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Nome, Alaska – Norton Sound Health Corporation is being recognized as one of the nation’s top clinically performing community health centers. For the first time, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) named NSHC a “gold tier” Health Center Quality Leader awardee, meaning that the organization is among the top 10% of health centers to achieve best overall clinical performance nationwide.
That distinction, in combination with several other quality improvement indicator categories, earned NSHC a total award amount of $99,088. NSHC’s award amount ranked third-highest in the state, among 26 other health centers.
HRSA Quality Improvement Awards recognize achievements in the following ways:
- Improving cost-efficient care delivery, while also increasing quality of care
- Reducing health disparities
- Increasing both the number of patients served and the patients’ ability to access comprehensive services
- Advancing the use of health information technology
- Delivering patient-centered care
NSHC improved on measures such as tobacco intervention, colorectal cancer screening, and childhood immunization status. The organization also had an increase in medical and mental health patients.
NSHC received awards of $19,538 and $38,800 – the highest amount statewide – in the categories of Clinical Quality Improvers and Health Center Quality Leaders. In addition, the organization received $10,750 for advancing health information technology for quality and $30,000 for its patient-centered medical home recognition.