Pueblo Community Health Center Wins Quality Award
(Pueblo, CO, Sept 14, 2020) – Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC) is pleased to announce that they have been named a Health Center Quality Leader awardee by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This award recognizes the highest performing health centers nationwide. As a Health Center Quality Leader, PCHC achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers nationally, placing in the top 20% for clinical quality measures for the second year in a row. Only five of 20 CHC’s in Colorado achieved this award.
A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), PCHC provides comprehensive primary and preventive care in a medical home setting. This team-based approach is led by a health care provider and includes case management, care coordination, and targeted disease management support. “PCHC’s quality improvement programs are embedded and integrated within the organizations workflows that assist staff to monitor, assess, and improve the quality of health we deliver,” stated Chad Hess, PA-C and Associate Medical Director and Quality Manager at PCHC.
Compared to peer community health centers nationally, PCHC was ranked based on quality of care and health outcomes and disparities. Quality of care measures long-term health outcomes and timely and routine preventive care such as childhood immunizations and asthma management. Health outcomes and disparities measures impact of clinical intervention to project long-term health income.
Medicaid clients who use FQHCs are less likely to have an emergency room visit, an inpatient hospitalization, or preventable hospital admission. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NAHCH), not only do health centers perform just as well or better on quality measures, they provide care at lower costs. Health centers save $2,300 per patient, per year versus non-health center patients.
Pueblo Community Health Center’s mission has been the same since 1983: To provide primary health care to those in need. In 2020, over 23,000 patients received care at a PCHC facility. To learn more about PCHC and its Foundation, please visit www.pueblochc.org and like or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.