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August 30, 2022

Chewelah, WA. August 29, 2022 – The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded NEW Health with “2022 Community Health Center Quality Recognitions”. These national awards recognize health center organizations who have made notable quality improvement achievements.

Each calendar year, health centers like NEW Health are required to report a core set of information including data on patient characteristics, services provided, clinical processes and health outcomes, patients’ use of services, staffing, costs, and revenues as part of a standardized reporting system.

Based on 2021 reporting, this year NEW Health was awarded the “Access Enhancer” and the “Health Disparities Reducer” recognitions.

Out of more than 1,300 health center organizations across the nation, just 38% received “Access Enhancer” awards which recognize health centers who have increased by at least 5% the number of patients who receive at least one comprehensive service, such as mental health or dental.

Additionally, only 32% of health centers received “Health Disparities Reducer” awards which recognize health centers who met benchmarks for target clinical quality metrics. NEW Health exceeded the Healthy People 2030 national target for hypertension control (60.8%) with a rate of 73.98%.

NEW Health also received recognition for the organization’s designation as a “Patient Centered Medical Home” (PCMH). The National Committee for Quality Assurance grants NEW Health’s PCMH designation based on achievement of national standards which are reported annually. Health care organizations who earn this recognition have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care. Research demonstrates that organizations with PCMH recognition improve quality and the patient experience, and increase staff satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.

“I am proud of NEW Health’s commitment to patient-centered, high-quality health care. These awards are just another testament to our employees’ dedication to provide our patients and our communities with the best care,” states NEW Health CEO Desiree Sweeney.

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The mission of NEW Health is to promote health and wellness within our communities by providing integrated, open-access healthcare for all. NEW Health operates primary medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services for residents of Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties. NEW Health serves over 16,000 patients annually and employs more than 150 staff. Bringing healthcare into communities and communities into healthcare since 1978. Learn more at www.newhealth.org/about.

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