CCCHC to receive federal grant
CCCHC one of four recipients to split $110,032 in total funding
By Chris Erickson
Coal Country Community Health Center will be receiving federal grant funding after being named just one of four recipients in the state to qualify for the award.
The health center was one of three in the state to be awarded the grant money. The fourth recipient was the University of North Dakota. Total grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services for the state was $110,032 in Affordable Care Act funding to the four recipients.
Clinic Quality Care Director Chastity Dolbec said the health center had received the grant funding for two reasons.
“It was because we were a clinical quality improver and a health center quality leader,” Dolbec said. “Basically, what that means is that we’re improving patients’ outcomes: blood pressure for hypertension, looking at lab values for diabetes - we’re trying to provide coordinated care for their health care.”
She added that improving someone’s baseline health was highly important.
“So clinical quality outcomes are any type of health care measure, preventative and chronic,” she added.
Darrold Bertsch, CCCHC CEO, said that meant increasing the health awareness of every individual.
The funding was split two ways for CCCHC, with $13,560 going toward clinical quality improvement, and $23,560 toward health center quality leadership. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, those were respectively described as health centers that have demonstrated improvements in one or more clinical measures; and health centers that have the highest performance compared to their health center peers using risk adjusted quartile rankings.