Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health re­ceives na­tional qual­ity award

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— Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health, a non­profit Com­mu­nity Health Cen­ter based in Denton, was re­cently awarded a Qual­ity Im­prove­ment grant of more than $148,000 from the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.

The grant was awarded in recog­ni­tion of Chop­tank’s ef­forts to ex­pand ac­cess to com­pre­hen­sive care, im­prove health care qual­ity and out­comes while in­creas­ing com­pre­hen­sive care de­liv­ery in a cost-ef­fec­tive way. The Chop­tank Model of Care ad­dresses health dis­par­i­ties by ad­vanc­ing the use of health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and de­liv­er­ing pa­tient-cen­tered care to the res­i­dents of the Mid-Shore re­gion.

Chop­tank was rec­og­nized as a Health Cen­ter Qual­ity Leader, which puts them in the top 30 per­cent of com­mu­nity health cen­ters na­tion­wide that achieved the best over­all clin­i­cal per­for­mance on spe­cific qual­ity mea­sures. Chop­tank per­formed in the top quar­tile na­tion­wide in clin­i­cal qual­ity mea­sures such as adult weight as­sess­ment and coun­sel­ing, di­a­betes con­trol, child­hood im­mu­niza­tions, den­tal sealants for chil­dren, and coun­sel­ing about ac­tiv­ity and nu­tri­tion in child­hood.

“Com­mu­nity health cen­ters pro­vide co­or­di­nated, com­pre­hen­sive, and pa­tient-cen­tered care to mil­lions of Amer­i­cans,” said HHS Deputy Sec­re­tary Eric Har­gan. “They have a track record of de­liv­er­ing qual­ity care at sig­nif­i­cantly lower cost and are vi­tal part­ners in our move­ment to­ward a health sys­tem that de­liv­ers qual­ity, af­ford­able, value-based health care for all Amer­i­cans.”

In 2017, more than 27 mil­lion people re­lied on a Health Re­sources and Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion-sup­ported health cen­ter for af­ford­able, ac­ces­si­ble pri­mary health­care, in­clud­ing one in nine chil­dren 17 years or younger; one in five ru­ral res­i­dents;one in three people liv­ing in poverty; and­more than 355,000 U.S. vet­er­ans.

“It is a great honor to re­ceive na­tional recog­ni­tion for the out­stand­ing qual­ity care that pa­tients re­ceive when they visit Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health,” said Chop­tank Pres­i­dent and CEO Sara Rich. “We have ex­cep­tional providers and care teams that are fo­cused on im­prov­ing the health out­comes of our pa­tients. This award rec­og­nizes that Chop­tank con­tin­ues to make a pos­i­tive im­pact on pa­tients, fam­i­lies, neigh­bors and the com­mu­nity as whole.”

Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health has been pro­vid­ing pri­mary med­i­cal and den­tal care to res­i­dents of the Mid-Shore since 1980, with of­fices in Fed­er­als­burg, Denton, Golds­boro, Cam­bridge, Eas­ton and St. Michaels. They also pro­vide med­i­cal care in schools in Caro­line and Tal­bot coun­ties and preven­tive den­tal ser­vices in schools in Caro­line, Tal­bot and Dorch­ester coun­ties as well as to the Mid-Shore sea­sonal mi­grant pop­u­la­tion.

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