Providence Medical Group Physicians Recognized for Excellence

April 12, 2017 11:52 am Published by

Twenty-one Providence Medical Group physicians and nurse practitioners were recognized for providing excellence in healthcare by national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants (PRC).

The “Five Star” recognitions are awarded to providers who score in the top 10 percent nationally for excellence in patient attitudes. The awards are based on the survey question asking patients to rate the care they’ve received from a team or an individual provider. Awards are based on how often respondents gave a rating of excellent on the survey question.

“This is a tremendous honor and underscores our commitment to continuously improve the healthcare experience by providing a higher level of care to our patients,” said Bob Murphy, president of Sacred Heart/Providence Medical Group. “These surveys give patients the opportunity to voice their opinion, while giving us valuable insight into ways we can build on quality improvement initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to patient-centered care.”

The Providence providers who received “5 Star” recognitions are: Drs. Brittany Barnes, Robert Israel, Thomas Myers, Chrystal Griffis, Frank Pitruzzello, Kristina Ray, Romsel Ang, Allison Douglas, Joseph Bornstein, Rebecca Curtiss, Gino Divittorio, James Ruble, Teresa Oglesby, James Walker, Daniel Burch, David Macrae, Steven Kahalley and Richard Whitlock. Nurse practitioners Kathy Walker, Susann O’Connor and Brenda Smith were also recognized.

Providence Medical Group is the area’s largest non-profit network of primary care and specialty physicians with more than 20 locations across South Alabama and Southern Mississippi and 70 physicians from specialties including family medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, general surgery, radiation oncology and more. For more information about Providence Medical Group, visit

PRC is a national healthcare marketing research firm that works directly with more than 2,000 hospitals and healthcare organizations in their quest to provide excellent experiences for their patients. The objective of PRC is to make healthcare organizations better places for employees to work, physicians to practice medicine and for patients to be treated.


About Providence

On the Gulf Coast, Providence based in Mobile, Alabama, and Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Florida, are part of Ascension. Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more on Providence, visit