Family Medicine Residency earns Level III status
Updated: March 18, 2013 10:19AM
HINSDALE — The National Committee for Quality Assurance has awarded the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program Level III status, recognizing the hospital’s high standards of patient care.
The hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program is the first in Illinois to achieve this status, garnering a near-perfect 99 out of 100 points.
The hospital received the designation for demonstrating strong performance in the principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home. To achieve this status, a facility must demonstrated quality care in six standards: enhanced access and continuity, identification and management of patient populations, planning and management of care, self-care support and community resources.
The Family Medicine Residency program provides training in family medicine and is directed by Dr. Clara Carls. The program has been working on this achievement for a little more than a year, Carls said.
Several process changes have been instituted in the year-long process as a result, including changing how referrals are done and better tracking of diabetic patients.
“We are doing pre-visit care coordination with diabetic patients,” Carls said. Staff makes sure certain exams are done leading up to a patient visit, so the doctor can spend more time with the patient on results and progress.
Also connected with the status achievement, the Family Medicine Residency program has joined the Forward Project through the DuPage County Health Department. The project is focusing on childhood obesity.
“That’s a big part of the Patient Centered Medical Home, to use community resources,” Carls said. “We’re a highly underserved patient population at Hinsdale Family Medical Center … and to get things to that particular patient population is very difficult.”
Twenty-seven family medicine residents use the HFMC as their continuity site during their three years of training. They care for patients from diverse backgrounds who reside in DuPage, Cook and Will counties, with an emphasis on underserved DuPage County residents.
Program residents immunize more children through the All Kids program than any other DuPage County office, and their range of services include preventative care, obstetrics, behavioral health, acute care and chronic disease management.
The program’s seven faculty members include Carls, Dr. Leslie Sleuwen, Medical Director Dr. Zewdu Haile, Dr. Kate Gunnell, Dr. Rachel Klamo, Dr. Elizabeth Bockhold and clinical social worker Tony Atkin.