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St. Anthony’s BayWalk Primary Care Office Recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Home

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ( Nov. 14, 2011) – The St. Anthony’s Primary Care (SAPC) office at BayWalk has been nationally recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home from the Physician Practice Connections — Patient-Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH), and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Level 3 is the NCQA’s highest attainable level of recognition for a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The SAPC BayWalk office, which includes two physicians and one physician assistant, was recognized for using evidence-based, patient-centered techniques that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term patient/physician relationships.

“The BayWalk office’s success in attaining Level 3 PCMH recognition can be attributed to the hard work and efforts of the team members that make up our organization,” said St. Anthony’s Primary Care President Teresa Bradley, MD.  “This recognizes we have improved the quality of care, access to care, and increased the safety of each one of our patients.”

PPC-PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is tended to by a physician-led care team, who provides for all the patient’s health care needs and coordinates treatments across the health care system.

“It is a major accomplishment for our office to be recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home office,” said John A.Gross, MD, sports and family medicine physician with SAPC at BayWalk. “Medical homes are becoming the standard for quality patient care in family medicine, and we are pleased to be recognized as an office that provides patients with more comprehensive, long-term coordinated care.” 

Medical home physicians demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including Open-Acess scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven electronic health information systems.

To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, the SAPC BayWalk office demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key criteria embodying characteristics of the medical home. The standards are aligned with the joint principles of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association. 

The SAPC BayWalk office met or exceeded key program measures in the following areas:

  • Written standards for patient access and enhanced communications
  • Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information
  • Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care
  • Adaptation to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs
  • Use of information technology for prescriptions and care management
  • Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
  • Systematic tracking of referrals and test results
  • Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance

For more information, please contact St. Anthony’s Hospital at (727) 953-6993.

About St. Anthony’s Primary Care

St. Anthony's Primary Care is a non-profit group of Board-certified or Board-eligible primary care physicians who offer doctor-patient relationships built on trust, commitment, sensitivity, caring and expertise. Specialties within SAPC include family medicine, hospital care, internal medicine and sports medicine. SAPC has offices throughout central and south Pinellas County ready to serve the community.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. As St. Anthony’s celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2011, the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. In 2010, St. Anthony’s Hospital earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR award by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for superior energy efficiency for a second year.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center is the only breast center in St. Petersburg honored with accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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