March 13, 2012

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Katy Sparks
Bend Memorial Clinic

Bend memorial clinic acquires northstar neurology 

BEND, Ore. — March 13, 2012 — Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC) is pleased to announce the addition of NorthStar Neurology and the NorthStar Neck & Back Clinic to the organization effective May 1, 2012.

NorthStar Neurology includes board certified neurologists, Drs. Francena Abendroth, Craigan Griffin, and Richard Koller. All are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of simple and complex neurological conditions such as neuromuscular and movement disorders, dementia, headache, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. These well respected Physicians have been practicing at NorthStar beginning in 1997 when Dr. Koller established the Koller Clinic, which later became NorthStar Neurology when Dr. Griffin joined.

“The opportunity for NorthStar to add our expertise to the established strengths of BMC could not have come at a better time,” said Dr. Koller. “The new era of healthcare encourages collaboration and efficiency with a goal of improved patient care – all the natural components of this agreement.”

Also joining will be the NorthStar Neck & Back Clinic (NSNBC) which is a comprehensive, specialized program for the treatment of chronic neck and back pain.  NSNBC utilizes evidence based medicine to improve overall spinal fitness through the reconditioning of spinal structures and tissue which results in improved long term treatment outcomes.

“We are very excited to have NorthStar Neurology join Bend Memorial Clinic,” said Greg Hagfors, CEO, BMC.  “The addition of this well respected team brings an entirely new service to BMC for the benefit of our collective patients.  Using evidence-based neck and back treatment has proven to be a successful alternative to surgery for many patients.”

NorthStar Neurology and the NorthStar Neck & Back Clinic will operate out of the BMC main campus at 1501 NE Medical Center Drive as well as their existing location in Northwest Crossing at 2863 NW Crossing Dr.   All providers and staff will join BMC.

About Bend Memorial Clinic
Bend Memorial Clinic includes more than 100 providers representing 30 specialties including Urgent Care, Primary Care, Specialty Care, Imaging and Clinical Services. With five locations BMC is the largest multi-specialty group in Central Oregon and provides quality, convenient healthcare known as TotalCareTM. The Clinic has provided primary and specialty care since 1946. For more information, please visit