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Monday, March 5, 2018

Wood River Health Services earns Health Center Quality Leader award

"As a Health Center Quality Leader, Wood River Health Services, Inc. achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers..."


Wood River Health Services received recognition this week from the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the federal division of the Dept. of Health and Human Services that administers the Community Health Center program, that it had been named a Health Center Quality Leader.

The award, according to a letter from HRSA chief George Sigounas, reflects the health center's rankings in Clinical Quality Measures among the 1,400 health centers that operate 11,000 sites throughout the country. 

"For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, cost-effective, and quality primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay," Sigounas noted. 

"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. "

“I am very pleased, but not at all surprised that our staff met this incredibly high standard,” Wood River Health Services President and CEO Michael Lichtenstein said. “Our staff is hard-working, talented, and dedicated to providing our patients and this entire area with the best healthcare available anywhere.”


Congratulations to our amazing staff on this well-deserved recognition!

Wood River Health Services is the Federally Qualified Community Health Center for southwestern Rhode Island, providing medical and dental care and social services to over 9,000 area residents.

The center also administers the area WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Program, provides a nationally recognized chronic disease management program, has available onsite lab testing in cooperation with Westerly Hospital, including blood work, x-ray and mammography, and provides behavioral and mental health counseling and referrals.

Sliding scale payments are available to those who qualify.

Wood River Health Services is located at 823 Main St., Hope Valley (on Route 3 south of the village, just off Route I-95 at Exit 2).

For more information, call (401) 539-2461 or visit www.woodriverhealthservices.org.

Here is a copy of the US Health and Human Services Department’s citation letter:

February 16, 2018

Dear Wood River Health Services, Inc.:

For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, cost-effective, and quality primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.  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.  Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate more than 11,000 service delivery sites that provide primary health care in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Pue1to Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.

In recognition of your 2017 Quality Improvement Award, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is proud to present you with the enclosed certificate of achievement.
As a Health Center Quality Leader, Wood River Health Services, Inc. achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers, placing in the top 30 percent of the adjusted quartile rankings for Clinical Quality Measures.

Thank you for your commitment to providing quality primary health care services to your community.

Sincerely,
George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. Administrator