Jim Scott

Jim Scott
Email:  Jim

Current Appointment
Adjunct Faculty, Division of Management

BA, Natural Sciences, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR 1968
Bachelor of Medical Science, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH  1970
MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA  1972

Residency – Family Practice, University of Rochester, Rochester NY 1972-1975
Board Certified, Family Practice 1975, 1981, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2007
Advanced Training Program in Clinical Quality – Intermountain Health Care, 1996

Dr. Scott is a board certified family practitioner.  He has always had a passion for patient centered care and quality improvement in health care.  He practiced in rural Oregon for 20 years, where he was a founder in 1976 of the Siuslaw Rural Health Center, an innovative experiment in rural health care with a focus on patient and community control of care.  He later went on to found the Family Health Center of Florence, a progressive primary care practice in Florence, Oregon, which has now grown into a 20-member group including all physicians in a small coastal community.  In that community he was chief of staff of the local hospital (3 times), and led numerous efforts related to improving the local health care system.  He served on the local hospital board for many years.  

Since the early 1990s, Dr. Scott has held numerous positions within PeaceHealth, an integrated health system with facilities in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.  These have included:  physician administrator of a local clinic and health system, Director of development of a clinical information system, Vice President for Health Care Improvement for the system, Senior Vice President for Clinical and Operational Improvement, and Senior Vice President for Medical Practice Development.  In this role he had accountability at the system level for development of PeaceHealth Medical Group, a 500 provider multispecialty group serving 3 states.  Areas of focus included clinical quality, information systems, outcomes measurement, and implementation of evidence based medicine and operations. He was the executive sponsor of a transformational initiative focused on planned care (Medical Home).  

Dr. Scott was a member of the PeaceHealth Executive Team for over 10 years.  He was the original executive sponsor for a Robert Wood Johnson/IHI 'Pursuing Perfection' grant awarded to PeaceHealth's Whatcom region. He served as the system campaign leader for the IHI 100k lives campaign.  He continues to have a singular passion for development of a health care system that strives for care that is optimal for each individual patient, and provides the supports for the care team essential to make that happen.  Currently Dr Scott is serving as Dean of the PeaceHealth Advanced Training Program (ATP) in clinical improvement, an intensive 4 week program for clinicians and other leaders focused on quality, safety, and value in health care.