Valley Clinic Network Receives Multiple Awards

Valley Clinic Network Receives Multiple Awards

Congratulations to Valley’s Clinic Network on these recent awards/recognitions:

Clinic Network – Target: BP American Heart Association & American Medical Association Gold Level Recognition
Dr. Kim Herner, Chief Quality Officer says, “Primary care clinic teams have demonstrated significant improvements in hypertension and cholesterol management through data driven monitoring, iterative PDSAs, and evidence-based standard work. Join me in congratulating these teams for their drive to provide excellent patient care.”

It was a team effort for the Clinic Network to meet the Target: BP standard. The Ambulatory Care Pathway committee and multidisciplinary/ multispecialty work group worked to standardize blood pressure targets and guide appropriate medication management.

Informatics developed the tools in Epic that hardwire and support the care pathways. Valley Medical Center’s Professional Development Specialist and Training Coordinator promoted accurate and consistent blood pressure measurement through training. The Primary Care, Specialty Care, and Urgent Care Quality Committees embraced a second BP initiative in 2018 – 2019 to identify false positive elevated BPs. These combined efforts helped improve the accuracy of BPs recorded in the patient record and insured the use of evidenced based guidelines to improve our community’s blood pressure, one patient at a time.

Cascade Primary Care, Fairwood Primary Care, Lake Sawyer Primary Care, and Kent Station Primary Care – 2019 Check. Change. Control Cholesterol American Heart Association Gold Level
The Ambulatory Care Pathway committee adopted the American Heart Association & American College of Cardiology Blood Cholesterol Guideline. Informatics launched a risk estimator in Epic. Providers and care teams were educated on appropriate statin intensity for patients with or at risk of heart attacks and strokes. These professionals and clinic teams demonstrate dedication to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes.

Valley Primary Clinics Earn National Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition for Second Consecutive Year

Valley’s Primary Care Clinics each have been awarded the Patient Centered Medical Home annual recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the second year in a row. In 2019, Valley underwent the new annual reporting process that is now required for maintaining PCMH recognition.

• Cascade Primary Care
• Covington Primary Care
• Fairwood Primary Care
• Kent Primary Care
• Lake Sawyer Primary Care
• Maple Valley Primary Care
• Newcastle Primary Care
• Renton Highlands Primary Care
• Valley Family Medicine

Our two newest clinics have also joined the Valley PCMH recognition ranks this year:

• Kent Station Primary Care
• Valley Senior Care & Internal Medicine

Learn more about the Patient Centered Medical Home.

Valley Primary Care Clinics Receive Recognition for Their Achievement in Diabetes Control
The NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program is a voluntary effort to identify clinicians who provide diabetes care consistent with the comprehensive diabetes care measures within the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®). Clinicians who achieve DRP Recognition show their peers, patients and others in the Diabetes community that they are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for its skill in providing the highest-level diabetes care.

“NCQA’s Diabetes Recognition Program honors the vanguard, professionals using the best science to help patients cope with one of modern life’s most pervasive illnesses,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend UW Medicine | Valley Medical Center Primary Care Clinics for providing high quality care and for going the extra mile to help people with diabetes.”

Read more about the NCQA Diabetes Recognition program.

Primary Care Providers Nationally Recognized for Providing High Quality Heart & Stroke Care
Valley Medical Center primary care clinics are pleased to announce that the National Committee for Quality Assurance has awarded 26 primary care providers (see list below) with their Heart and Stroke Recognition (HSRP).
Read more about the NCQA Heart/Stroke recognition program.

  • Dr. Jennifer Avila-Smith
  • Dr. Todd Curtis
  • Megan Dippe, PA
  • Dr. Steve Durch
  • Dr. Grace Gamponia
  • Dr. Dhruva Gulur
  • Dr. Mike Kaminski
  • Dr. Shannon Kropp
  • Dr. Arthur Lew
  • Dr. Wuaca Luna
  • Erin Marckel, PA
  • Dr. Shreeketa Mehta
  • Dr. Thanuja Narenda
  • Dr. Dina Nguyen
  • Dr. Long Nguyen
  • Dr. Kristen Parker
  • Dr. Robert Prongay
  • Dr. Seema Rai
  • Dr. Rodney Riedel
  • Dr. Devin Schock
  • Dr. Johnny Shum
  • Dr. Chris Stepan
  • Dr. David Sweiger
  • Dr. Aristotle Sun
  • Dr. Paul Waldrop
  • Dr. Zhimin Zhai

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