QUEENSBURY, NY (September 22, 2020) – Hudson Headwaters Health Network has been recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as one of the top federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in the nation. The organization was ranked 12th in the nation in the category of Health Center Quality Leaders in 2019. This standing represents the top 1 percent of all federally qualified health centers in the United States.
The US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) annual Quality Improvement Awards celebrate quality, efficiency and value provided by the nation’s 1,368 federally qualified health centers. These awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide, along with those that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year. Hudson Headwaters received recognition in many award categories that align with the organization’s mission including quality, patient access to health care, reducing health disparities, information technology enhancement and patient-centered care.
As a result of awards received in various categories, Hudson Headwaters has received over $278,000 to be used for additional quality improvement activities
According to Hudson Headwaters CEO Dr. Tucker Slingerland, the quality awards are reflective of, and underscore Hudson Headwaters’ mission. “This recognition underscores our commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centered health care and access to that care for everyone in our communities. The ongoing hard work and dedication of our staff has resulted in this outstanding level of recognition.”
Hudson Headwaters’ staff consistently works to ensure that patients receive appropriate screenings and tests to help maintain and improve overall health and wellbeing – especially for those with certain health conditions. These include mammograms, blood pressure monitoring, diabetic eye exams and certain cancer screenings. Patient outreach via phone calls, emails and texts are conducted to educate patients about the importance of these tests and to encourage patients to visit their primary care providers.
Health centers are evaluated both nationally and within their state. Within New York, Hudson Headwaters Health Network was ranked third in the category of Health Center Quality Leaders. There are 62 FQHCs in New York state; Hudson Headwaters received the second largest amount of award money in New York.