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Thursday, January 05, 2012 - Broward Health Receives $60,000 Grant from Health Foundation of South Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Broward Health has been awarded a $60,000 grant from Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF). The monies will be used to conduct a feasibility study on Broward Health attaining the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s patient centered medical home recognition status.  Achieving this status is critical to Broward Health’s future in lieu of ongoing health care reform, much of which is increasingly based on patient centered medical home models.

Patient centered medical homes organize care around patients, with medical staff working in teams that coordinate and traffic care over time.  Demonstration projects have shown this model to provide higher quality care, with better outcomes and lower costs.

To attain the recognition, an independent consultant will be hired to complete an internal assessment of Broward Health’s primary care centers.  This study will include an analysis of Broward Health’s current policies, procedures and practices, as well as an implementation plan to move into the recognized status.  The study and recommended implementation are estimated to take two years and will be funded by the HFSF grant.

“Broward Health is always looking for opportunities to evolve to achieve our mission of improving patient care. This grant will enable Broward Health to conduct research and enact necessary changes that will continue to provide patients with quality health care,” says Frank Nask, CEO/President of Broward Health.

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded $92 million in grants and program support. For more information, call 305-374-7200 or visit www.hfsf.org.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Broward General Medical Center, Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center, Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.