A History of Innovation
The Tri-Cities region in the 1970’s faced many challenges. With a majority of the medical staff in the area preparing to retire, the hospital grew very concerned. There were many provider positions to fill, but recruiting to the area was nearly impossible. As the number of unhealthy people in the region continued to grow, the area was in great need of primary care physicians.
It was through this need that the HMG founders had a vision. At this time, Dr. Jerry Miller served as president of the medical staff at the hospital. He worked with John Dodson, the hospital administrator, to apply for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant. Dr Miller, with the help of several founders, envisioned a family practice that was doctor-owned, that would nurture compassionate relationships with the goal of providing one-stop shopping.
In October of 1976, this vision became a reality. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded $476,000 to HMG. On January 3, 1977, HMG saw it’s first patient – the rest is history.
“We felt a family practice that was doctor-owned, doctor-driven and doctor-led – and that would nurture compassionate relationships with the goal of providing one-stop shopping – would be extremely successful.”
Dr. Jerry Miller
Founder of HMG
“I remember telling the Foundation, ‘we are going to make a success of this. Your only choice is if you want to join us.”