September 10, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOR MORE INFORMATION:
September 5, 2018 Liz Kaylor (BMS): (443) 703-3452
Hector Valez (HRSA): (301) 945-93079
BALTIMORE MEDICAL SYSTEM EARNS RECOGNITION AS A
NATIONAL QUALITY LEADER
BALTIMORE, MD – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized Baltimore Medical System (BMS) as a National Quality Leader, placing BMS among the top 1-2% of the 1,362 HRSA-supported health centers based on one or more of the clinical quality measures that promote behavioral health, diabetes health, and heart health in 2018.
Baltimore Medical System also received quality awards for increasing the number of patients served between 2017 and 2018, meeting or exceeding a 10% improvement in health across different racial/ethnic groups, utilizing Health Information Technology to increase access to care and advance quality of care, and recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home.
More than 28 million people – 1 in 12 nationwide – rely on a HRSA-funded health center for affordable, accessible, patient-centered primary health care. Health centers advance a model of coordinated, comprehensive, and patient-centered care, integrating a wide range of medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder, and patient support services. Grantees received recognition based on the latest HRSA Quality Improvement Awards.
“HRSA-funded health centers continue to lead the U.S. healthcare system in providing quality, value-based care to their communities” said HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels. “Today we are recognizing nearly all HRSA-funded health centers for their continued improvements on clinical quality measures and supporting them to continue as quality leaders nationwide in the years to come.”
In 2018, BMS provided healthcare services to over 55,000 patients in Baltimore City and Baltimore County delivering affordable, accessible, cost-effective, and quality primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. “This year Baltimore Medical System celebrated 35 years of providing care to individuals and families in our community and school based health centers,” said Shirley Sutton, BMS CEO and President. “It is great to be recognized for the quality of services we provide.”
Baltimore Medical System (BMS) is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) system in Maryland. BMS operates six health centers, four pharmacies and eight school-based health sites serving over 55,000 patients, including underserved and uninsured annually. BMS patients receive Patient-Centered Medical Home care, a team-based approach using evidence-based medicine to meet a patient’s physical and mental health needs. For more information, visit www.bmsi.org.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.