Dr. Abby DeVries, Medical Director of Piedmont Health, is pleased to announce that all eight of Piedmont Health’s community health centers received Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. Prospect Hill CHC and Charles Drew CHC received recognition in December 2014 and the remaining six received recognition in July 2015. The six newly-recognized sites were among the first medical practices in the country to apply under the new, more advanced 2014 guidelines.

“It is an affirmation of the quality of the medical services that we provide to our patients in all of our communities” said Dr. DeVries. Kudos to all of the employees of the health centers that worked to achieve this recognition.”

PCMH recognition is granted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance after a number of conditions are met. These conditions include same-day access to medical services, continuity of care, coordination of external referrals, self-management goal setting, and continuous quality improvement, among other things.

The concept began in the early 2000s in pediatrics. Generally speaking, a medical home delivers care through a team of health-care professionals working in a coordinated manner with the goal of achieving optimal patient outcomes. It’s an environment in which we work as a team, with the patient at the center.

Level 3 is the highest level of recognition. Piedmont Health has provided patient-centered, coordinated, culturally competent care in its community health centers since they first opened 45 years ago. PCMH designation has allowed Piedmont to enhance our workflows and place a renewed focus on the patient, while receiving credit for the work our staff has long done for patients.

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