Federal Government Names ICHS ‘National Quality Leader’

 

International Community Health Services (ICHS) was recently awarded $84,169 in Affordable Care Act funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to recognize and expand quality improvement efforts among the top health centers in the nation.

 

ICHS is the only community health center in Seattle-King County and one of only four in the state of Washington to be cited by the federal government as a “National Quality Leader” for exceeding national clinical benchmarks for chronic disease management, preventive care, and perinatal/prenatal services. By recognizing the top community health centers, the federal government wants to demonstrate the critical role they play in promoting higher quality health care nationwide.

 

The Seattle-based health center also was recognized for being among the top health centers that achieved the best overall clinical outcomes; and for showing significant improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013.

 

“We are very proud and gratified to receive this award and recognition because these are merit based and only given to health centers that meet the rigorous standards set by the federal government for improving patient care,” ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola said.

 

She said the funds will be used to further improve the quality of care given to ICHS patients and clients.

 

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on Tuesday (Dec. 9) the award of $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers throughout the U.S. to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities.

 

“This funding rewards health centers that have a proven track record in clinical quality improvement, which translates to better patient care,” Secretary Burwell said.

 

ICHS is a non-profit federally qualified community health center that offers culturally and linguistically appropriate affordable health care services to Seattle and King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and other underserved communities for 40 years. ICHS operates medical and dental centers in Seattle’s International District and Holly Park neighborhoods, as well as in the cities of Bellevue and Shoreline; a school-based health center at the Seattle World School, and a primary care clinic at ACRS, a social and mental health services agency in Seattle.

 

Click here to read the press release from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

 

Click here for a list of FY 2015 Quality Improvement Awards recipients.

 

About ICHS
Founded in 1973, ICHS is a non-profit community health center offering affordable primary medical and dental care, acupuncture, laboratory, pharmacy, behavioral health WIC, and health education services. ICHS’ four full-service medical and dental clinics — located in Seattle’s International District and Holly Park neighborhoods; and in the cities of Bellevue and Shoreline — serve over 20,000 patients each year. As the only community health center in Washington primarily serving Asians and Pacific Islanders, ICHS provides care in over 50 languages and dialects annually. ICHS is committed to improving the health of medically-underserved communities by providing affordable and in-language health care. For more information, please visit: www.ichs.com

 

Federal Grant Will Aid in Holly Park Renovations

U.S. Grant of $500,000 to Support Renovations at Holly Park Clinic

International Community Health Services (ICHS) has received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make improvements at its Holly Park clinic, including new dental chairs, cabinetry and equipment and a redesign of the pharmacy. The grant from the Department’s Health Resources and Services Administration will help ICHS cover an estimated $920,173 for renovations at its South Seattle clinic, which has seen more patients in recent years.

“We are excited to receive this grant,” Teresita Batayola, ICHS chief executive said. “The Holly Park clinic has overcrowded conditions and needs renovations. ICHS will begin the much-needed work this year so we can continue to provide quality and affordable medical, dental and other health care services in one of the most diverse areas in the country.”

The grant comes as visits to the Holly Park clinic have increased since 2005. In 2010, Holly Park had 10,946 dental visits, or a 47 percent increase compared to 2005. During the same years, medical visits soared by 40 percent to 21,048.

The Holly Park clinic occupies 13,350 square feet on two floors of the Othello Building, located at 3815 S. Othello St. While renovations occur, ICHS will do all it can to continue to accommodate its patients.

As part of the ICHS improvement plan, the dental area will receive two new operatories, medical and dental flooring will be replaced and the clinics repainted. The pharmacy at Holly Park will have new workspace, windows and a confidential patient consultation area. The waiting room will gain new seats after the conversion of a storage area. The Women, Infants and Children area on the first floor will get an automatic door opener for better access.

The $500,000 grant is being awarded as part of the Affordable Care Act. The improvement project will use $420,173 in private funding. The investment of $920,173 in renovation work also will support jobs in the Seattle area.

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About ICHS

Founded in 1973, ICHS is a non-profit community health center offering affordable primary medical and dental care, acupuncture, laboratory, pharmacy, behavioral health and health education services. ICHS’ Seattle-area clinics serve over 18,000 patients each year. As the only community health center in Washington primarily serving Asians and Pacific Islanders, ICHS provides care in over 50 languages and dialects annually. ICHS is committed to improving the health of medically-underserved communities by providing affordable and in-language health care. For more information, please visit: www.ichs.com.

Contact: Brad Wong

P: 206.788.3672

E: bradw@ichs.com

Release Date: May 17, 2012

ICHS Foundation Receives Generous Grant to Enhance Dental Care

The International Community Health Services Foundation has been awarded $40,000 from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound to purchase new dental chairs for the clinic at Holly Park.

This generous assistance will enable International Community Health Services (ICHS) to add dental chairs and replace aging ones, which wore down and broke over the years because of high use. ICHS started in Seattle in 1973 and offers quality dental, medical and counseling services to anyone, especially Asian Pacific Islanders, the uninsured and those in need.

“We’ve always appreciated the generosity from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound. This kind support from this local group allows us to continue providing quality, accessible health care to Seattle-area residents,” Teresita Batayola, CEO of ICHS, said.

“These new chairs will offer patients comfort, as our dentists conduct examinations and promote good oral health. At ICHS, we believe good health leads to productive lives.”
ICHS staff members worked quickly to purchase and install the new dental chairs to accommodate patients. “This was an example of the convergence of urgency, opportunity and giving,” Batayola said.

As a federally-qualified health center, ICHS offers services on a sliding scale for individuals based on income and welcomes all patients looking for quality care and convenience. Its two clinics in the International District and Holly Park are easily accessible by automobile and public transportation.

ICHS staff members also are bilingual and multilingual, speaking various Asian languages and dialects. New patients can make an appointment at the International District clinic by calling 206-788-3757. The Holly Park dental clinic can be reached at 206-788-3502.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound is an employee-owned charitable foundation. Since 1951, generous Boeing employees have contributed more than $500 million to local nonprofit groups and United Way chapters. Employees Community Fund grants enable agencies to purchase equipment, renovate their facilities and create new programs that directly help their clients and strengthen communities.

Since 2010, the Employees Community Fund has funded $80,660 in direct grants to support ICHS. The Employees Community Fund helped with the purchasing of exam tables for when ICHS renovated and expanded its International District clinic.