The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center announces that it met or exceeded all federal requirements to operate as a community health center during its recently scheduled site visit from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA is the federal agency charged with qualifying community health centers and ensuring quality care and equal access to health care for all individuals. Qualifiers for HRSA during site visits to community health centers include reviewing 19 categories addressing issues such as financial stability, clinical quality, staffing, services provided, accessibility, and leadership, among others. Kennedy CHC met or exceeded 19 out of 19 indicators, a status the organization also achieved during its last site visit in 2014. Less than 300 community health organizations of the 1400 nationwide achieve this score.
“The outstanding report we received from HRSA is a testament to the hard work of our administrative staff and clinical team and their dedication to the health and wellbeing of our over 26,000 patients. I sincerely appreciate their commitment to our mission,” commented Antonia G. McGuire, President and CEO. “I also want to acknowledge the strength of our Board of Directors and recognize their efforts in assisting Kennedy CHC achieve this tremendous success.”
Also this year, Kennedy CHC scored well during its Joint Commission visit continuing to hold full accreditation with this organization. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. According to its website, Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.