UPDATED: Community Health Center in Sioux Center Awarded $31,210 In Federal Grant Funding

Sioux Center, Iowa — Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center has been awarded $31,210 in federal funding that recognizes quality achievements and invests in ongoing improvements.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced $36.3 million in Quality Improvement Awards grants to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and seven U.S. territories. The health centers receiving the awards are proven leaders in areas such as chronic disease management, preventive care and use of Electronic Health Records to report quality data.

Nancy Dykstra, executive director of Promise Community Health Center tells us what they do and how they do it.

Dykstra tells us how they can operate with reduced fees.

But, Dykstra says this funding is different. It’s more of a reward that reflects the tremendous team effort the staff gives to make Promise a quality performer, she says.

She says they expect to serve even more people in the future. In fact they’re trying to get the word out about their services.

She says unlike other federal programs, there is not much paperwork and you don’t have to prove citizenship. All they need to know is how much you make so that they can decide how much or how little to charge.

More about Promise Community Health Center and the award they have received:

Promise was recognized among the top 30 percent of Federally Qualified Health Centers nationwide for achieving best overall clinical outcomes by receiving $16,210 in funding in the Health Center Quality Leaders category. Nationwide, 361 health centers received $11.2 million in the category. Promise also received $15,000 in funding in the Electronic Health Records Reporters category for using EHRs to report clinical quality measure data on all of its patients. Nationwide, 332 health centers received about $4.9 million in funding in the category.

“These funds reward and support those health centers that have taken steps to achieve the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement,” said Health and Resources Administration administrator Mary Wakefield.

For a list of Quality Improvement Awards recipients for fiscal year 2014-15, visit www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2014tables/qualityimprovement/. Promise Community Health Center, headquartered in Sioux Center, is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the far northwest corner of Iowa. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org.

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