Only FQHC in Vermont to receive National Quality Leader award
Gifford Health Care has received three top awards from the Department of Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for quality Primary Care services. One of only 11 Vermont Health Centers to receive the grants, Gifford was the only FQHC in the state to receive the National Quality Leader Award.
“Gifford is proud of the care and compassion demonstrated everyday in our practices,” said Chief Operating Officer Barbara Quealy. “We appreciate the talent, hard work, and commitment to quality that makes Gifford special.”
HRSA presents Quality Awards based upon high levels of performance in one or more of five categories. Gifford received three Fiscal Year 2017 Quality Grant Awards:
- Clinical Quality Award (notable quality improvement 2015-2016)
- Health Center Quality Leaders Award (best overall clinical performance among all health centers)
- National Quality Leaders Award (exceeded national clinical quality benchmarks, including chronic disease management, preventative care, and perinatal/prenatal care)—the only FQHC in Vermont to receive this award.
The combined award funding received was $129,722, more than twice the amount Gifford received last year and the highest amount received by any Vermont FQHC in Fiscal Year 2017. The funding is to support continued improvement in the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care services.
Gifford offers Primary Care at six convenient clinics in Central Vermont (White River Junction, Rochester, Chelsea, Belin, Bethel, and Randolph). Services include prenatal and pediatric care, women’s health, family and internal medicine, chronic disease management, and behavioral health. For more information visit giffordhealthcare.org