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January 18, 2011

SIU's Family Medicine Center Receives Excellence Award

The Southern Illinois Family Medicine Center has received an Award for Excellence from the Your Healthcare Plus program for providing quality medical care in diabetes.  The awards are given to medical providers in Illinois who achieve high marks in recognized measures of quality for chronic conditions.  The Carbondale center, part of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, is among the first groups in the state to be recognized.

Your Healthcare Plus (YHP) is a Medicaid program that promotes and coordinates care for many Illinoisans with chronic conditions.  The YHP recognition is awarded to medical practices that achieve outstanding patient care at above standard performance levels according to specifications detailed for specific disease states.
"We're delighted to recognize the outstanding care that the people at SIU Carbondale deliver to their patients.  Such excellence does not happen by accident.  Instead it's a result of the concerted efforts of an entire health care team along with a strong partnership with their patients.  It is clear that good leadership is in place within SIU’s family medicine department to enable these results," explains Dr. Carrie E. Nelson, YHP medical director.

“I am pleased to accept this recognition on behalf of our physicians, resident physicians and support staff.  It is only with the dedication of this team that we have been able to improve the quality of care for our patients with diabetes.  The patients, as an integral part of our team, also have made a commitment and should be commended for their participation in the management of their chronic disease,” said Dr. Penny Tippy, professor and associate chairperson of family and community medicine.

The Southern Illinois Family Medicine Center, located at 305 West Jackson St. in Carbondale, provides comprehensive family care, including pediatric and geriatric care, with approximately 20,000 patient visits annually.  The center has 11 faculty physicians, 18 resident physicians and 25 support staff who provide care for patients of all social and economic backgrounds.  Management of acute and chronic illnesses as well as disease prevention and screening are emphasized.