APPLE VALLEY, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mark Pottenger was named Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the Apple Valley Medical Clinic, located within the Apple Valley Medical Center. He replaces Mike Foley, who left the clinic to become Chief Operating Officer at Children’s Respiratory and Critical Care Specialists.
Pottenger spent the last 25 years as Administrator of Northwest Family Physicians, based in Crystal, Minn. While there, he led the development of the Crystal Medical Center and supported key quality initiatives that resulted in Northwest Family Physicians being ranked as the number one clinic by Consumer Reports Magazine based on quality and cost data. Northwest Family Physicians was also named one of 11 “exemplary primary care practices” out of 15,000 in the United States by the Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center.
“Coming from an independent primary care practice, I believe in the value that independent physicians provide to the community,” said Pottenger. “Apple Valley Medical Clinic is one of the premiere primary care practices in the Twin Cities and presents an exciting opportunity for me to be part of its growth and patient care services.”
Pottenger holds a B.A. degree in hospital administration from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., and a certificate in advanced health care management from the University of St. Thomas. He also completed a mini MBA in health care management from the University of St. Thomas. Pottenger is a board member and founding member of Physicians Service Network and a board member of Minnesota Healthcare Network and PrimaCare Direct. He also is active in the Minnesota Medical Group Management Association and a member of the group’s national organization.
Background: The Apple Valley Medical Center includes the independent Apple Valley Medical Clinic of 13 family practice physicians and one physician assistant, serving patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., five days a week. It also includes a 24-hour Urgent Care center. In addition, through an affiliation with United Hospital, part of Allina Health, approximately 25 specialty physicians see patients through the United Specialty Center, providing services in allergy and asthma; ankle and foot; cardiology; colon and rectal surgery; dermatology; ear, nose and throat; general surgery; low back & neck care; ob/gyn; ophthalmology; orthopedics; orthopedic spine; podiatry and urology. The Apple Valley Medical Center also houses United Medical Imaging for digital mammography, ultrasound, CT and MRI scans; a full-service pharmacy; and physical medicine and rehabilitation care through Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy - Apple Valley.