Arlington, VA
Press Release

Arlington Pediatric Center Earns National Recognition For Patient-Centered Care

September 17, 2015

Arlington, VA (September 17, 2015) – Virginia Hospital Center is proud to announce that Arlington Pediatric Center (APC) has again received the National Committee on Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition, its highest level of recognition.

“The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “This recognition demonstrates that Arlington Pediatric Center has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care at the right time.” Since opening as a community benefit program of Virginia Hospital Center in 2001, APC has enrolled nearly 12,000 children and provided more than 161,000 clinical visits to Arlington children living in low-income families and uninsured Arlington children.

“Safeguarding the health of children is vital to our community,” said James B. Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Hospital is proud to be associated with an organization as highly regarded and effective as Arlington Pediatric Center.”

 

APC’s impact on Arlington children in need is substantial and sustained.  Each year, APC:

·         Enrolls more than 600 new children, newborn to age 19

·         Provides acute and well-child care to 3,400+ children during 14,000+ encounters

·         Administers nearly 10,000 vaccines to keep children and the community safe from life-threatening, preventable diseases

·         Provides more than 350 free prescription medications to uninsured children

·         Assists 350 to 450 children in obtaining Medicaid or FAMIS benefits to ensure access to medical care, prescription medications, and dental care

·         Provides medical care and case management to more than 500 children with special health care needs

·         Incorporates the Reach Out and Read childhood literacy program into more than 1,300 well child visits

“To earn NCQA recognition, APC demonstrated that it embodies the key qualities of the medical home model,” said APC Medical Director Tatiana Zenzano, MD.  “This means that we provide high quality, compassionate, and cost effective care while serving families and children in need in our community.”

NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

 

About Arlington Pediatric Center (APC):

Arlington Pediatric Center opened its doors in 2001 as a community benefit program of Virginia Hospital Center and provides quality, compassionate, outpatient medical care to the children of low-income families and uninsured children living in Arlington County. For more information on Arlington Pediatric Center, please visit www.arlpedcen.org.

 

About Virginia Hospital Center:

Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 70 years and was again named one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals® and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations. Virginia Hospital Center is a 350-bed not-for-profit, teaching facility, and it is designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information on Virginia Hospital Center Health System, please visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com.

 

About NCQA:

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

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