Patient-Centered Medical Clinics

Clara Barton Medical Clinics Are Now PCMH Certified

All three Clara Barton Medical Clinics in Hoisington, Great Bend, and Russell recently received certification as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The Clara Barton Clinics are the first hospital-based Rural Health Clinics in the Central Kansas Region to have received this designation. This new certification establishes a model of care that is patient-focused, improving the quality of care, enhancing patient experience, building better relationships between patients and providers, and providing additional clinic services to better serve patient needs.

How it Works

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a care delivery model that uses evidence-based, patient-centered processes, focusing on highly coordinated care and long-term relationship building. This advanced model of primary care uniquely addresses all of the patient’s medical needs in one convenient location. The primary care provider helps to coordinate all specialty appointments including dental, eye, and mental health together with primary care to ensure the patient’s entire health is at its best. Research shows this model also improves quality, the patient experience and staff satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.

What to Expect During Exam

The process of a Hologic Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is the same as your conventional 2D exam. The technologist will position you, compress your breast, and
take images from different angles. For an exam proven to be more accurate, there’s no additional compression required with the Genius™ exam. The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you.

From the patient’s point of view, very little is different during the actual procedure of a 3D mammogram compared to a 2D mammogram. Most woman will have the opportunity to use the curved paddles designed for patient comfort and experience a similar scan time, but the main difference lies in the superior imaging.

Some of the changes and additions include:

  • Improved Patient Accessibility to Appointment Times

    • Added same-day appointments, where patients can call for an appointment the same day. Same-day appointments are offered on a first come first serve basis.

    • Added evening and lunchtime appointments in addition to the walk-in clinic to provide convenient appointment availability

  • Better accessibility to Receive Immunizations

    • Immunizations can be administered at the time of the appointment at all three Clara Barton Medical Clinics

    • Launched Vaccines for Children Program at all primary care locations

  • Implementation of Patient Portal

    • Gives patients a tool to view their test results, interact with and message their provider, and request, cancel or view upcoming appointments, all at the touch of a finger

  • Addition of Behavioral and Mental Health

    • Added additional staff and a Licensed Master Social Worker to accommodate patient behavioral and mental health needs

  • Lab Draws Available at the Time of the Appointment

    • Lab draws are available during clinic appointments at all locations

    • Addition of walk-in lab draw times for patient convenience