History & Facts

bmc_old_photo-1-2-150x150It started as an idea.

In 1946, Dr. C.J. Rademacher realized that if he joined other physicians, they could offer a comprehensive healthcare as a group than they could separately. An internist named Dr. Max Hemingway, a general surgeon named Dr. Bradford N. Pease,  general practice and OB-GYN named Dr. Richard C. Robinson, and an Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat physician named Dr. Lorance B. Evers believed in Dr. Rademacher’s vision. They banded together, forming the foundation of what we now call TotalCare.

The first clinic location was at 1036 Wall Street in downtown Bend. Originally named the Robert Hemingway Memorial Clinic in honor of Dr. Hemingway’s fallen brother, the clinic soon outgrew its spot on Wall Street and moved to 409 NE Greenwood in 1957 where seven physicians practiced. When Dr. Hemingway left the group, the remaining doctors decided to re-name the clinic Bend Memorial Clinic.

Bend Memorial Clinic continued to grow. By 1976, the clinic moved to its current location at 1501 NE Medical Center Drive, where it continued to add physicians, staff, and specialties. In 1987, the clinic started to expand to neighboring communities. A satellite office opened in LaPine (subsequently closed in 2002), and in 1991 another satellite office was opened in Sisters. By 2005, another satellite office opened in Redmond, and in 2006 the Westside Clinic in Bend opened its doors. Recently, the Redmond clinic has expanded to offer a complete range of specialties and physicians. In the Fall of 2014, BMC opened an Old Mill District Clinic.

With five clinic locations and a firm commitment to the TotalCare promise, Dr. Rademacher’s vision has indeed come to life.

We invite our patients to join us as we continue making history in healthcare.