Three additional HCMC primary care clinics have recently achieved Health Care Home (HCH) certification by the Minnesota Department of Health: Whittier Clinic, Brooklyn Center Clinic, and Brooklyn Park Clinic. In addition, six existing HCH clinics have been recertified in 2012, including East Lake Street Clinic, the downtown Pediatric Clinic, Richfield Clinic, Positive Care Clinic, Aqui Para Ti, and the Coordinated Care Clinic.
A health care home or a medical home is a patient- and family-centered way of providing coordinated primary care for all patients, especially those with chronic and complex conditions. Care coordinators play an essential role in this approach. At HCMC, this role is performed by both community health workers and registered nurses, depending upon the complexity of care coordination needs. These care coordinators work closely with patients and families to manage all aspects of care, and are key partners on the patient’s health team.
“Health Care Home is a transformative change in our care model,” said DeAnn Rice, HCMC’s Ambulatory Care Coordination Manager. “It’s a journey — not a destination. It is only made possible with the support of leadership, providers, dedicated staff, and patient involvement.”
HCMC is re-committed to certifying all of its primary care clinics as health care homes.