Health & Safety

March 29, 2013

Naval Branch Health Clinic Yuma receives Level Three patient-centered medical home recognition

Cpl. Bill Waterstreet
MCAS Yuma, Ariz.

Naval Branch Health Clinic Yuma was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level three Patient-Centered Medical Home, Dec. 31, 2012.

“The patient will notice a different level of care in a PCMH, although much of the PCMH teamwork goes on behind the scenes,î said Lt. Cmdr. Greg Whaley, the department head of Medical Home Port, NBHC Yuma and an Irving, Texas native. ìThe patient will be able to get a same day appointment, have multiple avenues to communicate with the team including secure e-mail, have a dedicated nurse and team that stay the same visit after visit, have a personal physician who knows the patient and his or her family.

The NCQA PCMH concept can be described as a new patient-centered care model that reorganizes primary care to improve access, care coordination, quality of care and patient satisfaction.

Evidence shows that implementing the PCMH model in primary care has reduced hospitalizations, emergency room visits and specialist services, and thus costs,î said Cmdr. Andrew Archila, the officer-in-charge of NBHC Yuma and a native of Kingwood, Texas. ìAdditionally, it has led to improved morbidity and mortality rates. It also improves patient satisfaction. In fact, the strong overall evidence of success has led to several PCMH pilot projects in almost every state.

There are three levels of NCQA PCMH recognition; each level reflects the degree to which a practice meets the requirements. Level three is the highest level a practice can achieve.

It really attests to the quality of care we provide to our patients, added Archila. ìWhat I am particularly proud of is that at this time we are the only recognized PCMH in Yuma County, Arizona.

Preparations for submitting the package started in 2011 when process changes began. It then took several months to fine-tune those processes and gather the specific documentation needed to submit the package. To retain the Level three PCMH program status, the clinic must seek renewal every three years.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



Sterling Global Operations completes U.S. Navy project to clear munitions, firing range and target debris from Arizona Marine Corps Air Station range

Sterling Global Operations, Inc., in a two-year project for the U.S. Navy, removed or recycled some 5.9 million pounds of munitions, firing range and target debris from Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Ariz. Sterling Global re...

US Army, Raytheon achieve first inflight lethal intercept of low quadrant elevation rocket

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. – Raytheon successfully intercepted and destroyed a low quadrant elevation 107mm rocket as part of the second series of guided test vehicle flight tests of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. The intercept is a major test milestone before the U.S. Army live-fire engagements begin in September. “Beginning only 18 months...

Raytheon, U.S. Army complete first AI3 guided flight test series

Raytheon and the U.S. Army successfully completed the first guided test vehicle flight series of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program at Yuma Proving Ground, Aris. The series consisted of two flight tests against different target profiles. In each case after launch, the interceptor initially guided on in-flight radio frequency datalink updates from the fire...


New Navy vessel named after Yuma

The U.S. Navy has decided to name one of their newest Joint High-Speed Vessels after the city of Yuma, Ariz., forming an even deeper bond between the local community and our military. Political officials from the state of Arizona and the city of Yuma were informed of the decision by the Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary...

Joint Strike Fighter on track, costs coming down, Kendall says

Indications are that the F-35 joint strike fighter program — the most expensive aviation program in Defense Department history — is on track, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told a Senate panel June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee this morning, Frank Kendall said the F-35 will be...

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ‘closes capability gap,’ Army says

While the Humvee has served the Army well for some 25 years, there’s a “capability gap” in what it can do for warfighters on a 21st-century battlefield, said the Soldier responsible for overseeing its replacem...


Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>