Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) announced today that Andrew Jorgensen, MD, FACP, FAAP, has been appointed to the new role of Chief Medical Officer effective May 1 of this year. Dr. Jorgensen, a full-time Provincetown resident, is board certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. He has served as OCHS’ Associate Medical Director since 2015.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to promote Dr. Jorgensen to lead our medical program at an exciting time of planned growth for all three of our clinical sites,” stated OCHS CEO Patricia Nadle, BSN, MEd. “In addition to providing strong patient care, his clinical interests include building upon our patient centered medical home model, behavioral health integration, provider wellness, and community health access. Dr. Jorgensen will undoubtedly take on this new role with great vigor and passion, with these important interests in mind.”
As a key member of the OCHS senior leadership team, Dr. Jorgensen will be charged with assuring patient safety, quality care, and positive patient outcomes. Reporting directly to CEO Nadle, Dr. Jorgensen will supervise and mentor both clinical providers and program directors while also continuing to provide clinical care and act as site medical director for the Provincetown Health Center. He will assume his new role as longtime OCHS Medical Director Dr. Barbara Prazak transitions to focusing on part-time direct patient care and playing a clinical leadership role in OCHS’ plans to renovate and expand the Wellfleet and Harwich community health centers.
“The most important characteristic of a successful health care leader is the ability to always put the needs of our patients and community first while at the same time advocating for the providers and staff who care for these patients,” shared Dr. Jorgensen. “Dr. Prazak achieved this balance with skill and compassion. It is a humbling privilege to follow in her steps in providing accessible, quality healthcare on the Lower and Outer Cape for all in need of our services.”
Dr. Jorgensen obtained his undergraduate degree with Honors from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Biochemistry, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine with a Distinction in Research. His Internal Medicine-Pediatrics internship and residency was completed in 2003 at the University of Texas, Houston. Prior to joining OCHS in 2015, he was a practicing physician and Regional Medical Director at Cambridge Health Alliance—an academic community health system committed to providing high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston's metro-north communities.