 reflects this commitment,” said Tamara Jurgenson, Chief Growth Officer of Oak Street Health. “Our community-based approach makes a meaningful difference in our patients’ health outcomes, and we strive to reach as many people as we can. We’re excited for our care teams to become pillars in these new communities, and for Oak Street Health to make a positive economic impact as we have in our existing markets across the country.”

Patients who visit an Oak Street Health center will have a healthcare experience they may not have encountered before, including extended time with their provider and individualized treatment plans, community-centered support for social wellness, a 24/7 patient support line, and access to transportation to and from the center for eligible patients. Supplementary services, such as behavioral health support and Medicare education classes, are also offered to help older adults meet their unique needs in one convenient location. Since its founding in 2012, Oak Street Health has seen a 41 percent reduction in patient hospital visits compared to Medicare benchmarks.

Oak Street Health will open two locations in Memphis within the Frayser and Audubon Park neighborhoods this winter, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth’s first center this summer. New openings across Cleveland, Detroit and the Greensboro-High Point metro area, North Carolina are also expected to open in late spring. Oak Street Health will accept multiple health plans at all locations, including traditional Medicare.

“When we set out to rebuild healthcare as it should be in 2012, we wanted to create a unique model that put the patient first,” said Mike Pykosz, CEO of Oak Street Health. “We're proud of what our teams have already accomplished to improve healthcare quality and experience for our patients and communities. Our innovative approach works, and we're delighted to continue expanding to bring the Oak Street Health care model to more people across the country.”

To learn more about Oak Street Health’s value-based primary care model, visit oakstreethealth.com.

About Oak Street Health

Founded in 2012, Oak Street Health is a rapidly growing network of value-based, primary care centers for adults on Medicare. With a mission of rebuilding healthcare as it should be, the company operates an innovative healthcare model focused on quality of care, not volume of services, and is fully accountable to patients and partners for the quality and cost of care.

Oak Street Health’s care model goes far beyond a typical doctor's visit by offering personalized primary care services, proactive patient health management and enhanced clinical services that focus on whole body care, including integrated behavioral health care, physical and social activities to support social wellness and community engagement, and care delivery in the home for vulnerable patients. These services are closing critical gaps in the traditional healthcare experience and improving outcomes for its patients, including a 41 percent reduction in patient hospital admissions compared to Medicare benchmarks and a 49 percent reduction in emergency room visits.

Oak Street Health currently operates more than 50 centers across Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island and North Carolina, with plans to continue its geographic expansion in 2020. To learn more about Oak Street Health’s proven approach to care, visit oakstreethealth.com

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