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posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
This June, more than 150 CHC providers arrived in North Charleston for the 24th Annual Clinical Retreat. With the theme of "Moving Population Health from Vision to Action", attendees received presentations from a variety of clinical specialities, including: primary care, oral health, pharmacy, behavioral health, cancer prevention, and HIV/AIDS care coordination. A highlight of the retreat came Friday, June 8, when the American Cancer Society launched Mission: HPV Cancer Free on the USS Yorktown. The event was co-hosted by the PCA, MUSC and the Hollings Cancer Center.
Several providers received awards during the Retreat. They include:
The Provider of the Year award to Dr. Heather Parkhill from St. James-Santee Family Health Center. She is an advance practice nurse who champions quality improvement initiatives within her pediatric site. In a matter of three years, through intensive practice transformation projects, her center is now a top performer in the nation for the UDS CQI measure on asthma control. On top of all of that, she recently earned her doctoral degree in nursing!
Our next Provider of the Year, Dr. Stephen Smith from CareSouth Carolina, made a tremendously positive impact on those afflicted by the opioid epidemic in the PeeDee region. Three years ago, this person received a DEA waiver to prescribe suboxone. He championed his center's efforts to treat opioid addiction using medication-assisted treatment. Under his leadership, approximately 453 patients received much-needed treatment through MAT in 2017.
Kathy Smith of New Horizon Family Health Services was acknowledged as our Nurse of the Year. Smith led clinical support teams throughout her organization for more than two decades. During times of provider shortages in the community, she worked tirelessly to recruit talent professionals to ensure the best care for patients. She is a strong patient advocate who works with partners to connect patients with care regardless of their ability to pay.
Jennifer Robinette, senior pharmacy technician at ReGenesis Health Care, was awarded as the Clinical Support Staff of the Year. She helps to run a smooth pharmacy practice characterized by friendly customer service and proper inventory. Her patients aren't just a number; she knows her patients by name. She always ensures they have their prescriptions at affordable prices.
Our last awards went to those who are Champions of Practice Transformation.
Our first recipient of the Champion of Practice Transformation Award was Ernest "Stan" Wardlaw of Sandhills Medical Foundation. A true motivator who transformed his center's CQI committee, Wardlaw oversaw an increase in several clinical quality measures, including hypertension and diabetes and cancer screenings. Additionally, his passion and guidance were instrumental in his center's achievement of patient-center medical home status.
The second Champion of Practice Transformation, Yvonne Van Camp, director of clinical quality at HopeHealth, brings expertise to help improve clinical quality measures across the board. She's been directly responsible for developing new processes and training to improve patient outcomes. Particularly, she implemented evidence-based strategies to increase colorectal screening rates.