A regional health care provider and a national dental support organization are forming a partnership to put physicians and dentists under one roof, allowing practitioners to seamlessly share information on patients and giving patients access to their primary and dental health records all in one place.

Barry Arbuckle, president and CEO of MemorialCare, and Pacific Dental Services founder and CEO Stephen Thorne recently announced the joint venture at Pacific Dental Services headquarters in Irvine.

“We know this is going to elevate patient care,” Arbuckle said. “It allows oral health and physical health to be combined where clinical evidence has suggested it needs to be.

“We can reduce costs for the patients, we can increase access to care for the patients and connect folks who have a primary care doctor that don’t have a dentist with dentists, and visa-versa,” he added.