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March 28, 2012

SIU Family Medicine Receives Recognition as Patient Centered Medical Home           

SIU HealthCare’s Springfield Center for Family Medicine has received recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health-care quality.

“The PCMH model has allowed us to streamline patient care from disorganized visits to an ongoing, coordinated partnership among patients and providers,” said Dr. Harald Lausen, associate professor and chair of the SIU School of Medicine’s PCMH work group.
With this recognition, five SIU family medicine practices have been recognized by the NCQA for their implementation of the PCMH model, in which clinician-led teams enhance access and oversee continuity of care, especially for prevention and chronic conditions. The other SIU practices certified by the NCQA are located in Quincy, Decatur, Carbondale and West Frankfort.

“We are very proud that national organizations are recognizing the quality care that SIU provides,” said Dr. Jerry Kruse, professor and chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine. “This recognition shows that SIU is leading the way to advance primary care to a model that not only provides the best integrated, coordinated care but also creates jobs and provides a better bottom-line for the increasing costs of health care.”

Margaret E. O’Kane is president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. “The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care,” O’Kane said. “By combining access, teamwork and technology, these new standards raise the bar in defining high-quality care.” 

Dr. Laura Loesel chaired the SIU Center for Family Medicine PCMH committee, which also included Dr. Janet Albers, Vickie Daley, Dr. Michal Dynda, Airn Etherton, Janice Frueh, PharmD, Melinda Hoagland, Dr. Harald Lausen, Dr. Lauri Lopp, and Iris Wesley.

The SIU Center for Family Medicine Clinic is a 28,000 square-foot facility located at 520 N. Fourth St., featuring 33 exam rooms and three procedure rooms with a staff of 43 professionals who support the administration and clinic in providing approximately 40,000 annual outpatient visits. The clinic also serves as a residency training program established in 1972 that prepares future family physicians in the care of children, adults and seniors within community and hospital settings including obstetrical, procedural, nursing home and end-of-life care. 

About the PCMH model