Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $107 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,273 health centers across nearly all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these awards to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the health care they provide. These awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year. Shenandoah Community Health was recognized in four categories, which included a national award for achievements in clinical quality improvement, care delivery efficiency, and the overall value of health care in the communities they serve.
HRSA's Quality Improvement Awards recognize the work that health centers do to address health priorities by designating health centers that ranked in the top 1-2% in one or more key areas—behavioral health, diabetes prevention and management, and heart health—as National Quality Leaders. The top 30% of health centers that achieve the best overall clinical performance receive designation as Health Center Quality Leaders.
These awards also recognize health center achievements in other areas, including improving cost-efficient care delivery while also increasing quality of care, reducing health disparities, increasing both the number of patients served and patients' ability to access comprehensive services, advancing the use of health information technology, and delivering patient-centered care.
Pam Kania, Regional Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), visited Shenandoah Community Health on Monday August 26, to present SCH CEO, Michael Hassing, with the following awards:
For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services to patients. Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate approximately 12,000 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 28 million patients nationwide. For more information on your community health center, Shenandoah Community Health, visit www.shencommhealth.com.