BAXTER SPRINGS - The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) clinics in Baxter Springs, Columbus and Coffeyville have received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), the highest level of recognition attainable.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that emphasizes ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians. Each patient’s care is overseen by a team of health professionals that coordinate treatment across the healthcare system.

“Our patients have always been at the center of everything we do,” said Terry Schirk, Chief Quality Officer for CHC/SEK. “We are very proud of the recognition as it reflects our continued commitment to providing access to the best resources and highest quality of care possible.”

In addition to higher quality care, research shows that patient-centered medical homes can lead to improved patient experience, better health outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

The clinics — located at 2990 Military Ave. in Baxter Springs, 120 West Pine in Columbus and 801 West Eighth in Coffeyville — earned the recognition by demonstrating the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home.

In total, CHC/SEK has five NCQA recognized locations in southeast Kansas including 3011 N. Michigan in Pittsburg and 1408 East St. in Iola.

For more information about CHC/SEK’s PCMH designation or to schedule an appointment, contact the clinics during regular business hours.