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McFarland Clinic CEO, Steve Koger, announces retirement

McFarland Clinic PC Board of Directors announced that Steve Koger, chief executive officer, has decided to retire from McFarland Clinic on Dec. 31, 2014.

“Steve has been a strong leader for our organization over the past 13 years,” said Dr. Michael Kitchell, McFarland Clinic Board President. “With his leadership, our multi-specialty group has improved our care coordination, collaboration and service to bring about better health outcomes for our patients. His many accomplishments in leading our group will have a lasting effect on the health of our community.”

The McFarland Clinic Board of Directors will conduct the process to select Koger’s successor starting in January of 2014. A new leader is expected to be named in the fall of 2014.

“I have enjoyed the privilege of working 40 years in medical management, the last 13 of which have been with McFarland Clinic,” Koger said. “This announcement precedes the actual date of my retirement by a year to allow ample time for the recruitment of a new CEO.”

Koger has experienced many changes in his years of service in the healthcare management field. He joined McFarland Clinic as its CEO in 2001 and oversees coordination of clinic operations to ensure staff and patient satisfaction is the group’s constant top priorities. Since 2001, McFarland has focused on performance improvement in multiple areas including service and hospitality, staff recruitment and retention, clinical coordination and outcomes, financial returns and governance effectiveness. His responsibilities have also included oversight of management services, including contract negotiations, provider and institutional relations and strategic planning.

Prior to joining McFarland, Koger served as a vice president with PhyCor, a pioneer in the physician practice management arena. He oversaw a variety of multi-specialty physician group practices ranging in size from 20-200 physicians. His responsibilities included oversight of locally-based management teams in multiple communities around the United States.

Before joining PhyCor, Koger served with the Billings Clinic in Montana as its CEO and in other senior executive positions in groups in North Dakota and Washington. He holds an MHA from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

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