The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic was among nine medical groups honored among 325 Washington state medical groups that were reviewed by the nonprofit Washington Health Alliance.
In its recently released “2022 Community Checkup” report, the Alliance measured the quality of health care delivery across the state and compared performance-related metrics nationwide using the dataset. and information on the effectiveness of health care reported by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Measuring four areas – prevention and screening, chronic disease care, coordinated and cost-effective care, and appropriate and cost-effective care – the Alliance report released a composite score for each medical group and a composite percentile that shows its performance against others in the state.
The Farm Workers Clinic had the fourth-best composite percentage in the state, 76.65%, and was one of five honored medical groups with 50% or more of its patients covered by Medicare.
Kevin Heidrick, Farm Workers company physician, said the Alliance’s report validates many years of work by his organization’s staff.
“Over the past 10 years, we have evolved as an organization towards a patient-centric mindset where the needs of our patients come first, while also evolving towards meeting the healthcare needs of the population by ensuring that our patients receive the most comprehensive, robust care possible based on evidence-based practices,” Heidrick wrote in an email to the Yakima Herald-Republic.
“Our team-based approach to care ensures that everyone who interacts with our patients is working to meet their needs across the full spectrum of care, and we are delighted to see that this work has resulted in the very positive results noted. in the Community Checkup,” he added.
Millesa Park, director of healthcare outcomes at the Farm Workers Clinic, said everyone in the organization should be proud of the Alliance’s report and the healthcare they provide to patients.
“Despite the challenges faced during the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020, our staff maintained their focus on providing quality patient care and achieving optimal health outcomes,” Park wrote in an email. “Delivering patient-centered care is a priority at YVFWC, and success requires the effort and dedication of everyone in the organization.”
Other honored organizations and their composite community health checkup percentages are Evergreen Health Medical Group (80.40%), MultiCare Rockwood Clinic (79.69%), Confluence Health Central Washington Hospital and Clinics (77.49%), Swedish Medical Group (76.57%), Virginia Mason Medical Center (75.46), Kaiser Permanente Washington (71.16%), University of Washington Medical Center (69.20%) and Association of University Physicians DBA UW Physicians (66 .49%).
The full 2022 Community Checkup report is available on the Washington Health Alliance’s website, wacommunitycheckup.org.