Ilanka Community Health Center honored

Dr. Kristel Rush, with staffers Miriam Dunbar and Cindy Fronapfel, of the Ilanka Health Clinic, discuss healthcare options with the public during the annual Cordova Community Health Fair at CHS April 22. Photo by Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson/The Cordova Times

Ilanka Community Health Center has received the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for its exemplary care and long-term participative relationships.

The recognition was awarded recently by the NCQA.

It recognizes excellent primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs.

According to NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane, the recognition raises the bar in defining high quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients.

“Recognition shows that Ilanka Community Health Center has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time,” she said.

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, the Ilanka Community Health Center demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.