CHI St. Gabriel's Family Medical Center
Little Falls, MN
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. His leadership has enabled grant funding to be put to practical use, demonstrating positive outcomes both financially and from a patient care perspective. During this time, Dr. DeVine added buprenorphine to his primary care practice, to improve rural access to treatment from opioid use disorder. Through legislative funding and grant procurement, Dr. DeVine and his colleague Dr. Heather Bell initiated Minnesota’s first ECHO educational program and a pilot project to replicate their system to reduce and monitor opioid prescribing in a rural clinic setting. improve rural access to treatment from opioid use disorder.
Wednesday, April 24
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM