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Chesapeake Health Care Awarded Primary Care Medical Home Certification from The Joint Commission

After a rigorous onsite survey, Chesapeake Health Care was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval,® which is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting optional standards demonstrating a commitment to patient-centered care.

Salisbury, MD, February 11, 2017 --( Chesapeake Health Care today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting optional standards demonstrating a commitment to patient-centered care. PCMH Certification is a special add-on option for Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory health care organizations.

Chesapeake Health Care underwent a rigorous onsite survey on November 8-11, 2016. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors with expertise in ambulatory health care, evaluated compliance with standards related to how effectively the primary care clinician and the interdisciplinary team work in partnership with patients to provide comprehensive, coordinated and patient-centered care.

Established in 2011, The Joint Commission’s PCMH Certification, awarded for a three-year period, encourages accredited ambulatory care organizations to ensure patients receive timely and appropriate treatment. PCMH Certification can potentially result in increased patient satisfaction, improved patient outcomes and reduced overall costs to the health care system. Today, the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program certifies nearly 170 organizations, with more than 1,300 sites of care, which, in turn, serve over 4 million patient visits annually.

In addition, PCMH Certification provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes needed to improve patient access to care. It also encourages these organizations to focus on educating patients and showing them how to self-manage their illness or condition.

“Ambulatory care organizations that pursue PCMH Certification from The Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to delivering quality primary care in the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Chesapeake Health Care and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care. Thank you for your commitment to patient safety and entrusting The Joint Commission to assist you.”

“Chesapeake Health Care is delighted to receive certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Susanne Gray, CEO of Chesapeake Health Care. “By achieving PCMH Certification, we are operating within a framework to manage and coordinate care to allow for an effective interdisciplinary team approach.”

Chesapeake Health Care
Founded in 1994, Chesapeake Health Care is a multidisciplinary healthcare practice serving Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Approximately 100 providers are on staff to provide healthcare to the region’s patients in the following disciplines: Adult and Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urogynecology, Mental Health, Dental, and Pharmacy. Chesapeake Health Care has locations in Pocomoke, Princess Anne, and Salisbury, Maryland. Healthcare is extended to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, and insured. A Sliding Fee Scale program is available to assist eligible patients with healthcare payments. We Care about YOUR health! For more information about Chesapeake Health Care visit
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