Safety Net Clinics Deliver Quality Care Despite Pandemic Challenges
Despite significant healthcare disruption from the global pandemic, Montgomery County's safety net clinics continued to perform at a high level, according to the FY 2021 Clinical Performance Measures released recently by the Primary Care Coalition (PCC).
This is the 14th year that PCC has published annual performance measures for the Montgomery Cares program. Mask mandates and fluctuations in COVID-19 cases posed significant challenges for the clinics during the year, including a 20% decrease in the number of patients and a 15% drop in total visits due to patient reluctance to seek in-person care and preventive screenings. Nevertheless, the clinics served more than 19,500 low-income, uninsured adults in more than 53,000 separate visits during FY 2021. Clinical performance met or exceeded national benchmarks in more than a few areas.
The patients in the Montgomery Cares program receive services through 10 independent safety-net primary care organizations, six hospitals, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Primary Care Coalition clinics, and community-based providers and groups. Medical directors and clinics had to be creative, innovative, and nimble in order to deliver critically important services during the pandemic.
Tickets Now Available to PCC's Storytelling Show
PCC's third-ever live storytelling show is coming Thursday, November 10th at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring. Join us as PCC staff and partners tell their stories of “Good Works, Done Well.” Expect to hear true stories that are a little bit irreverent, a lot heartfelt, and totally individual--including a chance encounter with Icelandic ponies in a Montgomery County kitchen. Our theme is inspired by the late Mary C. Jackson, an early member of the PCC team who dedicated her career to transformational service.
Your $50 ticket includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres before the show, and event proceeds support PCC's work to make health happen in our community. Get your tickets today!