Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Clinics Win Recognition

WINDSOR — The outpatient clinics at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor and the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock have won recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for meeting standards designed to enhance patient care.

The national standards, for the NCQA's "Patient-Centered Medical Home'' program, promote better access and continuity of care, better planning and management of care, improved self-care, tracking and coordination, and performance measurement and quality improvement.

"We are very pleased to win recognition,'' said Jill Lord, Director of Patient Care at Mt. Ascutney Hospital. "We're proud of our clinics and all who work to provide excellent patient care.''

The standards require clinics to show that they are meeting a wide-ranging set of goals. For patients, that could mean that lab tests and doctor visits are better coordinated, along with primary care and specialty appointments, for example.

Clinics are also being called upon to meet evidence-based guidelines for preventive, acute and chronic care. Lord said the hospital's Community Health Team is pivotal in that area.

Lord said electronic medical records are helping in the effort to track tests and results, and credited Dr. Beach Conger with tracking outcomes of treatments and providing that information to medical providers.

In Vermont, 29 of about 230 clinics have received recognition from the NCQA, according to information from the Vermont Department of Health Access.