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Seven St. Joseph Health Specialty Clinics Earn National Recognition for Quality Care

Posted in: Accreditations

(April 19, 2017, Bryan, TX)  The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that seven of our specialty clinics received Level 2 recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) for their responsiveness to patients and medical colleagues, cooperation and integration with other health care groups and dedication to continuous improvement. These seven clinics were among only 16 statewide and 217 nationwide to achieve the prestigious PCSP recognition. Recognized clinics include:

  • St. Joseph Health General Surgery Associates
  • St. Joseph Health Brazos Surgical Group
  • St. Joseph Health Urology Associates
  • St. Joseph Health Neurology Associates in College Station
  • St. Joseph Health Orthopaedic Associates
  • St. Joseph Health Heart Failure Clinic
  • St. Joseph Health Pain & Spine Associates

Practices that become recognized under Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition have demonstrated commitment to patient-centered care and clinical quality through: streamlined referral processes and care coordination with referring clinicians, timely patient and caregiver-focused care management and continuous clinical quality improvement. Earning NCQA PCSP Recognition shows consumers, private payers and government agencies that the practice has undergone a rigorous review of its capabilities and is committed to sharing information and coordinating care. Recognition also signals to primary care practices that the specialty practice is ready to be an effective partner in caring for patients. “NCQA is important for our specialty clinics,” said Sam Fulton, Vice President of St. Joseph Health Physician Enterprise. “It speaks not only to how we carry out our Mission and values across our healthcare ministry; it also demonstrates our specialists’ deep level of commitment to partnering with patients and their primary care physicians to achieve the best care possible.” To achieve Level 2 recognition, our seven clinics met or exceeded national standards for:

  • Communicating with primary care clinicians to exchange key information and establish coordinated care plans
  • Providing timely access to care and clinical advice based on patient need
  • Using a systematic approach to track referrals and coordinate care
  • Measuring and improving performance over time

The NCQA PCSP program offers three progressive levels of specialty practice recognition. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. ### About St. Joseph Health Established in 1936, St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. St. Joseph Health Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 17 states and comprises more than 104 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30E critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. For more information, visit  

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