Northern Counties Health Care recognized for quality

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ST. JOHNSBURY — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognized Northern Counties Health Care for its outstanding commitment to quality care based on its performance last year.

HHS grants quality awards to the highest performing federally qualified health centers nationwide and health centers with significant quality improvement gains compared to the previous year.

Among other accolades, Northern Counties was designated as a National Quality Leader (NQL) for being ranked in the top 1-2 percent of all health centers nationwide in one or more of the clinical quality measures that promote heart health, diabetes health, and behavioral health.

Northern Counties Health Care was one of only 48 health centers nationwide to receive this designation.

“These awards recognize that Northern Counties is delivering on its mission to provide high-quality, accessible, patient-centered health care that helps patients, families, and communities thrive,” Northern Counties Health Care CEO Michael Costa, said.

Dr. Sarah Morgan, a family physician at the Hardwick Area Health Center who serves as Medical Director for Northern Counties Health Care, said that these awards are the result of a great team effort to consistently put the patient and their family at the center of their work.

“We are proud of this national recognition, and we will work continuously to maintain the level of excellence offered at each of our sites in the Northeast Kingdom,” Dr. Morgan said.