New Leader Named for Eskenazi Health Center Community-Based Primary Care

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Indianapolis, January 24, 2013 -- Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and the community-based board of directors for Eskenazi Health Center announce that Dr. Mark Bustamante has been named to manage primary care in community health centers located throughout Indianapolis.

"Dr. Bustamante’s leadership will bring continued progress in our ability to deliver the highest quality primary care to our community," said Matthew R. Gutwein, president and chief executive officer of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. "Ensuring access to primary care right in the neighborhoods where patients live and work advances the mission of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and strengthens the full range of services we provide."

Dr. Bustamante will serve as chief executive officer of the newly designated Eskenazi Health Center federally qualified health center (FQHC), formerly the division of primary care at Wishard Health Services. Highlighting Eskenazi Health Center’s accountability to patients, the FQHC designation signifies that a majority of the community-based board of directors are consumers of the health care within one of the Eskenazi Health Center locations. Dr. Bustamante will report directly to the Eskenazi Health Center board of directors.

"Dr. Bustamante will be a great champion for health care in our community, from comprehensive primary care to mental health," said Jennett Hill, president of the board of directors of Eskenazi Health Center. "Dr. Bustamante’s experience reflects his own commitment to the tenets of our mission – to advocate, care, teach and serve, with special emphasis on our community’s most vulnerable populations – and we are pleased to welcome him to our team."

Eskenazi Health Center is comprised of 10 separate health centers located across Indianapolis. Eskenazi Health Center includes the locations known as Blackburn, Cottage Corner, Forest Manor, Grassy Creek, North Arlington, Pecar, Westside, and the Primary Care Center and Center for Senior Health, which are both located on the Wishard campus.

"We are delighted to welcome as our partner Dr. Bustamante, whose expertise, leadership, clinical excellence and shared commitment to a health and wellness model of patient-centered care aligns perfectly with our focus on one-of-a-kind care and our vision for the future as Eskenazi Health," said Dr. Lisa Harris, chief executive officer and medical director of Wishard-Eskenazi Health. As CEO and medical director of the Wishard-Eskenazi Health system, which includes Wishard Hospital and Midtown Community Mental Health, Dr. Harris will work with Dr. Bustamante to continue Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County's longstanding commitment to primary care. "We are about so much more than just the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. We are a wraparound system of care that works to keep people well and thriving in their communities."

Dr. John Kunzer will serve as Eskenazi Health Center’s medical director as well as lead Eskenazi Medical Group as part of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County’s growth and alignment to optimize care for the community.

"Dr. Bustamante's leadership reflects Wishard-Eskenazi Health's commitment to having physicians direct and be accountable for redesigning the delivery of health care to provide the highest quality and service to our patients," said Dr. Kunzer. "We are excited to advance our patient-centered medical home model with Dr. Bustamante's focus on putting patients first."

In May and September 2012, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded Eskenazi Health Center the Physician Practice Connections® (PPC) Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) designation.

"The FQHC designation brings needed resources to the communities we serve," said Dr. Bustamante.  "This is a natural continuation and extension of the excellent work done over the years by the Wishard community health centers."

Dr. Bustamante comes to Indianapolis from Michigan, where he has served in a range of leadership capacities within the Dearborn-based Oakwood Healthcare System, most recently as chief medical officer and president of Oakwood Physician Practices Division, in addition to serving as assistant professor of medicine and adjunct faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. Dr. Bustamante earned a Bachelor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Notre Dame before earning his Doctorate of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bustamante is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.