About Us

Physicians Choice Medical Group is a physician-directed, community-based medical group. Physicians Choice Medical Group's purpose is to be the finest medical group in the area and to provide the highest level of medical care to our members.  

Vision Statement

Physicians Choice Medical Group will be the preeminent medical group with which to contract for health care in the area.  We will provide the highest level of care and member service with skill and compassion to promote healthy, resilient lifestyles. We will strive to be innovative in the manner our members receive care, and to optimize the quality of the care the member receives.


Physicians Choice Medical Group is a joint effort by local physicians living and practicing from Santa Maria to Paso Robles.  In March of 2011, the Midcoast IPA (Santa Maria) and the San Luis Obispo IPA merged their respective Medical Groups to form Physicians Choice Medical Group. Both groups, SLO and Midcoast, had successfully operated for several years independently. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform) the groups decided it was best to come together to form one physician network up and down the Central Coast.

PCMG now sees over 15,000 members through several health plans including Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Physicians Choice, Secure Horizons, and United Healthcare. It is managed by Managed Care Systems which is headquartered in Bakersfield but has a local office in San Luis Obispo where it employs residents of the Coast.

PCMG has over 65 primary care physicians and 247 local specialists. It is affiliated with the three Dignity Health Hospitals on the Coast: Marian Medical Center (Santa Maria), Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and French Hospital Medical Center (San Luis Obispo).


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04/01/2011 SLO Select and Midcoast Care Become Physicans Choice Medical Group The Central Coast's only locally-owned Physician Networks are joining forces and changing names to reflect a unified network for the Central Coast. SLO Select, based in San Luis Obispo, and Midcoast Care, based in Santa Maria, are now Physicians Choice Medical Group. "It just makes sense for the physicians who live and work in the Coastal communities to combine forces to provide a higher level of insured medical service at the lowest possible cost", said John Okerblom MD, the new elected President of the Group. Okerblom went on to say, "Our physicians have decades of experience working together to enhance quality while managing the costs of health care. As the only locally owned physician network, know the needs of our community. We keep our health care and business decisions local. We also bank in our community". Physicians Choice will continue to contract with Aetna, Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Cigna, Health Net, Secure Horizons and United Healthcare and collaboratively work with French, Arroyo Grande and Marian Hospitals.

Health Care Decision Making Process Defined: Physicians Choice Medical Group believes in making quality medical decisions in a fair manner. No specific financial benefits for staff or management are available based on their decisions regarding medical care. Physicians Choice Medical Group understands that special care must be taken to make sure that members receive appropriate care.

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