Williamsport Regional Medical Center Residency Program Receives National Recognition

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The Williamsport Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program was recently recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for implementing evidence-based practices that are focused on high-quality patient care and long-term relationships.

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This designation is a testament to the Family Medicine Residency Program’s mission to provide our patients with the highest quality of personalized care while offering state-of-the art, patient-focused training for our residents.

The Williamsport Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program was recently recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for implementing evidence-based practices that are focused on high-quality patient care and long-term relationships. To earn the Level 3 or highest recognition, the Family Medicine Residency Program demonstrated the ability to meet all of the program’s key standards, which are aligned with principles established by the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

“We are honored to be recognized by the NCQA as a Patient-Centered Medical Home,” said Associate Director Timothy Heilmann, MD. “This designation, which is valid for the next three years, is a testament to the Family Medicine Residency Program’s mission to provide our patients with the highest quality of personalized care while offering state-of-the art, patient-focused training for our residents.”

PCMH is a healthcare model designed to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care. This team-oriented approach promotes partnerships between the individual patient and his or her primary doctor to develop patient-directed goals that foster clear communication and consistent, coordinated healthcare. Research indicates that medical homes not only improve the quality of patient care and the overall patient/provider experience, but have also been proven to reduce healthcare costs.

According to NCQA President Margaret E. O’ Kane, “PCHM 2011 advances the patient-centered medical home as a paragon of 21-century primary care. By emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients to improve health, these new standards raise the bar in defining high-quality care.”

To learn more about Susquehanna Health and the Williamsport Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, visit SusquehannaHealth.org. For additional information on the PCMH program, visit http://www.ncqa.org/recognition/.

About Susquehanna Health
Susquehanna Health is a three-hospital integrated health system including Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital and the Williamsport Regional Medical Center located in north central Pennsylvania. Serving patients from an 11-county region, Susquehanna Health is a healthcare leader and has been recognized at the national and state levels for quality of care, including the Data Advantage Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation for Healthcare Value and the Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Blue Distinctions designation for cardiac care, spine surgery and hip and knee replacement. Susquehanna Health offers a wide array of services that include cancer treatment, heart and vascular care/heart surgery, neurosciences including neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, OB/GYN, gastrointestinal services, behavioral health, physical rehabilitation, home care, long term care, assisted living and paramedic/ambulance services.

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in healthcare.

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