Centerville Clinics has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Health Center Quality Leader for “exemplary service and commitment to quality healthcare” and has received a Quality Improvement grant.
In a letter announcing the award, HHS Administrator George Sigounas noted, that Centerville Clinics, Inc. placed in the top 30 percent of all health centers nationwide in quality of patient care. Centerville is one of nearly 1,400 health centers nationwide.
The Quality Improvement grant to Centerville Clinics is part of $125 million awarded nationally. The grants, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will be used to improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery.
Centerville Clinics provides total healthcare throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, serving more than 40,000 patients.
Joe Yablonski, chairman of the Board of Directors at the Clinics, said that being recognized as Health Center Quality Leader underscores the role that the Clinics plays.
He said, “Centerville Clinics has been a valuable part of its community since my grandfather, Joseph A. “Jock” Yablonski, led a group of coal miners who wanted to bring quality medical care to the small communities in western Pennsylvania. Centerville Clinics opened in 1955, with two doctors seeing patients at offices in a local farmhouse. Those founders were well ahead of their time as they strived to help people in rural communities, especially the rural poor and their children.
“Today, our network of clinics consists of more than twenty primary care providers, at 11 locations throughout four counties. Most importantly, we never have lost sight of our goal: to provide total, quality healthcare to the entire community.”
Dr. Daniel Holt, medical director at Centerville Clinics, pointed to the continuing challenge of meeting community healthcare needs.
“I’ve been confident for many years about the quality of care being delivered at Centerville Clinics,” he said. “Over the past several years we have had the opportunity of clarifying this by reporting on quality measures.
“It is true that, in today’s medical climate, it gets more and more difficult to deliver quality care. We continue to advance our current quality. Our Quality Improvement department works diligently to assist providers to make sure that the same quality care is delivered to all patients.”
He added, “As an administrative staff, we continue to develop strategies to improve the care of our patients. As a provider, delivering quality care to my patients is very important and I am thankful for the support and resources made available by Centerville Clinics.”