Worcester, MA – Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. was awarded today with a $166,405 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for achieving a high level of quality performance in 2017, including recognition as a National Quality Leader (Gold Award) and as a Health Center Quality Leader (Silver Award). Nationally, HRSA awarded $125 million to 1,352 community health centers across the U.S. for quality improvement.
Family Health Center of Worcester was recognized for achievements as a National Quality Leader (Gold Award), exceeding national clinical quality benchmarks, including Healthy People 2020 goals, for chronic disease management, preventive care, and/or perinatal/prenatal care. National Quality Leaders are among the top 2.6% of all HRSA-supported health centers nationally. Family Health Center was also recognized as a Health Center Quality Leader (Silver Award) for having achieved the best overall clinical outcomes, demonstrating high-quality across clinical operations. Health Center Quality Leaders are among the top 30% of all HRSA-supported health centers nationally.
Speakers at the event included Frances M. Anthes, President and CEO of Family Health Center of Worcester; Jeffrey Beard, J.D., Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration; John True, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Family Health Center of Worcester; Dr. Valerie Pietry, Chief Medical Officer, Family Health Center of Worcester; Afia Brayie Ossei, Patient, Family Health Center of Worcester; and Michael Curry, Esq., Senior Vice President, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.
“All of us at Family Health are very pleased to receive this prestigious award,” said Frances Anthes, President/CEO at Family Health Center. “It validates the work that we try to do every day, with every patient: provide the very highest quality health care in a respectful and caring way. The award speaks to the effort of each of our committed and compassionate staff, the team that comes to work each day ready to help provide health care to our community.”
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. is a Federally Qualified Health Center with a mission to improve the health and well-being of all residents in the Greater Worcester area, especially culturally-diverse populations, by providing access to affordable, high quality, integrated, comprehensive, and respectful primary health care and social services, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Family Health Center has 16 locations in Worcester, Southbridge, Webster, and Millbury; and delivers care in 55 languages.
Health centers advance a model of coordinated, comprehensive, and patient-centered care, integrating a wide range of medical, dental, behavioral, and patient services. Today, the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) funds nearly 1,400 health centers operating more than 11,000 service delivery sites. More than 27 million people in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin rely on HRSA-funded health centers for care.
For more information about Family Health Center of Worcester, please visit www.FHCW.org.
For more information about HRSA Quality Improvement Awards, please visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/quality/index.html.
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