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September 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 3

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Brumback Clinics Recognized as Among Top 10% of U.S. Health Centers for Clinical Quality

September 10 , 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics with several Health Center Quality Improvement Fiscal Year 2019 Grant Awards, including a gold badge as a Health Center Quality Leader for ranking among the top 10% of health centers nationally for clinical quality.
 
“To receive this top recognition validates all of the great work our clinics and staff provide every day for our adult and pediatric patients, including the homeless and migrant populations.,” said Belma Andrić, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, VP and Executive Director of Clinical Services of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. 
 
HRSA’s Quality Improvement Awards (QIA) program grants funds to expand clinics’ achievements in clinical quality improvement, care delivery efficiency, and the overall value of health care in the communities they serve.
The Brumback Clinics received a total of $176,501 in grants that include these three other awards: 
 
Access Enhancer Awards recognizes health centers that increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2017 and 2018.
Health Disparities Reducer Awards recognizes health centers that met or exceeded the Healthy People 2020 goals, or made at least a 10% improvement across different racial/ethnic groups between 2017 and 2018.
Patient Centered Medical Home recognition at multiple sites recognizes health centers that provide health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person. 
 
“Expanding access to quality primary care in our community is core to our mission,” said Darcy J. Davis, CEO of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.  “We will utilize the grant funds to further enhance clinical quality improvement, care delivery efficiency, and the overall value our clinics provide to our patients.” 
 
HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. To improve the overall quality, efficiency, and value of the health care services provided by the nation’s health centers, and to celebrate their recent achievements in providing care to more than 28 million patients, HRSA provides Quality Improvement Awards (QIA). The QIA support HRSA’s strategic goal to improve access to quality health care and services. These awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide and health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year.
 
The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics provide quality medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services to adults and children with or without insurance. The nine clinic sites throughout Palm Beach County, Florida, along with a mobile health clinic serving the homeless, are Federally Qualified Health Centers owned and operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. 
To learn more about HRSA’s QIA awards, please visit https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/08/20/hhs-awards-107-million-dollars-to-support-health-center-quality-improvement.html
 
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About the Health Care District  
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County provides primary medical care and dental services for adults and children at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, health coverage programs for eligible uninsured residents, a pharmacy operation, a nationally-recognized Trauma System, registered nurses in nearly 170 public schools, short and long-term skilled nursing at the 5-star rated Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riviera Beach, and acute care at its teaching hospital, Lakeside Medical Center, which is accredited by The Joint Commission and serves the rural Glades’ communities. 
 
About the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS25684 for Health Center Cluster in the award amount of $6,972,813.  Of the total project, 75.7% is financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics were granted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming status effective January 1, 2019. 
 
 
 
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