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The Ocracoke Health Center and Engelhard Medical Center received a federal Quality Improvement Award (QIA) in the amount of $52,867 in the categories of Clinical Quality Improvement, Enhancing Access to Care, Advancing Health Information Technology, and Achieving PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) Recognition.

The grant to the two health centers in Hyde County, which joined forces several years ago to become federally qualified health centers, was one of 1,352 quality improvement grants from $125 million awarded nationwide last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the communities they serve.

“The staff and providers at both of our clinics are committed to our mission of providing quality, affordable and community-based health care,” said Cheryl Ballance, CEO of both centers. “It is this everyday effort that is being recognized with these awards. Without provider and staff commitment and the support of our board of directors, we would not be able to be where we are today. It’s our goal to continue to provide quality health care as well as a patient-centered medical home for our communities.”

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