BEND, OR, March 2, 2020 – Summit Medical Group Oregon (SMGOR) and The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care (The Center) have executed a letter of intent to create a Summit Medical Group Oregon clinic located in the Old Mill District offering patients orthopedic, neurosurgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation services provided by The Center.

SMGOR is the largest independent multispecialty physician group in Central Oregon, and The Center is a multi-disciplinary team of 24 fellowship-trained physicians in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Under a professional services agreement, the two organizations will expand a decade-long partnership to elevate the coordination and collaboration of quality care for patients.

“We are extremely excited about continuing to work with The Center, a truly respected leader in orthopedic and neurosurgical care in Central Oregon. This relationship further strengthens SMGOR’s commitment to exceptional quality care within our community,” said Russell Massine, MD, Chief Physician Executive, Summit Medical Group Oregon.

Under this strategic partnership, SMGOR will be able to offer patients more streamlined access to high-quality orthopedic, neurosurgical, and physical medicine and rehabilitation care provided by The Center. The clinic will be located at the Old Mill District Clinic at 815 SW Bond Street in Bend. Patients of The Center will benefit by gaining convenient access to primary care and over 30 other specialties and services SMGOR provides throughout Central Oregon.

The new Summit Medical Group Oregon Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Clinic will be part of SMGOR’s TotalCare™ model and focus on improving access and health care to all patients while reducing the cost of care. The Center will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the clinic and offer patients expanded care coordination options between both medical groups. The Center will remain independent and continue to operate its three other clinic locations in Bend and Redmond, as well as maintain their visiting specialist programs in Madras, Prineville, Sisters, La Pine, Burns, and John Day.

“The Center and Summit Medical Group Oregon have a shared commitment to delivering health care in the most patient-friendly manner possible,” said Christy McLeod, Chief Executive Officer at The Center. “This strategic partnership brings together two respected, trusted organizations and our collective areas of expertise to ensure patients get the care they need in an easier and more accessible manner.”

“Expanding access and care options for patients while managing the total cost of care to patients in our community is our primary interest,” Justin Sivill, SMGOR Regional Chief Operating Officer comments. “We couldn’t be more pleased to work with The Center while advancing the most cost-effective care to our ever-growing patient community.”

The Center and SMGOR have entered a period of due diligence and are working together to meet patient care and operational goals before announcing an opening date for the new specialty clinic.

About Summit Medical Group Oregon

Formed in 2018 through a strategic partnership between Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC) and Summit Health Management, Summit Medical Group Oregon’s comprehensive care model includes Summit Medical Group Oregon – Bend Memorial Clinic, the largest physician-owned multi-specialty group in Central Oregon, and Summit Medical Group Oregon – Bend Urology Associates, a specialty urological care clinic offering treatment of urinary tract disorders to the Central and Eastern Oregon communities. Summit Medical Group Oregon’s 125 providers offer primary care, urgent care, and over 30 medical specialty and surgical clinics to patients throughout Central Oregon.  For more information, please visit

About The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research

The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research is a multispecialty practice with 24 physicians fellowship trained in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery and physical medicine, and 21 mid-level providers. Serving the region for over 50 years, The Center physicians have shared a commitment to the community with a focus on personal care for patients all over Central Oregon. A strong dedication to research has allowed the physicians at The Center to help develop new technologies and techniques, offering Central Oregon residents medical options unavailable in other areas of the country. To learn more visit