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Release Date: 07/15/2015

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that the Internal Medicine Center of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition – Level 2 for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

“We are very pleased to have received NCQA recognition,” said Dino Messina, MD, PhD, associate program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Division of General Internal Medicine. He adds, “It is our intention to take advantage of the opportunity to offer improved, patient-centered care to our community.”

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Internal Medicine Center of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, the Internal Medicine Center of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

For more information about the Internal Medicine Center of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, please call (401) 729-2258.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.