The triple aim of health care – improving the health of populations and the patient experience while decreasing the costs of health care – are the foundations of a career and life-long commitment for Sara Medley.

Medley, the CEO of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, has been involved in quality and health care her entire 30-plus year career. She served as Mountain-Pacific’s operations director for 24 years before being appointed as the company’s CEO in the fall of 2012.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with an incredibly dedicated and talented team who are passionate about improving the lives in the communities we serve,” Medley said. “Improving population health and the quality of health care systems is a true privilege. I can’t think of a more rewarding and fulfilling position.”

Mountain-Pacific was first started in 1973 by the Montana Medical Association to review the quality and costs of medical care. More than four decades later, it has expanded its service area while keeping true to its commitment to improving the quality and cost of health care and its delivery systems.

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Under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Mountain-Pacific serves as the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and Hawaii and the Pacific Territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Mountain-Pacific is one of 14 national QIN-QIOs that works with health care providers, stakeholders and patients to build and share knowledge, spread proven practices and achieve improvements in patient care and overall population health.

Mountain-Pacific also provides Medicaid utilization, long-term care review, transportation authorization and personal assistance and pharmacy review and management services for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. In addition, Mountain-Pacific holds numerous contracts and subcontracts with private and public entities and organizations across its region.

Within the past year Mountain-Pacific launched a weekly TV show focused on health care and education called Healthy Living for Life. More recently, Mountain-Pacific won a grant to increases the awareness of mental illness and reduce youth suicides in the greater Helena area. To learn more about Mountain-Pacific go to www.mpqhf.org

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