Aug. 28, 2018
Oaklawn’s Beadle Lake facility receives milestone quality-assurance designation
MARSHALL – Oaklawn Medical Group’s Beadle Lake facility recently achieved recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, a designation established by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
The designation from the Washington, DC-based credentialing organization is a milestone for the medical group because all of its medical practices now have the same stamp of approval, said Tim Radabaugh, the group’s director of operations.
The Beadle Lake facility at 14231 Beadle Lake Road, Battle Creek, is a base for several Oaklawn medical providers and also is the home of Oaklawn Physical Rehabilitation.
Staff at the facility worked for a year to meet the specific, stringent goals regarding internal credentialing and reviewing medical practitioners and their decisions, Radabaugh said. The development is the latest upgrade since an extensive construction project in 2012 that doubled the facility’s size and increased its efficiency.
“It is a great honor, and there was a tremendous amount of teamwork to earn this designation,” Radabaugh said, citing aspects of quality and collaboration between patients and Oaklawn’s medical teams.
“It used to be that care was directed only by the physician, and the onus was on the patient to follow the plan of care,” Radabaugh said. “The goal with a Patient-Centered Medical Home is to have better outcomes because the patient is engaged in the process with the provider, the medical assistant, the nurse, the care team member, specialists and others – all to continue to work on overall better health.”
Because the Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care, a broad sense of communication is developed among the medical providers and patients, to improve the patients’ experiences and outcomes, Radabaugh said.
The program, developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, is the most widely adopted such evaluation program in the country. The organization recognizes more than 12,000 practices and more than 60,000 clinicians.
“I never had a doubt this team could do it,” said Jane Jones, Oaklawn’s executive director of organizational excellence. “They and all of Oaklawn staff are fantastic and focus on putting our patients at the center and keeping them well.
“I want to recognize all who support and drive providing high quality care to the communities we serve,” Jones said.
More information about the recognition program may be viewed online at www.ncqa.org.
Providers at Beadle Lake include Eric Ebner, M.D. (obstetrics and gynecology); Amy Babcock, FNP-C, and Thomas Farchone, M.D. (family practice); Andrew Gordon, M.D., FACS, and Caron Warnsby, M.D. (general surgery); Martin Goins, M.D., and Michael Sterrett, M.D. (otolaryngology); Ingrid Hall, M.D. (rheumatology); Carlos Martinez, M.D. (pulmonology and critical care); and David Swender, D.O. (allergy, asthma and immunology).
People who would like to receive help in finding a family-practice physician or being referred to another Oaklawn Medical Group physician may call 1-888-OAKLAWN (625-5296).