NACHC to Start Center for Quality with Newly Appointed Director Dr. David Stevens
Washington, DC—The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) will establish a new Center for Quality to represent health centers as drivers in the healthcare marketplace. Spearheading the effort is NACHC's new Associate Medical Director Dr. David Stevens, a clinician and medical expert on policy initiatives to foster quality improvement in areas such as chronic disease management, clinical measures, data collection and pediatric immunizations. Dr. Stevens is also a research professor in The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services’ Department of Health Policy.
He served as senior medical expert for Quality Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from 2003 until his appointment at NACHC. He was also acting chief of the Clinical Quality and Professional Management Branch of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and director of Clinical Management and Professional Management and chief medical officer of the Division of Community and Migrant Health.
Dr. Stevens holds a Doctorate in Medicine from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and completed his residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He also worked with Community Health Centers in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Stevens on board to establish a Center of Quality within NACHC,” said Dr. Tom Curtin, chief medical officer at NACHC. “He has the skills, credentials and leadership to forge partnerships with key stakeholders to accomplish our goal of creating an outstanding resource for health centers nationwide. Our goal is to create a wellspring of information, services, and tools for health centers that can include the latest cutting-edge ideas, networking and technical assistance on models and best practices to assure quality of care; as well as a repository of research and data resources into which health centers can routinely tap.”
The Center for Quality will ensure that Community Health Centers, which earn top ratings for effectiveness and efficiency by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), continues their record of success using the Institute of Medicine's six indicators: timeliness (reduced waiting times), efficiency (avoidance of waste and errors), equality (provide a high-quality of care to all), safety (avoid injury to patients), effectiveness (use scientific knowledge to determine delivery of care), patient-centered (care that is tailored and responsive to patient needs), and culture and communication (care with respect and attention to the patient). The Center for Quality will be based at the NACHC office in Bethesda, MD.
The George Washington University Medical Center is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary academic health center that has consistently provided high quality medical care in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 176 years. The Medical Center comprises the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the 11th oldest medical school in the country; the School of Public Health and Health Services, the only such school in the nation’s capital; GW Hospital, jointly owned and operated by a partnership between The George Washington University and a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc.; and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, an independent faculty practice plan. For more information on GWUMC, visit www.gwumc.edu.