As we head into the holiday season, I reflect on gratitude for good health. I am thankful to be healthy and thankful to our team for their dedication to maintain the health of our patients and our community. Recently, we received high recognition for the quality of care provided at CHI. In fact, we were ranked as one of the highest performing health centers nationwide due to significant quality improvements over previous years.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded CHI with bronze status as a “Health Center Quality Leader.” That means we are ranked in the top 21-30 percent overall in clinical performance among patient-centered medical homes in the United States! CHI received an Access Enhancer award for increasing the number of patients served by 5%, and an Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality distinction for best usage of services such as technology and increased patient positive outcomes. HRSA awarded CHI based on a comparison of CHI’s clinical quality measures to more than 1,400 other health centers across the nation.
This is a testament to the team here at CHI, their expertise and compassion to give the best care to everyone. I am so proud of their work and accomplishments.
As you count your blessings this season, I encourage you to take ownership in the mental healthcare of children in our community. Buy a Brick of Hope for yourself, loved ones or friends as a present. It’s the gift that lives on forever as it supports the building of a Children’s Crisis Center to provide overnight intensive mental healthcare for kids. Your bricks will line the entrance to the new center and remind kids in crisis that you and many others care for them. You can do so on our website at chisouthfl.org/bricksofhope/.
Finally, I want to mention two big events we are planning for December. On December 3rd, we will host our World AIDS Day walk to raise awareness for lives lost and highlight prevention and testing. It will take place at JL and Enid W. Demps Park in Goulds from 7:30 am to 1 p.m. Also, make sure you don’t miss our big Holiday Festival outside of the Doris Ison Health Center on December 17th. We will be watching the movie The Grinch, there will be entertainment and best of all, we will be giving away toys! ‘Tis the season for family fun.