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New Medical Director joins Optum

Release Date: 1/18/2013

Lance Wilson
Dr. Lance Wilson leaves Lovelace Health System post to join ABQ HP

January 18, 2013 , Albuquerque, NM – Optum is pleased to welcome Lance Wilson, MD, as its new Medical Director.  Dr. Wilson will initially focus on expanding the hours and capabilities of Optum’ three urgent care clinics and further coordinating hospital, emergency room and outpatient services.

Prior to joining Optum, Dr. Wilson was the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Lovelace. In his new role, Dr. Wilson will work with the physician group’s three urgent care clinics across Albuquerque to create a methodology that ensures patients receive care commensurate with their illnesses.

“Approximately 80 percent of cases that are treated in emergency rooms could be treated at urgent care clinics instead,” said Dr. Harry Magnes, President of Optum. “As a result, ERs are overburdened and costs are higher. Dr. Wilson’s extensive expertise in emergency medicine will enable patients to get the most effective, most economical and most cost-effective medical care.”

Dr. Wilson will work with the urgent care clinics located at the Optum Journal Center, Rio Rancho and Montgomery Healthcare Centers and has helped to expand the hours of service to 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week to better serve patients (currently, many urgent cares don’t open until 8 a.m.). 

“I’m a firm believer in the coordinated care model Optum promotes,” said Dr. Wilson. “It’s a very patient-centered, physician-driven approach that ensures better health outcomes and cost savings for patients and providers alike. I’m excited to be a part of a group where I can make a real difference in patients’ lives and the way health care is delivered.”

Dr. Wilson earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico, where he also completed his residency in emergency medicine.

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