Mike Cannon joined the staff of Grants Pass Clinic in February of this year following the closure of PrimaryHealth. From January 2019 to December 2019 he was the Community Outreach Specialist at PrimaryHealth. Prior to this Mike spent 20 years in case management in California, Nevada and Oregon.
His current position is Grants Pass Clinic Behavioral and Community Health Coordinator. We call Mike “the problem solver.” His primary responsibility is to interface with providers, medical assistants and nursing staff regarding patient care needs around the social determinants of health. Mike also helps patients access behavioral and community support services.
What Mike likes the most about Grants Pass Clinic is the feeling of being part of a united “work family.” With the challenges of the global pandemic, clinic staff and providers have pulled together to continue to provide comprehensive medical and behavioral health services for our community. Mike has stepped up to the challenge and volunteered to help out at the Greeter desk even when he had other clinical duties to attend to.
Now a little about Mike’s interests.
Mike’s favorite restaurants are Jimmy Johns, Taqueria Mexico and Orchid Grill. In Medford for a nice meal out he enjoys Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings and Kaleidoscope.
When he isn’t working Mike enjoys playing golf on the Applegate and Dutcher Creek courses. For a different challenge he will head to Centennial in Medford. He enjoys watching movies and hanging out with friends and family. Favorite movies are Caddy Shack with Bill Murray and anything with Tom Hanks but particularly Forrest Gump, Castaway and the Green Mile.
One thing not commonly known about Mike is that he was Bachelor #3 on an episode of the Dating Game. This is the same year he moved to Melbourne, Australia where he lived for 8 months.
Rocky is the name of the cat who adopted him a year and a half ago. For quite some time Rocky would meet him at his front door when he arrived home from work. One night Rocky decided not to leave. This might have something to do with the cat food Mike has been feeding him.
Thanksgiving is Mike’s favorite holiday due to the great food and the time spent with loved ones. If he could share a meal with anyone it would be his brother Randy who tragically passed away last November. Randy was living in Thailand at the time and is believed to have contracted an early case of the deadly virus which has impacted so many. Mike would also like to share one last meal with his grandmother who passed fifteen years ago.
Mike’s motto is to treat others the way he would want to be treated. What makes him happy and what he finds most rewarding is being a strong and empathic advocate for those in need. We are lucky to have him on the Grants Pass Clinic team.
By Nina Lara, FNP-C