Holy Cross Hospital Receives Certification for Four Additional Patient Centered Medical Home Facilities

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (January 20, 2014) – Expanding on a new model of care that began as a pilot program three years ago with the support of a grant from the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Holy Cross Hospital has received Level 3 certification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for four Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) and now offers the innovative program at five facilities.

“All five of our Patient Centered Medical Homes have received Level 3 certification, the highest level achievable,” said David A. Taub, MD, MBA, who serves as chief medical officer of Holy Cross Medical Group.  “We will continue to create additional facilities in which patients and medical teams work collaboratively in a structured way that enhances care and reduces healthcare costs.”

The four facilities that received the Level 3 PCMH certifications and the teams that led the process are: Holy Cross Medical Group Wilton Manors Practice at 1402 NE 26th St. in Wilton Manors (Karl Brot, M.D., FAAFP, and Cornelius H. Scannell, M.D.); Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex at 1000 NE 56th St. in Fort Lauderdale (Anele R. Manfredini, M.D.); Holy Cross Medical Group Office of Angela Busch, DO at 5601 North Divie Highway in Fort Lauderdale; and Holy Cross Medical Group Medical Multi-Specialty Group of West Broward at 8391 W. Oakland Park Blvd. in Sunrise (Howard S. Koch, M.D., Steven F. Linden, M.D., Cornelius H. Scannell, M.D. and Veronica Munera, M.D.). Holy Cross Medical Group Mercy Family Life Center at 114 N. Flagler Ave. in Pompano Beach was certified as a Level 3 PCMH in 2013.  

The PCMH model is based on patients being engaged in their own care through education that begins at the time of the clinical visit or shortly thereafter while their medical providers work together in teams to treat the patient and monitor progress. For example, patients receive individualized educational materials while caregivers and family are enlisted to help. The care team includes physicians who collaborate on care plans and nurses who follow up with patients to ensure any needed tests were performed.  By utilizing electronic health record tools and a disease registry, the five Holy Cross PCMH facilities can also track patients who receive care elsewhere for a more comprehensive understanding of the patient’s progress and the opportunity to close care gaps.  In addition, as part of a PCMH goal of reducing patient visits to emergency rooms, several slots each day are made available for patients who need to be seen that day or the next.

NCQA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.  In a set of standards that describe clear and specific criteria, it gives PCMH practices information about organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time.

About Holy Cross Hospital
A part of Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 557-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.