In recognizing health centers for improving access to quality health care and services, El Centro was one of the 68 health centers in Texas recognized for its high performance and significant quality improvement gains from the previous year. El Centro was recognized as a 2019 Health Center Quality Leader, Clinical Quality Improver, Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality, and for its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

About the HRSA’s Quality Improvement Awards

HRSA’s Quality Improvement Awards recognize the work that health centers do to address health priorities by designating health centers that ranked in the top 1-2% in one or more key areas—behavioral health, diabetes prevention and management, and heart health—as National Quality Leaders. The top 30% of health centers that achieve the best overall clinical performance receive designation as Health Center Quality Leaders.

These awards also recognize health center achievements in other areas, including improving cost-efficient care delivery while also increasing quality of care, reducing health disparities, increasing both the number of patients served and patients’ ability to access comprehensive services, advancing the use of health information technology, and delivering patient-centered care. For more information about, click here.

  • Clinical Quality Improvers demonstrated at least 15% improvement on a clinical quality measure (CQM) from 2017 to 2018.
  • Health Center Quality Leaders achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers and achieved Gold (top 10%), Silver (top 11-20%), or Bronze top (21-30%) for clinical quality measures (CQMs) in 2018.
  • Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Awards recognized health centers that utilized five HIT services and/or telehealth services to increase access to care and advance the quality of care between 2017 and 2018.
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition recognized health centers with patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition in one or more delivery sites.