SMCS is committed to providing the highest quality of care possible and we are honored to have received three National Quality Leader awards.
In January 2015, SMCS was the only health center in Vermont, and one of only 57 recipients nationwide, to earn the National Quality Leader designation announced by HHS for exceeding national clinical benchmarks based on the Healthy People 2020 objectives and health center national averages. Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) stated, “These funds reward and support those health centers that have taken steps to achieve the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement.”
In October 2015, SMCS earned its second National Quality Leader Award. Acting HRSA Administrator Jim Macrae commented, National Quality Leaders are health centers that are the “highest performers compared to national standards and benchmarks in key clinical areas. National Quality Leaders received funding if they met or exceeded 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.”
SMCS received its third National Quality Leader award in July 2016, the only health center in New Hampshire or Vermont to receive this honor.
Bob DeMarco, RN, MA, BSN
Chief of Quality & Systems Improvement
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