In 2011, CHCB achieved national accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. This means that we take extra care to track patients who have chronic diseases such as Diabetes, or are at an age where critical annual screenings, such as colonoscopies, need to begin.
For example, for our diabetic patients we track each and every one of their hemoglobin A1c3 levels, call if they miss an appointment, make sure they get regular retinal and foot care checks and their nurse is given the time to ensure they receive extra health education and referrals as needed.
Two common, vital screenings that we track are for colorectal cancer and cervical cancer.
Currently, 42% of our patients 50-75 years old have had screening for colorectal cancer and for women ages 23-64, 63% are up to date on their pap smears for cervical cancer screening.
By increasing these numbers, not only do our quality markers go up, but early detection and treatment outcomes improve for our patients as well.
What Can You Do?
In these specific situations, if you are over 50 and have not had a colonoscopy in the last 10 years or a stool test, please make an appointment with your provider to discuss this as soon as possible. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among men and women. Early screening is a very effective way to detect cancers or pre-cancers and get them treated.
If you are a female between 23 and 64 and have not had a pap smear in the last 3-5 years, make an appointment as soon as possible. If you have had a pap smear with another provider or clinic, please call and ask them to send us your records so we can keep track of your results as your Patient-Centered Medical Home.
Our accreditation is a reflection of our commitment to the future of health care in our community. By managing and preventing chronic disease and promoting healthy life-styles, we aim to empower our patients to take a pro-active approach in managing their self-care and wellbeing.