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HRSA Recognizes Valley-Wide Health Systems as National Quality Leader

Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. is pleased to report that Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae recently announced that Valley-Wide will receive two awards totaling $67,358 in Affordable Care Act funding in recognition of achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care.

Valley-Wide will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure, and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve in the San Luis Valley, the Lower Arkansas Valley and Cañon City.

“Today’s funding rewards those health centers that are achieving the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Macrae. “The awards will help health centers continue to provide comprehensive primary care to the nation’s most vulnerable communities.”

Recognition as a “Clinical Quality Improver” was awarded to Valley-Wide for showing improvement in one or more clinical quality measures between 2013 and 2014, demonstrating a significant improvement to their patients’ health. Valley-Wide received $20,679 for this award.

Recognition as a “National Quality Leader” was awarded to Valley-Wide for meeting or exceeding national clinical quality benchmarks, including Healthy People 2020 objectives, for chronic disease management, preventive care, and perinatal/prenatal care, demonstrating health centers’ critical role in improving quality health care nationwide. Only 61 health centers received funding in this category nationwide. Valley-Wide received $46,679 and was the only health center in Colorado to receive this award.

“These funds will allow high performing health centers to continue to deliver better, smarter care to their patients,” said HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care Acting Associate Administrator Tonya Bowers.