Additional HCMC clinics certified as Health Care Homes

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.

Six HCMC clinics certified as Health Care Homes

Six of Hennepin County Medical Center’s primary care clinics are now certified as health care homes. 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. Locally, the concept of Health Care Homes was introduced as part of Minnesota’s health reform legislation in 2008, and they are also part of a national initiative to ultimately improve the health of the population, the patient/consumer experience, and the affordability of health care.

HCMC’s certified Health Care Home clinics include East Lake Street Clinic, the downtown Pediatric Clinic, Richfield Clinic, Positive Care Clinic, Aqui Para Ti, and the Coordinated Care Clinic. These clinics met the series of requirements that included continuous access, care coordination, care planning, registry and quality improvement.

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