St. John Valley

Fish River Rural Health receives quality improvement grant

MADAWASKA, Maine — Fish River Rural Health was one of 1,318 health centers across the United States to receive quality improvement award grant monies.

Fish River Rural Health, which has service delivery locations at Eagle Lake Health Center, Bolduc Avenue Health Center, Fort Kent Health Education & Training Center, Madawaska Community Health Center and St. John Valley School-Based Health Centers, received $153,080 as an earned achievement award.

The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, awarded funds to the HRSA-funded health centers to expand quality primary health care service delivery as well as continue to improve the quality improvement activities.

“These quality improvement awards support health centers across the country in delivering care to nearly 30 million people, providing a convenient source of quality care that has grown even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “These awards help ensure that all patients who visit a HRSA-funded health center continue to receive the highest quality of care, including access to COVID-19 testing and treatment.”

Federally qualified health centers are required to report via certified electronic health records to HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Uniform Data Systems every calendar year, according to Heather Pelletier, Executive Director and CEO of Fish River Rural Health. Those clinical quality and financial performance measures are weighed and tracked to help determine achievements of a clinic compared to stats and national peers.

FRRH was awarded the money broken down by category: the health center quality leaders, national quality leaders, access enhancers, health disparities reducers, advancing health information technology for quality and patient centered medical home recognition.

Pelletier said the money awards will go into state-of-the-art clinical equipment and technology to “increase FRRH’s ability to provide interdisciplinary healthcare with modern advancements.”

Pelletier added that all of the disciplines of FRRH including family medicine, dental, optometry, behavioral health, podiatry, care management and health education, contribute toward the quality metrics and therefore also benefit from the achievement awards.

“Modern healthcare technology advancements are made possible for the benefit of St. John Valley residents to compliment the quality achievement efforts of FRRH interdisciplinary team members,” Pelletier said.

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