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Sandhills Medical receives quality award from HRSA

Posted: September 8, 2015 4:58 p.m.
Updated: September 9, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Sandhills Medical Foundation (SMF) recently received a Quality Award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

SMF, a federally qualified community health center serving Chesterfield, Kershaw, Lancaster and Sumter counties with facilities in Camden, Lugoff, Jefferson, Kershaw, Sumter and McBee, received $59,538. The awards are part of $63.3 million in Affordable Healthcare Act funding recently awarded to health centers across the country. The awards recognize health center achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care to the areas they serve, noted HRSA Administrator Jim Macrae. The recipient health centers will use the funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve, Macrea said.

SMF CEO Chris Dixon said he was very happy for the recognition and proud of the work the foundation does.

“We are very proud of the service we give our community,” Dixon said. “As an NPO (non-profit organization), Sandhills Medical Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve. It is our commitment to provide care to everyone.” 

Dixon also touted the contributions of SMF employees as key not only to the recognition but to the foundation’s continued success.

“This award recognizes what our patients and insurers already know: SMF provides the best possible quality care at the most affordable price,” Dixon said. “From our receptionists, physicians and nurses to our on-site pharmacists, everyone is committed to optimizing the patient experience. I am honored and proud to serve with each of them.”

SMF provides discounts and payment arrangements to those who demonstrate need with only a nominal charge to those in poverty, Dixon said. In addition, SMF donates more than $5 million in discounted services to people in need in the communities SMF serves this year. 

“All of this is done in a comprehensive high quality environment at some of the best facilities in the area,” Dixon said. 

Health centers will use the funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure, and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve. More than 1,300 HRSA-supported health centers operate approximately 9,000 sites which provide care to nearly 23 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Pacific Basin.

“These funds will allow high performing health centers to continue to deliver better, smarter care to their patients,” HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care Acting Associate Administrator Tonya Bowers said.

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