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Health Centers Recognized for Quality

Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and HRSA Administrator Dr. Sigounas visited Mary's Center in Washington, D.C.From left, Maria Gomez, CEO of Mary's Center in Washington, D.C., received a $200,000 Quality Improvement grant Wednesday from HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas. The agency issued $125 million in awards to 1,352 grantees during Health Center Week.

"Community health centers ... have a track record of delivering quality care at significantly lower cost, and are vital partners in our movement toward a health system that delivers quality, affordable, value-based health care for all Americans."

– HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan

The Deputy Secretary said Mary's Center on Georgia Avenue is emblematic of health centers across the nation — serving more than 40,000 patients at eight clinics in central D.C., southern Montgomery and Prince George's County, Md.

In 2016 alone, the health center reported $5 million in no-cost service to some 8,700 indigent clients speaking more than 50 languages. Founded in 1988, and funded by dozens of government agencies, foundations and private donors, Mary's Center makes literacy a core mission, with classrooms in-house: More than 95 percent of kids served there can read and write.

See awardees for all 50 states and seven territories, and learn more about the health center quality improvement awards.

Dr. Tollie Elliot shakes hands with Dr. Sigounas

At left, Dr. Tollie Elliott, Chief Medical Officer, greets Dr. Sigounas on behalf of the medical, dental and behavioral health staff. Mary's Center employs 60 senior clinicians -- physicians, dentists, nurse midwives, psychiatrists, Ob-Gyns, NPs, PAs and more — half of whom are bilingual in English and Spanish. Before turning to medicine, Dr. Elliott was a school teacher. Watch video highlights hrsa exit disclaimer.

"With over 220,000 hardworking healthcare providers taking a holistic approach to patient care, HRSA-funded Health Centers are able to treat the entire person," Dr. Sigounas said later. "We integrate mental health, oral health, substance use disorder, and primary care services in our care delivery model ... Congratulations on 30 years of success serving your community. This community is healthier and stronger because of your dedication and I applaud you."

Photo from health centers in Pennsylvania and Washington

Meanwhile, in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania., Tri-State CHC Board President Tracy Salvagno (left) and CEO Susan Walter received a Quality award from HRSA Deputy Regional Administrator Leah Suter; and Dr. Asqual Getaneh and Teresita Batayola, CEO of International Community Health Services in Seattle, Washington, were recognized by Regional Administrator Sharon Turner.

Photos from New York State and Colorado health centers

In New York, HRSA Deputy Regional Administrator Cheryl Donald (center) and CAPT Chandi Ghosh presented the improvement award to Brooklyn's Sunset Park Health Center — while Regional Administrator Nick Zucconi honored Doug Jones, Chairman of the Board of Clinica Campesina Family Health Services, in Lafayette, Colorado.

For more on HRSA's Health Center Program and view the UDS health center data.

From two clinics in 1965, the Community Health Center Program has grown to some 11,000 clinicial locations nationwide. Find one near you.

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Date Last Reviewed:  September 2018