GEFCC Receives Multiple National Awards for Quality of Care – Again!

Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s 2019 outcomes on the Bureau of Primary Health Care Clinical Indicators have been recognized as among the best of all Federally Qualified Health Centers in the United States and Illinois – for the 7th year in a row!

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) with 7 National Awards on August 25, 2020:

  1. National Quality Leader
  2. Health Center Quality Leader – Gold
  3. Clinical Quality Improver
  4. Access Enhancer
  5. Health Disparities Reducer
  6. Advancing Health Information Technology for Quality
  7. Patient Centered Medical Home

Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) received all but 1 possible National Award, all in recognition of GEFCC’s excellence in the care provided to its over 53,500 patients.

The organization received the most Awards of any of the 45 awardees in Illinois, as well as the largest resultant monetary award, acknowledging Greater Elgin Family Care Center as the top performing Federally Qualified Health Center in Illinois!

GEFCC’s Hypertension/Heart Health outcome ranked in the top 2% nationally, resulting in the National Quality Leader Award. This is the 3rd time GEFCC has been recognized as a National Quality Leader, with the first being in 2016.

GEFCC’s clinical outcomes ranked in the top 10% of Country’s 1,385 reporting Federally Qualified Health Centers, resulting in the receipt of the Health Center Quality Lead-Gold Award. GEFCC has received the National Health Center Quality Leader for 7 consecutive years, the National Clinical Quality Improver Award in 6 of the past 7 years, and the Advancing HIT for Quality Award every year it has been offered.

GEFCC is also a 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion, a 5-year honor, awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Coupled with operational and financial comparison reports issued on August 14, 2020, the Awards acknowledge that Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s outcomes are far better than other Health Centers’, both in the State and Nationally, on an array of clinical and financial indicator outcomes.

“There’s no doubt that the definition of success is not just achieving the goal, but maintaining that level of excellence over a long period of time. Here’s to our many practitioners and professionals who make such a multitude of excellent outcomes continue to happen” said Bob Tanner, President/CEO of Greater Elgin Family Care Center. ‘Really – an amazing accomplishment by all our staff – a 7th consecutive year that GEFCC has received such prestigious recognitions from HHS/HRSA!” said Tanner.

The released comparison data indicate that GEFCC also has the 3rd lowest cost per patient of the 45 FQHCs in Illinois. Further:

-GEFCC’s Total Cost per Total patient is 42% less than the State average and 53% less
than the National average

-GEFCC’s Medical Cost per Medical Patient is 30% less than the State average and 42%
less than the National Average

-GEFCC’s Dental Cost per Dental Patient is 23% less than the State average and 47%
less than the National Average

“Greater Elgin Family Care Center continues to provide real value. I’ll say it again….Whether you’re a patient, a payer or a taxpayer, with our costs so low and our quality amongst the country’s best, one can easily see that Greater Elgin Family Care Center is not only a trusted source of quality care, but a real value” continued Tanner.

The Press Release articulating the Awards offered by HHS/HRSA is at: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/qualityimprovement/index.html  

Awards for the Federally Qualified Health Centers in Illinois are available at: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/qualityimprovement/states/IL.html

Data for every Federally Qualified Health Center is available at:
https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/data-reporting/program-data

Greater Elgin Family Care Center is the area’s premier Federally Qualified Health Center, providing the full range of quality, affordably priced, fully integrated primary care services to over 53,000 area residents by over 175,000 medical, behavioral health and dental appointments annually. Operating 9 Community Health Centers in 5 northeastern Illinois counties, the organization is accredited by The Joint Commission, Primary Care Medical Home certified, repeatedly nationally recognized for both its health outcomes and cost efficiency, and provides care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.