Bridging Health Care Gaps

Jonathan Porteus joined WellSpace Health as clinical director in 2002 and became CEO in 2011. WellSpace has operated in Sacramento (under various names) since 1953 and now provides medical, dental, behavioral health and support services at more than 30 sites in Sacramento, Placer and Amador counties. Comstock’s spoke with Porteus about how his organization works to achieve regional health.

How does WellSpace help fill gaps in our larger health care system?
I often say we’re really co-dependent. We’re much less interested in moving into a space that’s already occupied than filling in the gaps between. When we started growing as a Federally Qualified Health Center we were living in an environment where there were four islands of health — these incredible, world-class health systems (Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health and UC Davis Medical Center). The sea in between was fraught with…(click here for full story)