Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) has been an innovation driver in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years. Innovation led by CEO Carlos Olivares has fueled rapid growth for the organization, with YVFWC now serving more than 125,000 patients across rural Washington and Oregon as a managed care powerhouse. By developing robust analytical tools, implementing strong data-driven change methodologies and transforming the care delivery process to leverage the tremendous data available in the community, YVFWC is a leading force in an era of national healthcare reform.
While many organizations were hesitant to invest in the managed care market, Olivares was aggressively pursuing strategies to ensure strong financial outcomes for YVFWC, while also maximizing quality care for its patients. To make this a reality, Olivares has built one of the most robust and capable data-driven ambulatory care systems anywhere in the country. “We cannot continue to ask our providers to work harder, see more patients, document more and improve patient care. We need to tap into our data to help them make the right patient care decisions, faster, and with greater accuracy,” said Olivares.
Over the past two years, Olivares has invested heavily into foundational data infrastructure and analytics systems, but has done so intelligently and aggressively:
“Carlos Olivares is the type of CEO required to make healthcare reform a reality – driven to use data as the foundation for change, willing to take on risk to drive that change and always putting the well-being of his care teams and patients first,” said Todd Levin, Regional Vice President for Arcadia Healthcare Solutions. “This honor is well deserved. It is a testament not only to Carlos as an executive leader, but to the team of caregivers and leaders he has assembled at Yakima.”