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St. Anthony’s Primary Care Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 2, 2012) – St. Anthony’s Primary Care has been nationally recognized as a Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home from the Physician Practice Connections — Patient-Centered Medical Home and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The honor for the 12 offices comes just months after St. Anthony’s Primary Care at BayWalk became the first in the group to earn the this recognition in late 2011. 


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


“St. Anthony’s Primary Care is truly honored to receive this designation as it means that we are focused on the safety of our patients and have worked diligently to improve their quality of care,” said St. Anthony’s Primary Care President Teresa Bradley, MD.  “It is our team members’ tireless efforts and dedication to our patients that has made this recognition possible.”


The Patient-Centered Medical Home 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.


“Medical homes are becoming the standard for quality patient care in family medicine,” Dr. Bradley said. “We coordinate all the patient’s health care needs and treatments which include managing any tests they must have and any follow up across all medical disciplines to provide more comprehensive, long-term coordinated care.”


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


To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, St. Anthony’s Primary Care 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. 


St. Anthony’s Primary Care 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. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.  St. Anthony’s has received the 2011 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times.


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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