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February 22, 2012

SIU Quincy Family Medicine Receives National Recognition as Patient Centered Medical Home      

SIU HealthCare’s Quincy Family Medicine has received recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health-care quality. The designation recognizes outstanding, innovative practices that use the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, in which clinician-led teams enhance access and oversee continuity of care, especially for prevention and chronic conditions.

“This recognition from a national organization proves that we can improve the quality of care for our patients and improve our position to negotiate with insurance companies for a more cost-efficient bottom-line,” said Dr. Timothy Ott,  assistant professor. Dr. Ott chaired the Quincy PCMH committee, which also included Dr. Joe Kim, assistant professor, Dr. Ra Nae Stanton, assistant professor, Jeanne Hill, office administrator, Dinah Davidson, head nurse, and Adam Bruns, IT support.

“The recognition demonstrates the top-level quality care we are providing to our patients in the Quincy area. The Patient Centered Medical Home 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 medical school’s PCMH workgroup.

“The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance. By combining access, teamwork, and technology, these new standards raise the bar in defining high-quality care.”  
Quincy Family Medicine, located at 612 N. 11th St., provides comprehensive family care, including maternity, pediatric and geriatric care, with approximately 32,000 patient visits annually.  The center has 12 faculty physicians, 19 resident physicians and 50 support staff who provide care for patients of all social and economic backgrounds.

The Quincy program is one of five family medicine programs of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Other programs are located in Decatur, Carbondale, West Frankfort, and Springfield. All have received recognition from the NCQA.

About the PCMH model