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Clinic named patient-centered medical home


First Care Clinic in Hays has been recognized as a level three Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The clinic's medical staff applied for the certification in June, but had been working to meet certain benchmarks for nearly a year, said Rhiannon Maier, clinical director of First Care Clinic.

"We just felt like it was the right thing to do for the patients," she said. "We really feel like it benefits them, and we're here for the patients."

To be designated as a PCMH, clinics must place an emphasis on prevention and chronic conditions, offer expanded hours for easy access and promote shared decisions between clinicians and patients.

Patients also should have long-term relationships with their health care provider, and staff works to help patients coordinate and access comprehensive care.

As part of ongoing efforts to improve patient outcomes, Maier said staff has helped many patients with hypertension control their blood pressure. More children also are receiving recommended immunizations at the clinic.