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Methodist Physician Group receives Exemplary Practice Award

Methodist Physician Group receives Exemplary Practice Award

The Methodist Physician Group, a Deaconess Network affiliate, has been named a Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network Exemplary Practice and was awarded the Network’s Exemplary Practice certificate, recognizing the organization’s exceptional process in practice transformation. Methodist Physician Group was also presented a customized glass award for Exemplary Innovation: Most Transformed, which is the top honor for the State of Kentucky.

Stephanie Jenkins, MHA, Vice President, Operations and Strategy at Methodist Health, commented, "We had a vision five years ago to move toward a value-based model focusing on quality outcomes and keeping the patient at the center of our focus. The physicians, clinic staff, care coordinators and quality team members have been able to bring that vision to life and exceed all expectations. We are very proud of the team and the amazing patient outcomes that have been achieved."

An Exemplary Practice is one with a patient-centered culture that has made significant improvement in at least one of four service-related aims and made significant movement with the phases of transformation. These include health outcomes, reduction in unnecessary hospitalizations, cost savings and reduction in unnecessary tests and procedures.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative in an effort to support thousands of clinician practices in quality improvement strategies for large-scale health transformation. The result is healthier patients and a more efficient system.

Vance Drakeford, Practice Transformation Advisor at the Kentucky Regional Extension Center, noted, "With organizations like Methodist, the future of healthcare looks encouraging. If practices across the nation adopt the motivation demonstrated by Methodist Physician Group, healthcare will indeed change for the better." The Kentucky Regional Extension Center serves as an advisor to health care organizations as they manage the complex and changing world of health care.

The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network is one of 29 Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) funded by CMS to provide technical assistance and peer-level support.

Pictured L-R: Vance Drakeford, Practice Transformation Advisor, Kentucky Regional Extension Center; Amy Scales, LPN, Clinical Manager, Methodist Physician Group; Kelly Fountain, Practice Transformation Advisor, Kentucky Regional Extension Center; and Sue Ginn, RN, Quality Improvement Specialist, Methodist Physician Group.