Oak Street Health announces plans to enter four new states, including Iowa
Oak Street Health has announced its plans to expand into four new states. The centers will be opened in Little Rock, Ark.; Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Kan.; and Richmond, Va., starting this summer. This expansion marks the 25th state in which Chicago-based Oak Street Health will provide care for older adults. Mike Pykosz, CEO of Oak Street Health, highlighted the organization’s mission to improve health care for older adults nationwide. The expansion into these states will enable Oak Street Health to serve new patients, create jobs and address health equity gaps in these communities. Oak Street Health is known for its personalized, preventive primary care model designed specifically for older adults. The comprehensive approach includes behavioral health care, support for social determinants of health, and a combination of in-center, in-home, and telehealth appointments, as well as a 24/7 patient support line. By implementing this model, the company has significantly reduced patient hospital admissions compared with Medicare benchmarks and achieved notable reductions in 30-day readmission rates and emergency department visits. To learn more about Oak Street Health’s primary care model, visit its website.