The Community Health Center of the New River Valley was recently awarded a “Health Center Quality Improvement Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This funding is presented to health centers across the country who have shown improvement and success with patient care and quality. Virginia had 26 qualifying Health Centers receive funding in varying amounts.
The financial award of $64,484 was based on the Community Health Center’s high performance in categories including: Improving Clinical Quality of Care, Increasing Access to Care, Addressing Health Disparities, Using an Electronic Health Record to Track Quality, and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition.
In the Center’s fourth year as a federally-qualified health center, patient access and services continue to expand. The Montgomery Center in Christiansburg is nearing six months of renovations and upgrades which has added two new exam rooms and a fifth dental operatory; a new Pulaski/Radford Center opened in Dublin in April; and the Community Health Center Giles Center in Pearisburg added an additional dental operatory and denture lab service this spring.
“It has been a remarkable journey over the past four years completing the transition from free clinic to a large, multi-site and multi-service Community Health Center,” states Michelle Brauns, CEO. “And our priority has been providing access by opening doors to patients where there were no doors previously. This quality award demonstrates that we’ve successfully accomplished this while continuing to provide top-notch, quality health care.”
The Community Health Center of the New River Valley provides affordable and high quality medical, dental, behavioral and preventative health care services to people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. For more information about the Community Health Center’s services and programs, visit our website at www.chcnrv.org or call 381-0820.