Award-Winning Health Center
On October 23, 2015, during MPCA’s annual Clinical and Quality Conference, Missouri’s Community Health Centers received some well-deserved recognition, among them Affinia Healthcare. At the Clinical Quality Awards luncheon at the Hilton Convention Center in Branson, Missouri, Affinia Healthcare was honored for providing outstanding, high quality healthcare by MPCA’s Center for Health Care Quality. Surrounded by applause from Community Health Center colleagues and partners across the state, members of Affinia Healthcare celebrated a year of concentrated effort to provide quality health care to its community. All Awardees had to reach or exceed a standardized national goal percentage set by the MPCA Medical Director network (based on Healthy People 2020, National Quality Forum, NCQA, HEDIS, etc.) on one of three levels: Bronze (achieving four of seven measures), Silver (five of seven measures), and Gold (six out seven measures). Clinical measures for 2015 encompassed diabetes control, hypertension control, cervical cancer screening, weight assessment, and counseling for children and adolescents, childhood immunizations, colorectal cancer screening, and clinical depression screening.
Affinia Healthcare was awarded for achieving a bronze standard. The achievement of Affinia Healthcare in providing high-quality healthcare services to its patients is as much a win for the community as it is for the health center staff.
The MPCA Center for Health Care Quality houses training and technical assistance programs and quality improvement initiatives. Most recently, Center for Health Care Quality staff provided consulting and coaching services to assist health centers with Primary Care Medical Home recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance.
(Pictured): l. Suma Nair, Director, Office of Quality Improvement, Bureau of Primary Health Care; Dr. Melissa Tepe, Affinia Healthcare Chief Medical Officer; Sonia Shanklin, Affinia Healthcare Director of Health Center Operations, Clinical Operations; and Susan Wilson, Chief Operating Officer for the Missouri Primary Care Association.