Pictured, from left, first row, are Bonnie Meydam, RN; Meghan Doyle, MA; Connie Moore, MA; Kena Gray, operations director; Shelley Sumner, LPN; second row, from left, Sarah Wilson, RN; Jody Hayes, RN supervisor; and Debbie Azzarello, RN.
EAST ALTON — The National Committee for Quality Assurance has announced that Bethalto Health Center in East Alton, operated by Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, has received the Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.
Drs. Uraiwan Tana Hompluem, Fei-Tung Leu, Nanthini Suthan, and Krishna Kunche, along with Danielle Bogue and the Bethalto Health Center staff, were honored for providing personalized, coordinated and efficient care for their primary care patients in Madison County.
The committee’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster partnerships among patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits, so patients become active participants in their health and well-being.
Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” National Committee for Quality Assurance President Margaret E. O’Kane said. “Recognition shows Bethalto Health Center has the tools, systems and resources to provide patients with the right care, at the right time.”
To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Bethalto Health Center demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. Committee standards align with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.
“PCMH Recognition demonstrates Bethalto Health Center’s leadership as a provider of high-quality care,” Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation President and CEO Larry McCulley said. “The process of PCMH Recognition enables the center to continue strengthening the quality of care and outcomes for its patient population.”
Bethalto Health Center, 2 Terminal Drive in East Alton, offers primary care services for patients, including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, along with specialty services such as psychiatry, family therapy, obstetrics and gynecology, and general dentistry. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 618-258-8460.
To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org.