The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The grants are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Marillac Community Health Centers, dba Daughters of Charity Health Centers (DCHC), received $274,064 of the $2,894,641 awarded to community health centers in Louisiana, the highest single amount received in the state. The funding assists health centers to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in their respective communities.
DCHC, whose patient population increased from 39,000 in 2016 to more than 51,000 in 2017, making it Louisiana’s largest community health center, also received distinction as a National Quality Leader (one of 36 nationally and one of two in Louisiana), meaning that the entity exceeded national clinical quality benchmarks (including Healthy People 2020 goals) for chronic disease management, preventive care, or perinatal/prenatal care. Additionally, for achieving the best overall clinical performance among health centers nationwide that placed in the top 30% of the adjusted quartile rankings for clinical quality measures, DCHC was recognized as a Health Center Quality Leader. This marks the fourth consecutive year that DCHC has been ranked as one of the top community health centers in America.
“These rankings and dramatic increases in the number of patients served reflect the historical passion of the Daughters of Charity answering the community’s call. In 1834, the Daughters were asked to manage Charity Hospital, which they did with distinction. In 1859, they built a hospital called Hotel Dieu, and were known as healthcare innovators. This recognition from HRSA and DCHC becoming the state’s largest community health center demonstrate the longevity and effectiveness of the Daughters’ mission of providing compassionate, holistic care for everyone,” said Michael G. Griffin, DCHC’s president and CEO.
DCHC also earned awards in several other Health Center Quality Improvement Award indexes, including electronic health record reports, enhancing access to care, delivering high value care, addressing health disparities, advancing health information technology, and achieving patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition.