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Family Medical Centers receives $124K in funding

September 3, 2018

IRONTON — The Ironton Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization’s Family Medical Centers has been awarded more than $124,000 in grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, according to a news release.

The grants were awarded in recognition of the Family Medical Centers’ continued quality improvement efforts, according to Diane Smith of the community action organization.

The health resources and services administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal agency awarded some $125 million in quality improvement awards to 1,352 community health centers in the United States, according to the release.

The awards recognize the highest performing health centers in the country as well as those who have made significant strides in quality improvement over the past year, according to the release.

“We are more than pleased to receive this award,” Gary Roberts, director of operations for the Family Medical Centers, said in a prepared release. “It is a direct recognition of the hard work and concentrated efforts that our staff does on an ongoing basis to ensure that our centers provide quality service to members of our community.”

The funding will be used to enhance and strengthen Family Medical Centers programs in order to continue to improve the quality of the organization’s mission to measurably improve the well-being of local residents, Roberts said.

There are several Family Medical Centers locations in the county - one in Aid, one in South Point, one in Chesapeake, one in Proctorville and two in Ironton, one at the One Stop and one at St. Mary’s Medical Center’s complex. They serve more than 13,000 people per year.

The Family Medical Centers has an active quality improvement committee that meets on a monthly basis to discuss patient concerns, available training opportunities, updates in the world of medicine that can bring improvements to the organization’s scope of services and other issues that affect the overall quality of services and program, according to the release.

The grant, totaling $124,418, was awarded in recognition of electronic health record reporters, clinical quality improvers, being health center quality leaders, advancing health information technology and achieving patient-centered medical home recognition, according to the release.

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