DCHC Receives $250,000 in Funding to Expand Behavioral
Daughters of Charity Health Centers is 1 of 3 community health centers in Louisiana (1 of only 2 in New Orleans) to receive a $250,000 award to expand behavioral health services, part of $54.6 million in funding made available by the Affordable Care Act to 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico. Health centers will use these new funds for efforts such as hiring new mental health professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder health services, and employing integrated models of primary care. Read more here
DCHC Celebrates National Health Center Week in a BIG Way
Daughters of Charity Health Centers marked National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2014 with FREE blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and vision screenings, along with Affordable Care Act/Health Insurance Marketplace assistance. The screenings and other resources were provided as part of a weeklong campaign (August 10-16) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.
DCSNO Hires New VP/COO
Frank Folino has been hired as the new vice president/chief operating officer for Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO).
Folino will be responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO), and will work closely with the president and CEO to manage the profit and loss statement for the organization. He will also provide management oversight for the development of high-quality, cost-effective and integrated clinical programs within the organization.
Daughters of Charity Opens Gentilly Health Center
Daughters of Charity Health Centers opened the doors to its newest location in Gentilly recently. This new facility, located at 100 Warrington Drive on the campus of Dillard University, will increase access to health resources for Gentilly residents, offering a full-service primary and preventive care practice, including women’s health (OB/GYN and prenatal services), primary care for children, adults and seniors, behavioral health services and more health resources under one roof.
Daughters of Charity Health Center at Gentilly is open to all members of the community Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The health care facility accepts most private insurances, Medicaid, Medicare, and GNOCHC. A sliding fee scale also is available, as well as low-cost medications through a pharmacy assistance program for those who qualify.
DCHC Recognized as National Model of Innovative Primary Care
Daughters of Charity Health Centers (DCHC) is among 30 clinics nationwide selected as an Exemplar Primary Care Practice by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Group Health Research Institute, who have teamed up on a new initiative to identify practice innovations that make primary care more efficient, effective, and satisfying to patients and providers. The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project identifies primary care practices that have focused on teamwork and new roles for health professionals in ways that support consistently outstanding primary care. Daughters of Charity Health Centers was selected through a rigorous national process to receive the designation.
DCHC Achieves Level III NCQA Designation
DCHC is one of the highest level accredited National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) practices – Level III.
NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 is an innovative program for improving primary care. In a set of standards that describe clear and specific criteria, the program gives practices information about organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards strengthen and add to the issues addressed by NCQA’s original program.
The Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.