SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) is pleased to announce that all six of its primary care locations have earned Level 3 recognition from the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
Level 3 is the highest level of Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition. To earn this honor, clinics must meet rigorous national quality standards emphasizing a high level of care management, integration of behavioral health screenings, and treatment into primary care practice, and engagement of patients in their care. The Level 3 designation is granted to primary care practices that ensure access, communication, and shared responsibility across the entire healthcare team, with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes. Partnerships between patients, physicians, and families are essential to this care.
“Making high-quality primary care readily accessible for patients is a core component to our healthcare transformation strategy,” comments Tim Ford, Chief Executive Officer for SMCS. He continues, “This requires commitment from staff throughout our organization, and we are extremely proud of the work they perform every day. Achieving this designation is truly an honor, and recognizes our team’s dedication to making high-quality, well-coordinated, and convenient healthcare available for our patients.”
Springfield Medical Care Systems is a not-for-profit, community-based health care system that includes nine community health center locations. Through its integrated health system, SMCS offers care that is patient-centered and emphasizes quality, access, and affordability for all, with financial assistance available based on a sliding fee scale. Services include primary and preventative health care for people of all ages, health screenings, nutrition counseling, mental health counseling, dental care, vision care, access to discounted pharmaceuticals, diagnostic lab and radiology services, and a broad array of acute hospital, inpatient psychiatric care, and specialty services. For more information about SMCS and its subsidiaries, please visit www.springfieldmed.org.