Variety Care Names Interim Chief Medical Officer


May 11, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care is proud to announce that Nathan Valentine, M.D., has been selected to serve as the Interim Chief Medical Officer, after a thorough and extensive nationwide search was conducted. 


Valentine was born in Florida and moved to Oklahoma as a child, graduating high school in Oklahoma City.  He completed undergraduate education at Oklahoma State University and Medical School at the University of Oklahoma followed by Family Medicine Residency at Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas.  He then returned to Oklahoma City to start a solo house call Practice for patients who have difficulty leaving their homes.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a CAQ in Hospice and Palliative Care.  He has served as the Variety Care Director of Family Medicine since 2013, splitting his time between administrative duties and primary care clinic.  He is active in the Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma statewide research project aimed at decreasing cardiovascular disease.  He serves as the Project Lead of the Chronic Disease Management Clinic (CDMC) at Variety Care.  With an interest in clinical quality improvement efforts on many fronts as well as generally optimizing care to underserved populations, he is a member of the Clinical Quality Committee of the Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA).


Dr. Nathan Valentine said that in his new role, he will be able to continue Variety Care’s mission of providing access to healthcare.  “I have enjoyed my time as Family Medicine Director. While I will miss parts of that role, I appreciate this opportunity to contribute at the organization and community level. At Variety Care we are leading the push to improve the quality and accessibility of affordable healthcare for all Oklahomans--there exists no more meaningful a way to spend one's time.”


Lou Carmichael, Variety Care Chief Executive Officer, states “Dr. Valentine has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the mission of Variety Care, showing real passion for our dedication to the tenets of PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) and an unwavering commitment to quality.  He was unsurpassed in his understanding of the quality efforts we are making and I am excited to see what the future holds under his clinical leadership and expertise.”


Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central and western Oklahoma. In 2015, we provided comprehensive and coordinated medical, dental, behavioral health, vision, and social services to 96,582 individuals through 287,644 encounters.  A United Way partner agency, Variety Care serves patients with insurance and without insurance and strives to make health care affordable and accessible for all patients.  The Variety Care Foundation provides philanthropic support and community awareness for Variety Care and its efforts.