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Two Dorchester health centers designated 'Medical Homes'

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 7, 2013 12:50 PM

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Two Dorchester health centers have been recognized nationally for their patient-centered care.

The Codman Square Health Center and the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center were both designated Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

“Serving one of our most diverse neighborhoods, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center and Codman Square Health Center make sure that anyone who walks through their doors receives the highest quality care,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, said in a statement. “This national recognition of their work affirms what we in Boston have been fortunate to know for years – that their commitment to health goes beyond individual patients and extends to the community as a whole.”

The designation is the highest level granted by the committee, which reviews health centers across the country. In the release it said the designation, “affirms the health centers’ high level of commitment to providing pro-active, personalized, efficient, cost-effective, quality care that works for the whole community.”

Walter Ramos, the CEO and president of the Dorchester House, said the centers are more than places to get better, but resources for the community.

“The community-based Medical Home model is a critical aspect of health care reform. The Dorchester House and the Codman Square Health Center are essential resources in Dorchester and I am very proud of our teams for achieving this level of recognition,” Ramos, said in a statement. “The patient is at the center of everything we do, and we will continue our work to provide world class health care to the residents of this community.”

The adopting of the Patient-Centered Medical Homes model has reduced hospital admissions, improved disease management, slashed emergency room visits, and increase rates of cancer screening, a number of studies have shown, according to the release.

“Providing access to care at times when the patient wants it, including evenings and weekends, in a way that is culturally and linguistically appropriate, is essential to the PCMH model and to our two health centers,” Dr. Philip Severin, chief medical officer at Codman Square Health Center, said in a statement. “We think that every patient deserves a doctor who puts them and their family first while providing excellent care with the assistance of an exceptional team.”

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