Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Clinic has been awarded
the distinguished 5 STAR
designation in Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH)
program. The 5 STAR rating is the highest available for medical clinics
and given only to those that perform to rigorous standards.
“We are thrilled to be recognized with the highest-level achievement
by the Oregon Health Authority said Christina McManigal PT, DPT, PRPC/Chief
Ambulatory Operating Officer of Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “The
5 STAR rating is testament to our team’s ongoing commitment to exceptional
quality care for our community and demonstrates our commitment to meeting
each patient's individual need. This is something of which we are
MCMC Internal Medicine at Water’s Edge has a long and rich history
of bringing healthcare directly to patients in The Gorge community. MCMC
provides an extensive menu of services with a patient-centered philosophy,
from traditional in-office visits to alternative pathways of care including:
Traditional home visits
completed by a provider in a patient’s home. These visits can apply to either acute events that would cause leaving
the home to be too much of a burden or can span a patient’s long-term
relationship with our office over many years.
Residential care of patients in local assisted living facilities and adult
foster care programs. While many of these patients are able to come to Water’s Edge for
their care, for others leaving their home base is a burden. MCMC IM visits
these patients directly in their facilities where they provide direct,
on-site, primary care by multiple providers from the office. This is often
done in concert with MCMC Home Health Services.
Post-acute care service line. When a patient is discharged from the MCMC IM hospital and must transition
to a skilled nursing facility, their care is overseen by a skilled nurse
practitioner and physician in the clinic. Together they are able to supervise
patients’ improvement and recovery after acute illness while providing
daily face-to-face care coordination with their usual primary care provider.
This allows patients to have the best possible transition of care and
a “soft landing” up returning to their home.
“These alternative visit types help insure we are able to meet the
health needs of patients in our community,” said McManigal.
The PCPCH program is part of the state’s efforts to fulfill a vision
for better health, better care and lower costs for all Oregonians.