Dr. Heather Bell, MD
In 2012, Dr. Heather Bell began her family medicine practice in rural MN. With her visionary leadership, Dr. Bell has been influential in redesigning the primary care delivery model across the clinic by adopting whole person centered care and instituting guiding principles which led to the clinic earning recognition by the state of Minnesota as a Medical Home. As an emancipated minor, Dr. Bell’s childhood brought many challenges. Losing a mother as an early teen and coping through family chemical abuse and addiction instilled the strength of perseverance, courage and desire to make a difference through the practice of medicine. As opioid use and related issues became increasingly apparent, Dr. Bell identified that the whole-person care approach of the medical home model was most appropriate for re-engineering the approaches to care.
Dr. Bell became very active in the Controlled Substance Care Team within the clinic setting and recently introduced medication-assisted addiction treatment using buprenorphine as part of her primary care practice. Her leadership and perseverance are transforming the clinic practice, demonstrating success in both cost savings and patient care outcomes.
Kurt DeVine, MD
Dr. Kurt Devine has been a full spectrum family medicine physician for more than 26 years. As a practicing physician in Rural Minnesota, he has faced many unique challenges caring for patients in the primary care setting amid evolving care delivery models demanding forward-thinking and creative strategies for change. As opioid use and its attributing issues became increasingly apparent, he became more engaged and involved with the local community task force assembled to address concerns of opioid use and dependency within the county. He quickly discovered the importance of guiding change with a strong provider champion and building impactful community partnerships. His leadership has enabled grant funding to be put to practical use, demonstrating positive outcomes both financially and from a patient care perspective.
Recently, he has begun medication-assisted addiction treatment, introducing the use of buprenorphine as part of his primary care practice. As he continues to provide ongoing support and education to his colleagues, Dr. Devine has been a change agent, creating a culture shift within his practice. It is through his remarkable leadership that a small rural clinic has made significant progress related to the treatment of opioid misuse that is recognized across the country.