Gifford receives $129K in HRSA quality improvement awards

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Gifford receives $129K in HRSA quality improvement awards

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 3:07pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Gifford Health Care in Randolph has received three top awards from the Department of Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for quality Primary Care services. One of only 11 Vermont Health Centers to receive the grants, Gifford was the only FQHC in the state to receive the National Quality Leader Award.

“Gifford is proud of the care and compassion demonstrated everyday in our practices,” said Chief Operating Officer Barbara Quealy. “We appreciate the talent, hard work, and commitment to quality that makes Gifford special.”

HRSA presents Quality Awards based upon high levels of performance in one or more of five categories. Gifford received three Fiscal Year 2017 Quality Grant Awards:

  • Clinical Quality Award (notable quality improvement 2015-2016)
  • Health Center Quality Leaders Award (best overall clinical performance among all health centers)
  • National Quality Leaders Award (exceeded national clinical quality benchmarks, including chronic disease management, preventative care, and perinatal/prenatal care)—the only FQHC in Vermont to receive this award.

The combined award funding received was $129,722, more than twice the amount Gifford received last year and the highest amount received by any Vermont FQHC in Fiscal Year 2017. The funding is to support continued improvement in the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care services.

Gifford offers Primary Care at six convenient clinics in Central Vermont (White River Junction, Rochester, Chelsea, Belin, Bethel, and Randolph). Services include prenatal and pediatric care, women’s health, family and internal medicine, chronic disease management, and behavioral health. For more information visit

Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department; inpatient and rehabilitation units; many surgical services; accredited cancer program; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.