Yamhill Community Care Organization names new CEO

Yamhill Community Care Organization (Yamhill CCO), the Organization that provides Oregon Health Plan services and family supports to residents in Yamhill County, has named Seamus McCarthy, Ph.D., as president and chief executive officer. Dr. McCarthy brings more than 20 years of executive experience to his current role, combining business and health care leadership with a history of serving Yamhill County.

“I’m passionate about health systems re-design,” says McCarthy, “and I believe that health care transformation is best achieved through collaboration at the community level.”

McCarthy has been involved with Yamhill CCO from its very beginning in 2012, when he worked as one of the original stakeholders who formed the organization. He has served on the steering committee, the clinical advisory panel, and as director of Operations and Integration from 2014 to 2016. McCarthy has provided strategic and tactical leadership to the organization playing a key role in the development of the organization’s strategic plan as well as leading efforts to develop and implement alternative payment methodologies and clinical initiatives to improve patient care.

Before joining Yamhill Community Care, McCarthy oversaw operations for Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Yamhill County, Ore., from 2010 to 2014, where he worked to expand primary care to the school based health center in Willamina, Ore., and played a key role in opening the Virginia Garcia clinic in Newberg as well as integrating primary care services into the Yamhill County Mental Health clinic in McMinnville. McCarthy has been instrumental in integrating the patient-centered primary care home (PCPCH) model into Yamhill County primary care clinics, taking a lead role in developing primary care alternative payment models to fund the adoption and implementation of the PCPCH model.

McCarthy lives in Newberg, Ore., and is an active member in the community, serving on the Yamhill County Board of Public Health, the advisory council of A Family Place relief nursery, and formerly the board of Yamhill Community Action Partners.

Seamus earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in transpersonal psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, Calif., where he conducted original research on the correlations between patient-centered qualities of primary care providers and patient health outcomes.

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